NM Film Trails

With over 360 days of sunshine and a stunning, diverse topography, New Mexico is not new to Hollywood. New Mexico film history spans over 100 years and includes more than 600 productions. Film has reached every corner of the State from “Transformers” on location in the dunes of White Sands National Monument to “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade” along the Cumbres Toltec Railroad outside of Chama. Since 2003 alone, over 205 major productions have shot all over New Mexico. Visit New Mexico State Film Office’s Filmography to see the gamut of storylines filmed right here, statewide, featuring a host of celebrities from Faye Dunaway to Johnny Depp. Now you can visit many of these film locations by downloading movie maps provided under each region listed below. Tour New Mexico in true style: eat at the restaurants and stay at the hotels of your favorite stars or featured in your favorite shows. It’s an exciting way to experience New Mexico and another way to make New Mexico a True Adventure.

Featured Production: Longmire

“...While the story is supposed to take place in northern Wyoming, the series is being filmed in Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Eagle Nest, and Red River”

Walt Longmire is the dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit. 

While the story is supposed to take place in northern Wyoming, the series is being filmed in Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Eagle Nest, and Red River, New Mexico.

8 Things That You Should Know About The Show:

  1. The show is an adaption of Craig Johnson’s Longmire mystery novels.
  2. Craig Johnson is a New York Times best-selling author (A Serpent’s Tooth).
  3. Yes, it is shot in New Mexico.
  4. In 2013, a wildfire in the Valles Caldera National Preserve forced producers from the show to attend a public meeting. The blaze almost forced them to pick a different backdrop for the show’s opening scene.
  5. Wall Street Journal, on the show: "‘Longmire’ is the best of two worlds: a modern crime drama with dry wit and sometimes heart-wrenching emotion that's also got a glorious setting.”
  6. The show draws more than four million viewers for A&E and is one of the most watched scripted series for the network, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
  7. The show has completed filming of its third season which aired June 2 on A&E.
  8. It won a 2013 Western Heritage Award in the category of Fictional Television Drama.

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Featured Production: Manhattan

“... Fueled by mystery and suspense, “Manhattan” is set in the 1940s in a town whose very existence is classified. ”

Set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science with the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Flawed scientists and their families attempt to co-exist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.

Fueled by mystery and suspense, “Manhattan” is set in the 1940s in a town whose very existence is classified. Frank Winter and his team of brilliant but flawed scientists have been recruited to work on a project even they could know nothing about until their arrival.  Once inside “The Hill,” a middle-class bubble on a dusty foothill in the New Mexico desert, they begin to sense that this is no ordinary assignment.  In fact, they are living in a town with the world’s highest concentration of geniuses, yet it can’t be found on any map—a place where men and women are torn between duty and their moral values, husbands and wives conceal the truth from each other and their families, the military keeps secrets from the scientists they chaperone, and the scientists keep secrets from each other.  “Manhattan” depicts the wonder, danger and deceit that shadowed the first “nuclear” families.

Featured Production: Breaking Bad

“...The city of Albuquerque stars as a character in the series with film locations throughout the metro area.”

As most fans know, the AMC hit series Breaking Bad is filmed and set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The newly released 2013 Emmy nominations are filled with Breaking Bad nods for outstanding drama series, writing, directing and acting by it’s key cast members. In 2013 Breaking Bad was also nominated for multiple Golden Globe awards including Best Drama Television Series and Bryan Cranston was awarded Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series. The show, now in its fifth and final season, has attracted interest in Albuquerque from around the world, even in countries where it is not aired on network TV.

The city of Albuquerque stars as a character in the series with film locations throughout the metro area. We have compiled a snapshot of film locations along with nearby tourist destinations to help visitors discover what Albuquerque is really about – 300+ years of history, diverse arts and culture, delectable New Mexican cuisine, spectacular weather and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities.

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Breaking Bad: Film Locations

“Albuquerque itself has become a character in our show. A really important character in our show,” said Bryan Cranston, who plays Walter White, in a recent radio interview. “It gave it a justifiable location. A sound, solid place that not many people have related to. They’ve seen Los Angeles, they’ve seen New York, but they haven’t really seen Albuquerque and New Mexico.”

To see locations where Breaking Bad was filmed click on the link to the right below the video.

