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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Return to Sad Hill

My recent trip to Spain, also marked my return trip to the filming location of finale of The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly commonly known as Sad Hill, the fictitious cemetery from the film.  My first trip in 2013, and was well documented here, here, and here.  At that time Sad Hill was mostly forgotten and grown over, with only a sign to mark it's location and two freshly erected grave markers put up by what would become The Sad Hill Cultural Association.

Now four years later, a lot has changed!

Through passion and crowdfunding, the Association has restored the cemetery to it's 1966 glory!  The original stone circle has been unearthed, and at least a thousand grave markers have been placed back on the original mounds.  Parts that had become overgrown have been cleared, and great details have been added such as the stone grave marker Tuco lands on after the cannon blast, the hanging tree above the unknown grave, and the empty grave Angel Eyes falls into.

The restoration of this location is also the subject of the forthcoming documentary Sad Hill Unearthed.

The location is beyond amazing, and was a true labor of love for all those involved.  I have been in contact with Sad Hill Cultural Association member Sergio Garcia since directly after my first visit, and was honored to finally meet him at the location he has worked so tirelessly at, to make his dream a reality.

Myself and Sergio at the spot where LVC stood during the duel

Recreating an iconic shot

Comparison with stone circle

Below are some additional photos.  Click to enlarge!

a group of tourists look over the Angel Eyes "grave"

Finally for comparison here is a wide shot of 2013 vs 2017


  1. Thank you Aaron. That location has always been so interesting to me. I don't think I've seen the location in any other film. It is wonderful this iconic location has been restored.

  2. Hola Aaron! great post, we spent a good time there. we wait for you in the future