Idaho, the 14th largest and the 39th most populous state in the U.S., is also home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes. Being a mountainous state larger than all of New England, Idaho is famous for its craggy mountains, lava flows, whitewater, farms and quaint towns, and dusty back roads, some of the best backgrounds for any film production.
In addition to the stunning, unique locations, Idaho’s moderate climate and long summer days (with daylight lasting until 10pm) offer huge benefits to productions. Filming in Idaho can be quite economical since most of the cities in the state don’t require film permits, saving filmmakers time and money. The state also has a deep base of local crews with a broad range of production skills.
Over the decades, there have been many productions shot in Idaho. You may be surprised to find out that some of your favorite classic films were filmed in the Gem State (nicknamed for the large variety of gemstone found in the state). Here is our list of the top twelve movies made in Idaho – in no particular order: