After writing my first addition, I saw that there are 6 filming locations listed. After reviewing these, I am questioning where this info is coming from - we are given no attributions here. I question some of these locations for the following reasons:
Bonanza Creek Ranch - The Bonanza Creek Ranch did not exist as a filming location in 1955. I believe whoever put this
location list together, mixed up the Bonanza Creek Ranch with the Evans Film Ranch. The Evans
Film Ranch, probably because it is larger and affords much better views, is used much more
by film companies than Bonanza Creek Ranch.
Window Rock Arizona - I question this since a disclaimer at the beginning of the credits says the movie was filmed
entirely in New Mexico. Also, after viewing the movie several times with an eye for locations, I
can see nothing that looks like the Window Rock area. If there is someone out there that can
tell me otherwise, please, please respond.
Taos Pueblo - This is another case where I think someone says "Oh, that look like the Taos Pueblo" and it becomes
written in stone. The Tesuque Pueblo is listed later as a location site, and I do think that pueblo was
the one used as the town of Coronado. The mountains in the background would correspond with the
Truchas Peaks area. The town of Coronado, if you look closely, is much too authentic in its details to
have been a Hollywood construct. I believe they used the Tesuque Pueblo (just a few mile north of
Santa Fe) and made some additions to make it more town-like. From my knowledge of the Taos pueblo,
I do not think they would have allowed such extensive filming in 1955.
If there is someone out there that tell me how this location list was put together or has any ***first-hand*** knowledge
about the filming locations, could you please respond.