Breaking Bad in the News

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Central Region

“...For five seasons Albuquerque has been the location and the setting of the hit TV series Breaking Bad. Be sure to take the Albuquerque Trolley Company Breaking Bad tour! ”

Central New Mexico

For five seasons Albuquerque has been the location and the setting of the hit TV series Breaking Bad. Be sure to take the Albuquerque Trolly Company Breaking Bad tour!
Breaking Bad

The Desert Sands Motel, where Josh Brolin meets his end, was supposed to be in Texas in No Country for Old Men. You'll actually find it on Central Avenue in Albuquerque!
No Country for Old Men

In the classic film Lonely Are the Brave, Kirk Douglas rides his horse straight up the 10,678' sheer face of the Sandia Mountains on the eastern edge of Albuquerque to elude Walter Mathau.
Lonely Are the Brave

Rio Rancho

As a vampire, Colin Farrell terrorized the quiet neighborhoods of Rio Rancho in Fright Night.
Fright Night

Laguna Pueblo

The Joad's passed through the remarkably picturesque Laguna Pueblo in Grapes of Wrath. It is just as photogenic today as it was then!
Grapes of Wrath

Isleta Pueblo

One of the first films ever made by the Edison company was Indian Day School, a 50 second depiction of children leaving school at Isleta Pueblo.
Indian Day School

Belen

The town of "Texico, New Mexico" in Kevin Costner's Swing Vote was actually the crossroads of Becker Avenue and 2nd Street in Belen.
Swing Vote

Movies that have filmed at the Railyards:

Albuquerque: Once the largest steam locomotive repair facility in the country. The Railyard has been a prime location for numerous productions.

Click on the image to download a map of Central New Mexico Film locations

Central

North Central Region

“...Take the beautiful scenic ride on State Road 41 to Galisteo – you’ll recognize the landscape from Westerns such as The Cowboys, Silverado, Lonesome Dove, and 3:10 to Yuma.”

North Central New Mexico

 

Cerrillos

The town of Cerrillos has been used as a movie location for more than a dozen projects.

In 1958, Walt Disney Studios released a television miniseries entitled The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca, starring Robert Loggia in the title role.

A few Stutz Bearcat cars zipped through the streets of Cerrillos for Bearcats! in 1971.

In 1987, filming Outrageous Fortune brought Bette Midler, Shelley Long and George Carlin to Cerrillos. 

Young Guns was filmed around New Mexico in 1988 and Cerrillos became the town of Lincoln. The action took place on First Street and at the corner of First & Main and the signs on First Street buildings are reminders of the film.
Young Guns

The 2011 TV Pilot  for Longmire was filmed on back roads of Cerrillos and the Red Pony Bar was in Madrid  starring  Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Bailey Chase, Lou Diamond Phillips.
Longmire
 
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden
filmed in Waldo Canyon, CR 57 in 2012  starring Cam Gigandet, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriguez. 
Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden
 
 The ever funny We're The Millers filmed in rural Cerrillos in 2012 with Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts & Jason Sudeikis  using the San Marcos Arroyo and the old Cerrillos school house property as the Mexican compound.
We're The Millers

Chama

Ride the vintage Cumbres and Toltec Railroad through 10,020' Cumbres Pass! Just like they did in Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
The History of Film in New Mexico

Taos

The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the 5th highest bridge in the United States and has been featured in Terminator Salvation, Wild Hogs, and Natural Born Killers.
Terminator Salvation AND Natural Born Killers

Many scenes in Easy Rider were shot in Taos. When Billy and Wyatt head for "The Commune" they ride past the 1,000-year-old dwelling, Taos Pueblo.
Easy Rider

Los Alamos

Ever wonder how New Mexico looked like Wyoming for the TV Series Longmire? Visit the Valles Caldera national Preserve – you'll be amazed!
Longmire

Santa Fe

Jeff Bridges won an Oscar for his role in Crazy Heart. A visit to the Santa Fe Opera will make you feel like you're in the end of the movie!
Crazy Heart

Take the beautiful scenic ride on State Road 41 to Galisteo – you'll recognize the landscape from Westerns such as The Cowboys, Silverado, Lonesome Dove, and 3:10 to Yuma.
Lonesome Dove AND 3:10 to Yuma

Madrid

The town of Madrid on the beautiful Turquoise Trail was featured in the John Travolta movie Wild Hogs. Stop at "Maggie's Diner"!
Wild Hogs

Zia Pueblo

Some of the most diverse desert landscapes can be found at Zia Pueblo, which has seen many films including Cowboys and Aliens.
Cowboys and Aliens

