Raising Arizona


Raising Arizona was released into theaters on April 17th, 1987. Filming locations include Apache Junction, Mesa, Phoenix and Scottsdale, Az. It was directed by Ethan and Joel Coen, a.k.a. the Coen brothers. The memorable score was composed by Carter Burwell. The films first DVD release was on August 3rd, 1999.

Short Stop - 2311 W. Deer Valley Rd. Phoenix, Az. 85027

The gas station was expanded and remodeled in 1999. At the time of my visit, it was a Circle K.


Trailer - Just south of* N. 136th St. and E. Del Timbre Dr. Scottsdale, Az. 85259

This location is on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community land.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Evelle and Gale escape - 6202 N. 24th St. Phoenix, Az. 85016
(24th Street Water Treatment Plant)

The scene takes place on the south portion of the water treatment plant property. Piestewa Peak (formerly Squaw Peak) can be seen in the background. It has an elevation of 2,610 feet.


Picnic/H.I. beats up Glen - 6109 N. Apache Trail Apache Junction, Az. 85119
( Lost Dutchman State Park)

Lost Dutchman State Park is a 320-acre state park located at the base of the Superstition Mountains. It's named after the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine, a famous gold mine legendary among the tales of the old west. In the first screenshot, the view is facing north. In the second screenshot, the view is facing east, with the Superstition Mountains visible in the background.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Arizona house - N. Phoenicia Pl. and N. Phoenicia Blvd. Scottsdale, Az. 85251
(Jokake Inn)

The Jokake Inn was designed by architect Robert T. Evans and built in 1926. It was constructed using adobe bricks. The inn closed in the late 70's and is now part of the Phoenician Resort.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

H.I. runs through the house - 8620 E. Malcomb Dr. Scottsdale, Az. 85250

The 2,336 square foot house was built in 1966.


Double Coupons - 827 E. Main St. Mesa, Az. 85203

At the time of my visit, the building was vacant.


Bluebird Groceries & Provisions - 5405 E. Apache Trail Apache Junction, Az. 85119
(Bluebird Mine Gift Shop)

It opened in 1947 as the Bluefield Mine Pop Stand. This location is only a mile south of Lost Dutchman State Park, the location of the picnic from the film.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.

Farmers & Mechanics Bank of La Grange - 27500 N. Alma School Pkwy. Scottsdale, Az. 85262

Formerly the Reata Pass Steakhouse. It closed in 2012 and the entire structure was demolished in 2015. Today, a much needed housing sub-division named Ironhorse, sits in it's place. Still at the location, however, is the water tower and jailhouse seen in the film. It's directly across the street from where the Reata Pass Steakhouse used to stand.

All "Now" pictures taken in 2020.


  1. Thank you for taking the time to put this together! My favorite comedy, and it was cool to see the 2020 updated photos. Thanks again!

  2. Great work. I will need to go to a few others that you have found. Never knew the trailer was located so close to my parents, will need to check that one out. I was lucky enough to grab a few pieces from the Farmers & Mechanics Bank as the crew was tearing it down.

  3. This is so awesome to see! I live in AZ and just learned I used to live within 5 minutes of the house H.I. runs through in Scottsdale! Been here for 15 years and never knew. Thank you for such an awesome site and experience.