John Wayne at Iversion

The Santa Susana Pass leads to Iverson's Ranch. John Wayne's first movie on the premises was 1932's "Texas Cyclone".

From Corriganville, one just needs to cross the Santa Susana Pass over to Iverson Road and to discover another movie location bonanza, which is now history. Near a town called Canoga Park are huge elephant-sized outcroppings of rock. This was called Iverson’s Ranch. Wayne's first movie up there was Texas Cyclone in 1932. Before Stagecoach came along, he had already filmed Haunted Gold, Central Airport, and The Dawn Rider on the ranch’s grounds. Even after Stagecoach, Republic sent him right back to Iverson Movie Ranch, for Santa Fe Stampede, and Three Texas Steers

John Wayne makes his famous entrance in "Stagecoach" - not in Monument Valley, but on the grounds of Iverson's Ranch in California.

Even though in the movie the Stagecoach had reached Monument Valley, when the Ringo Kids twirls his rifle to hold the stage, he stands in Iverson Ranch in the Simi Hills. When he makes his now-famous entrance, „Wyatt Earp Rock“ is backing him up, the distinctive boulder in the Iverson Gorge. 

A famous landmark in many westerns: Tower Rock and the Sphinx in what was the movie location "Iverson's Ranch" are seen in John Wayne's "Stagecoach".

As the stagecoach arrives at its first relay station, it runs between a famous rock formation in Lower Iverson, called Tower Rock to the left and the Sphinx to the right. This heavily filmed place is now... 

The Garden of the Gods: Tower Rock and The Sphinx are the distinctive rocks used in John Wayne's classic "Stagecoach".

...the backyard of a private home on Red Mesa Road, in the middle of the Garden of the Gods, as the area became known for.

The Garden of the Gods pays hommage to the western stars who fought on these rocks: John Wayne and Yakima Canutt, among others.

Hommage to the six-gun heroes: this plaque in the Garden of the Gods is in the same place where Yakima Canutt led his stuntmen to start the chase of the Stagecoach.

When the "Stagecoach" reaches the burned ferry, John Wayne is on location in Iverson's Ranch - now a parking lot.

The Stagecoach reaches Lee’s Ferry, burned to the ground by the Apaches. John Ford put the smoking ruins on one of the most frequently used spots at Iverson, with Batman Rock and the Happy Slab in the background. A parking lot today.

What was known as the movie location Upper-Iverson was the place where John Wayne battled the Japanese army in "The Fighting Seabees".

In December 1943, Republic rented a large section of Upper-Iverson (as the upper part of the ranch was known around Hollywood producers) to turn it into a Pacific Island on which John Wayne battles the Japanese army with his Fighting Seabees.

John Wayne rides the bulldozer in "The Fighting Seabees" - not on a Pacific Island, but on Iverson's Ranch.

The area under siege included Cactus Hill and the South Rim of the Upper Iverson; the landmark Eagle Beak Rock is prominently seen.

John Wayne's "The Fighting Seabees" was shot in what is today knowns as "Garden of the Gods" in Los Angeles.

For the combat scenes, Republic took over Lower Iverson. In the scenes were the U.S. Troops are positioned in the Upper Gorge, a portion of the Garden of the Gods is visible in the background: Tower Rock makes a brief comeback after having served as a cornerstone for Stagecoach.