Film Locations in North Central New Mexico

Click on the image below for a map of North Central New Mexico film locations

Northcentral

Northeastern Region

“...The cult movie classic, Red Dawn, used a whole lot of Las Vegas in the film. The Calumet Says, 'Howdy' mural is still visible on the corner of 6th and Grand Avenue”

Northeastern New Mexico

The Enchanted Circle

The Enchanted Circle is a beautiful mountain drive through Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire. The area was the backdrop for Chloe Moretz in Let Me In and Sean Penn in This Must Be the Place.
Let Me In AND This Must Be the Place

Raton

Remember the song in Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean? Well – they made it into a movie with beautiful Vermejo Park, just outside Raton, as the backdrop.
Big Bad John

Las Vegas

Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) shot Carson Wells (Woody Harrelson) at the Plaza Hotel in No Country for Old Men. You’ll recognize a lot of Las Vegas from the Academy Award winning film.
No Country for Old Men

Much traveler confusion resulted when No Country for Old Men built the “Mexico Border Crossing” on the University Ave – Interstate 25 overpass.

The cult movie classic, Red Dawn, used a whole lot of Las Vegas in the film. The Calumet Says Howdy” mural is still visible on the corner of 6th and Grand Avenue (PHOTO OP!)
Red Dawn

Roy

Roy, New Mexico stood for “Ray, Wyoming” in Did You Hear About the Morgans?. Sarah Jessica Parker in Roy? TRUE!
Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Santa Rosa

The Joad’s ramshackle truck drove through the town of Santa Rosa in The Grapes of Wrath. The actual Route 66 passes through this classic town.
The Grapes of Wrath

Film Locations in Northeastern New Mexico

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Northeastern

Northwestern Region

“...When the Joad’s cross into “Arizona” in The Grapes of Wrath, Pyramid Rock in Gallup NM is clearly visible in the background. ”

Northwestern New Mexico

Shiprock

The impressive edifice of the Shiprock formation rises 1,583’ from the high desert plains. It has appeared in diverse films such as Transformers, Natural Born Killers, and The Hallelujah Trail.
Transformers the Movie AND Natural Born Killers AND The Hallelujah Trail

Bisti Badlands

One of the most unusual landscapes in New Mexico, The Bisti Badlands played another planet in Star Gate Universe: Malice.
Star Gate Universe: Malice

Gallup

Though technically The Rockies end near Santa Fe, Red Rock was also the stetting for Rocky Mountain with Errol Flynn and Slim Pickens.
Rocky Mountain

Stunning Red Rock Park hosted many westerns through the years, including Only the Valiant starring Gregory Peck and Ward Bond.
Only the Valiant

When the Joad’s cross into “Arizona” in The Grapes of Wrath, Pyramid Rock in Gallup NM is clearly visible in the background.
The Grapes of Wrath

Zuni Pueblo

The film Dark Blood shot some scenes at Zuni Pueblo. The film was never released due to the death of its star, River Phoenix, during production.
Dark Blood

Cabezon

The volcanic plug Cabezon Peak is visible for miles in this area. It also has appeared in My Name is Nobody and the TV show Breaking Bad.
Breaking Bad

Acoma Sky City

Acoma Sky City sits atop a spectacular 367’ high mesa as a protection for its inhabitants. In 1929 the film Red Skin asked permission to build a road to the top. It is still the only existing road to the reach the pueblo today!

Film Locations in Northwestern New Mexico

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Northwest

Southwestern Region

“...The Very Large Array, one of the world's premier astronomical radio observatories, consists of 27 radio antennas in a Y-shaped configuration on the Plains of San Agustin fifty miles west of Socorro”

Southwestern New Mexico

The Very Large Array

The Very Large Array (VLA) is a radio astronomy observatory consisting of 27 (209 metric ton) moveable antennas. Jodie Foster used it to communicate with aliens in Contact. Visitors welcome!
Contact

Mogollon

Terence Hill met Henry Fonda in Mogollon in My Name is Nobody. This ghost town looks almost exactly like it did then. This film was Fonda’s last western.
My Name is Nobody

Truth or Consequences

The town of Truth or Consequences (formerly Hot Springs) got its name from a contest run by the Radio/TV show of the same name. The show’s host, Ralph Edwards, visited the town for Fiesta every year for 50 years after broadcasting the show from the town.

