I have always wondered what really happened to the Jurassic Park gate prop, and the "stone" archway. Does Universal Studios have the "stone" archway for their Jurassic Park ride?

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    You mean in real life? – Möoz Dec 14 '17 at 3:56
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    @Möoz - I presume OP means the actual prop. It's been moved from the original filming location; kauaisurfclothing.com/jurassic-park-gate-kauai – Valorum Dec 14 '17 at 7:47
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    This is a perfectly on-topic question, even if it is asking about a real world prop. – Edlothiad Dec 14 '17 at 10:45
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    I'm only going to post a comment since I have no actual clue regarding this gate, but from former research on large props and even being fortunate to see a few films being filmed (from a distance) near where I've lived, most large props are dismantled and simply trashed or even burned. The gate wasn't a real gate. It was likely made of molded plastics, plaster and paint. Often, when shooting is done, large props are destroyed because it's the easiest way to deal with them, rather than paying to dismantle and ship it from Hawaii to Hollywood for storage. – RLH Dec 14 '17 at 13:10
  • @Edlothiad Agreed. – Möoz Dec 14 '17 at 21:19

After chasing up a considerable number of people involved in the Hawaii location filming, I managed to touch base with my good friend Rick Carter, the film's Production Designer via email.

His recollection is that he is quite sure that the gate was ...

"...struck and trashed after the filming..."

...and that whatever remained of the gates and materials were obliterated by the elements, notably ...

"...hurricane Iniki [which made landfall] during the end of the production on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, which probably damaged them significantly."

It's possible that pieces of the gate could be found nearby the gate site (noting that the poles that are show to tourists aren't actually part of the original since they're nearly a hundred feet ahead of the site where the gate was placed) if one were to look hard enough, but since the gate was likely made out of little more than flimsy sheets of balsawood painted brown for wood and grey for stone, they could literally have gone anywhere.


There are several YouTube videos of people going to the location of the Gate filmed in the movie.

7 years ago

4 years ago

This year

The actually Gate was located about 300 feet past these 2 poles. There is nothing left of the gate.

The last 2 give a pretty good description of how to get there if you want to see it yourself.

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    If you scroll a little later in the third video, the lady explains that these aren't the poles that held up the gates, but rather "trail markers", presumably added by locals so that they could show them to tourists; youtu.be/L2wKoHTk1UM?t=423 – Valorum Jun 1 '19 at 23:45

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