New Mexico has more than a dozen sound stages and western sets. All across the state, from Northern to Southern New Mexico, you will find exceptional filming locations, including many with wide vistas and varied terrain. New Mexico also has the largest skilled resident crew base between the east and west coasts.
New Mexico’s historic capital city of Santa Fe has many filming locations itself, including two studios and four western ranches. Among the many films and series that have been shot here are No Country for Old Men, Manhattan and Crazy Heart.
New Mexico accommodates shoots including television, film, commercials, and music videos. The state has a strong incentive program; please contact the New Mexico Film Office for more information. To learn more about New Mexico’s and Santa Fe’s filming locations, please visit the New Mexico Film Office locations database.
Below are some of the film-friendly locations near Santa Fe. There are many more; please visit our beautiful city to discover them!
boasts three stages—one 14,000-square-foot stage, another 7,500-square-foot stage, and a third 2,800 square-foot stage—plus office space, green screen and hard cycloramas, and a large parking area, all located on an 80-acre campus in the center of town.
505-473-6402 • 3.8 miles from Stagecoach Foundation.
Santa Fe Studios
features two 19,275-square-foot stages (which can be combined), a 4,600-square-foot mill, 24,000 square feet of office space, and is located on the southwest end of town on 57 open acres of land—ideal as a backlot.
505-954-2400 • 14.8 miles from Stagecoach Foundation.
Santa Fe’s sets provide a wide range of filming opportunities, with a particular focus on western scenery. To work with a regional location scout, please contact the Santa Fe Film Office.
Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch
ranch spanning thousands of acres, with five distinct sets and 360° vistas. Sets include a fort, three homesteads (mountain, prairie, and village), a pond house and a town with 24 buildings. Filming location for 130+ movies.
505-476-5600 • 17 miles from Stagecoach Foundation.
Cerro Pelon Ranch / Silverado Western Set
20,662 acres of ranchland in the Galisteo Basin, including the Old West town Silverado, built for the 1985 film of the same name. Other films include All the Pretty Horses and Cowboys and Aliens.
505-476-5600 • 34.8 miles from Stagecoach Foundation.
Eaves Western Set
since the 1960s, Eaves has welcomed productions including The Cheyenne Social Club and Chisum. Originally a cattle ranch, Rancho Allegre, today Eaves also hosts events such as festivals.
505-476-5600 • 20.2 miles from Stagecoach Foundation.
Madrid and Mineshaft Tavern
a mining town‒turned ghost town‒turned quirky art town, Madrid packs numerous spectacles into its 1.4 square miles. The Mine Shaft Tavern is a sprawling saloon with a decidedly Old West feel.
505-473-0743 • 28.1 miles from Stagecoach Foundation.
San Cristobal Ranch
a working cattle and horse ranch of 81,000 acres in the Galisteo Basin, between several mountain ranges. Its varied terrain has made San Cristobal a popular filming spot for movies including True Grit and Thor.
505-476-5600 • 26.1 miles from Stagecoach Foundation.
Santa Fe Sites
Santa Fe’s rich culture, long history and striking natural settings—with everything from desertscapes to pine forests—provide many filming opportunities beyond sets and sound stages.
Railyard District, with a park, promenade and plaza at Santa Fe’s historic railroad hub
Santa Fe Ski Basin: beautiful mountain and forest scenery, with wide-ranging vistas
Downtown Santa Fe, including the 17th-century Santa Fe Plaza and many classic adobe buildings
Buffalo Thunder: 587-acre resort and casino in the striking Pojoaque Valley
Sunspear: 72 acres of land managed by the Stagecoach Foundation, located behind the one of the oldest lumber yards in New Mexico, the Hansen Lumber Yard. This is a private property; to make an appointment, please contact us.
Santa Fe Municipal Airport
offers daily nonstop flights to Denver, Dallas and Phoenix connecting Northern New Mexico to the world.
505-955-2900 • 10.9 miles from Stagecoach Foundation.