My family and I were passing by on our way to Albuquerque and stopped by the J.W. Eaves Movie Ranch. We read about it on roadsideamerica.com and thought it sounded cool. We were under the impression that it was open to the public but when we got there it seemed abandoned so we started walking around to explore a bit. After about 10 minutes the "caretaker" and a small group came out of one of the movie set buildings and asked if he could help us. We explained that we just wanted to look around and he told us that the town wasn't open to the public. I think he noticed my 12 year old boy's disappointment so he told us we could go in a little furhter and check out the jail. It was very nice of him to let us in so we poked around a little longer and left before our welcome was done worn out. As we were leaving we noticed a sign that said "Tours, $20/adults, $10/child" so we were a bit confused that the "caretaker" didn't mention anything about tours. Although a bit pricey, the ranch is sooo cool that I would be willing to pay to get a personalized tour explaining each building and what movie scenes were filmed where. Maybe someday we'll get that priviledge but if you plan on stopping by, I would suggest that you call first and ask "what's up with these private tours I've heard about?"
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