Humboldt County may be hundreds of miles from Hollywood but its picturesque beauty has dazzled its way onto the big screen more than a few times.
Did dinosaurs once roam Humboldt County? Steven Spielberg must think so since he filmed scenes from 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park' in primordial Fern Canyon*. What about Darth Vader? George Lucas filmed parts of 'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi' in Redwood National & State Parks. Want to tesser to an alien world? Visit local city and state park filming locations for Disney's 'A Wrinkle in Time.'
For over 100 years, Humboldt County's unique landscape and towns have drawn attention from many filmmakers. The press has taken note of the starring role of Humboldt County as well. In 2009, in a run-up to the Oscar presentations, the San Francisco Chronicle Travel Section presented five nominations for Best Inspiration for Movie Locations. Humboldt County was among only two in Northern California. Read the article here.
Families visiting the area may want to join in the fun and plan a tour of the locales. Kids of all ages can walk through the Victorian town where Jim Carrey starred in 'The Majestic' and Dustin Hoffman in 'Outbreak,' and the otherworldly canyons and groves where dinosaurs and Jedi knights once strode. Download Map Here or view Google map.
For information about making films or commercials in Humboldt County, contact the Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission at 707.443.4488 or http://filmhumboldt.org.
*Due to the volume of visitors, California State Parks / National Park Service will require Day Use Permits to access to Gold Bluffs Beach and Fern Canyon. Reservations will be required May 15th to September 15th. Reservations are not required September 16th to May 14th. Visitors are still required to pay the day-use fee. Apply for a Permit: https://www.redwoodparksconservancy.org/permits/fern-canyon-permits