Star Wars in Death Valley
Turns out the world of Star Wars isn’t so far, far away after all: It’s in a national park. Unbeknownst to many fans, scenes from both the original Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977 and Return of the Jedi in 1982 were shot in Death Valley National Park, and many of the filming sites are still accessible to fans today. For the original, producers recruited students from a nearby elementary school to work as extras for the film. Sally Weber, mother of 6-year-old Joe Weber, captured images of the day.