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Town of Marana

Introduction to Marana, AZ

The Town of Marana, which shares a boundary with the City of Tucson, is as resourceful as it is stunning. All of our locations are within close proximity of professional production crew and support services, and there are numerous hotel and short-term rental options. We have been a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International since 2018. Marana has an outstanding reputation as being a very film-friendly business community with low production costs.

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Film Credits

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General Info for Marana, AZ

Weather in Marana, AZ

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high in ºF 69 72 78 86 94 104 103 101 98 89 77 68
Average low in ºF 42 44 49 55 62 72 76 75 70 60 49 42
Av. precipitation in inches 1.2 1.2 0.7 0.3 0.1 0.2 1.3 1.5 1.1 0.6 0.7 1.3

Average Daylight Hours in Marana, AZ

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daylight Hours 8.7 9.3 10.5 11.5 12.4 12.8 12.4 11.8 11 10 9.2 8.4

Permitting Agencies

  • Town of Marana film permit, 5+ days
  • Bureau of Land Management, 30+ Days
  • Pima County, 30+ days

First Aid & Medical Services

Carondelet Marana
5620 W Cortaro Farms Rd
Tucson, AZ, 85742
(520) 872-4000
Open 24 hours

Northwest Emergency Center Marana
6350 Marana Center Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85742
(520) 579-6040
Open 24 hours

Oro Valley Hospital
1551 E Tangerine Rd
Oro Valley, AZ 85755
(520) 901-3500
Open 24 hours

A Few Filming Locations in Marana, AZ

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Wild Burro Trailhead

Marana Regional Airport

Town of Marana Roads and Vistas

Wild Burro Trailhead

Decorated with beautiful wildflowers, the Wild Burro Trailhead encapsulates Western filmmaking iconograpy. Visuals include saguaro cactus landscapes, ruins of an early 20th century stone house, an east-west canyon with beautiful mountains views and winding red dirt trails. The location has been used for award-winning nature documentaries and a collaboration with KIND bars and Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.

Marana Regional Airport

Classified as a general reliever airport for Tucson International, the Marana Regional Airport (AVQ) is a premier location for filmmaking with its majestic Tucson Mountain Range views. The airport has a rich history as one of Arizona’s World War II Army Airfields and is home to more than 260 based aircraft. In 2020, Marana Regional Airport was accepted in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Federal Contract Tower (FCT) program and is authorized to install an air traffic control tower.

Town of Marana Roads and Vistas

Marana’s roads feature rural landscapes framed by open space, farm lands, and the dramatic mountains of Saguaro National Park West located in the Tucson Mountain Range, giving filmmakers and production crews a variety of different angles and shots to choose from. The vistas are just as extraordinary for location scouts.

Incentives & Rebates

Upon registering with the Film Office Production Directory, verified users are automatically eligible for the benefits of “Reel Savings” discounts and rebates at a minimum of 10% off all costs. The Town of Marana’s film business community may provide special hotel rates and discounts in addition to the “Reel Savings” program, and the Marana Chamber of Commerce contains over 600 members who may also provide special rates for film projects.

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Film Credits for Marana, AZ

The Marana Film Office and Laura Cortelyou have been a pleasure to work with each time I’ve worked with them.
They have made obtaining a permit and filming streamlined and easy. Everyone is extremely helpful and quick to find
solutions to any requests we’ve had. The filming locations offer beautiful and dramatic Sonoran Desert scenery with
dense saguaro forests and plenty of wildlife – perfect for nature documentary and western filming.

Pinau Merlin

Sonoran Desert natural history consultant , BBC, New Zealand Natural History TV, Altay Films, Silverback Films, and others

Making a film during a pandemic is quite challenging. You have to seek locations where you can create a ‘bubble’ for
your cast and crew away from the general public. A limited schedule and budget add their own complications. Laura
Cortelyou at the Marana Film Office provided us with multiple options to encompass all our needs. Locations that were
close in proximity. We had solitary access while we were shooting. The Marana Police were extremely helpful with
traffic control. In all, filming in Marana, Arizona brought our film to life.

Douglas A. Raine

DGA, The Crossroads (2021), Lucky U Ranch (2016), Around the World in 80 Days (2004)

Film Credits

  • Winchester ’73
  • Rio Bravo
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Flashpoint
  • The Quick and the Dead
  • Geronimo
  • Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

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Laura Funkhouser Cortelyou

Laura Funkhouser Cortelyou

Marana Film Office

Phone: 520-382-1988
Email: lcortelyou@maranaaz.gov
Website: www.MaranaFilmOffice.org