R2-D2 speeding down the valley
Coordinates: 36°23′37″N, 116°49′50″W

Death Valley is a valley in the U.S. state of California. Located southeast of the Sierra Nevada range in the Great Basin and the Mojave Desert, it comprises much of Death Valley National Park. It has an area of about 3,000 square miles (~7,800 km²).

The valley was filmed for A New Hope scenes. These were mostly pick up shots that were scheduled for Tunisia, but had to be filmed nearer to home because the production went over budget.

A shot at Stovepipe Wells was taken as R2-D2 drives the Dune Sea on the way to Ben Kenobi's hut only to be picked up by Jawas just before he finds Ben. There was a shot filmed at Artist's Palette of R2-D2 as he sped down the Jundland Wastes canyon to try, again, to find Ben Kenobi's hut. A shot at Dante's View was cut together with a shot at Sidi Bouhlel for a scene where Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi gaze over Mos Eisley. Mardji the Asian elephant was filmed at Desolation Canyon with a costume to look like a bantha in Jundland Wastes. Numerous shots of Mark Hamill's double in his landspeeder were also taken somewhere in Death Valley as he tries to locate R2-D2. The only shot for Return of the Jedi was filmed in the canyon nicknamed Twenty Mule Team Canyon where R2-D2 and C-3PO go to Jabba's Palace.

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Filming locations
Tunisia
Ajim · Chott el Jerid · Djerba · Grand Dune · Hôtel Sidi Driss · Ksar Hadada · Ksar Medenine · Ksar Ouled Soltane · Oung Jmel · Sidi Bouhlel · Sidi Jemour · Tataouine
Europe
Brow Head · Black Hangar Studios · Canary Islands · Caserta Palace · Derwentwater · Disneyland Paris Resort · Dingle Peninsula · Dubrovnik · Ealing Studios · Elstree Studios · Fawley Power Station · Filmstaden · Finse · Grindelwald · Lake Como · Leavesden Studios · Lee International Studios · Loire Valley · Mount Etna · Neuschwanstein Castle · Reynisfjara · Pinewood Studios · Plaza de España · Schönbrunn Palace · Shepperton Studios · Skellig Michael · Tre Cime di Lavaredo · Trentino · Villa del Balbianello · Whippendell Woods
North America
Alaska · California State University Long Beach · Death Valley · Disney's Hollywood Studios · Disneyland · Forest Grove · Griffith Park · Hawaii · Hillsboro · Kaufman Astoria Studios · Lake Tahoe - Los Angeles · New York City · Oaxaca · Redwood National Park · Santa Catalina Island · Santa Clarita · Sequoia National Park · Sierra Nevada · Skywalker Ranch · Teletape Studios · Tikal · Walter Pyramid · Woodland Hills · Yuma
Asia
Chiba Prefecture · Chukotka Autonomous Okrug · Guilin · Hong Kong Disneyland · Kyoto · Phuket · Shibuya · Toei Movie Studios, Kyoto · Toei Movie Studios, Tokyo · Tokyo
South America
Salar de Uyuni
Australia and Oceania
Fox Studios, Sydney · Henderson Valley Studios · Lake Wakatipu · McLaren Falls Park · Puketutu Island · Studio West, Auckland · Tokoroa
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