Silver City

The awesome (and huge) Silver City area copper mines were used for the film North Country starring Charlize Theron.
North Country

Lordsburg

Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan battled it out on the dry lakebed west of the town in Seraphim Falls.
Seraphim Falls

Deming

The WWII era hangars at the Deming Municipal Airport appear in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skpl

Las Cruces

Parts of the Clint Eastwood “oater” Hang ‘Em High were shot in Las Cruces. Try Old Mesilla for a taste of Old Mexico.
Hang ‘Em High

Film Locations in Southwestern New Mexico

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Southwest

Southeastern Region

“...George Clooney strode the grounds of the New Mexico Military Institute in The Men Who Stare at Goats. ”

Southeastern

Moriarty

Christopher Walken steals the abused dog outside Mae’s High Valley Café in Moriarty in the film Around the Bend.
Around the Bend

Estancia

10-4 Good Buddy! Kris Kristofferson rumbled through Estancia in the classic Trucker film Convoy.
Convoy

Carrizozo

Historic 12th Street in Carrizozo became a Post-Apocalyptic Main Street in The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington.
The Book of Eli

Lincoln

One of New Mexico’s most colorful, historical figures, Billy the Kid, found his fame in Lincoln. The town looks much like it did then and was used in the film Dirty Little Billy.
Dirty Little Billy

Roswell

Roswell was the backdrop for a real life UFO encounter in 1947 – and for the David Bowie film The Man Who Fell to Earth. Don’t miss the UFO Museum!
The Man Who Fell to Earth

George Clooney strode the grounds of the New Mexico Military Institute in The Men Who Stare at Goats.
The Men Who Stare at Goats

Carlsbad

Director Henry Levin wanted to make a film called Journey to the Center of the Earth – where in New Mexico would you do that? Well… Carlsbad Caverns of course… a journey to the center of the earth is for real. TRUE!
Journey to the Center of the Earth

Alamogordo

White Sands is the largest surface deposit of gypsum sand dunes in the world. It has appeared in many films, including Transformers 1 & 2.
Transformers 1 AND Transformers 2

Film Locations in Southeastern New Mexico

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Southeastern

Download the Complete Film Trails Brochure

“...See the locations where your favorite films were shot”

Click Here to download the complete New Mexico True Film Trails Brochure provided to you by the New Mexico Tourism Department.

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Big Annual Events

Annually In March
The Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show returns to the Sandia Resort every March
Early April
Cowboy Cooking at its Best
April
Gathering on Nations Pow Wow
Albuquerque
Memorial Day Weekend
Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show and sale.
Fourth of July Weekend
Roswell UFO Festival
Roswell
July 4th Weekend
Come out and enjoy this terrific family friendly event with plenty of award winning BBQ.
July
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Santa Fe
July
62nd Annual Traditional Spanish Market
Santa Fe
Late July Early August
Get down to Earth at the Silver City Clay Festival
4th weekend in August
The Great American Duck Race
Deming
August
Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
Gallup
Annually In August
The Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show
August
SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe
August
Hot Chili Days & Cool Mountain Nights
Red River
August
Hatch Chile Festival
Hatch, NM
September
Hot Air Balloon Invitational
White Sands National Monument
September
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival
Santa Fe
Mid September
Globalquerque! is New Mexico's Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture.
September
The Whole Enchilada Festival
Las Cruces
Late September
We welcome you to come, explore, and help sustain the rural economy
October
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque
October
Lincoln County
Cowboy Symposium
November
Festival of the Cranes
Bosque Del Apache
December
Red Rock Balloon Rally
Gallup
Taos Ski Valley
Every Summer, get out and dance
July - August in Santa Fe
The world renowned performance venue
Annually in Santa Fe
World class performers every year
Al fresco in Angel Fire
Come enjoy some of the best performances in the Southwest
World Class Taos
Recognized for creative programming and first-class artistry
Annually in the Fall
Midway, Livestock, Art, & everything New Mexican!
Annually in the Fall
Come celebrate the Tradition
Taking Place all year long
Visit the calendar of event for Native American here!
One of the Duke City's Bigest Sporting Events
Come on out and bring your dog
New Mexico Senior Olympics
You don't stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing
Annually in the Fall
Experience a course across ancient land
World renowned Race in the Spring
New Mexico's premier road cycling race
Memorial Day Weekend
Celebrating 20 years of flag football
Every October
Visit the cool pines.
November
Weems Artfest has become a nationally recognized juried art event ...
September
The Ruidoso Century Race