Most People Don’t Know These 15 Movies Were Filmed In New Mexico

Movies filmed in New Mexico number in the hundreds, making the state an important filming destination. Over the course of four years (starting midway through 2010), the film industry created $1.5 billion in total economic output for New Mexico. So, we’re fans—not just of the movies made in New Mexico, but of the jobs that come with them. These 15 movies are just a sample of those movies set in New Mexico.

Okay, unless you’re really up on your film history, you probably haven’t heard of this Thomas Edison creation. At under a minute, this silent movie is definitely a short. It was filmed at the Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico.

Which of these movies made in New Mexico is your favorite? Can you tell which scenes were shot in New Mexico? Know of any other movies set in New Mexico? Let us know!

New Mexico movies aren’t the state’s only brush with Hollywood. The Land of Enchantment has actually produced a lot of well known celebrities. It’s true! And just in case you need convincing, here are some famous people from New Mexico.


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Movies Filmed In New Mexico

May 04, 2022

What are the oldest attractions in New Mexico?

The film sites of movies set in New Mexico aren’t the only notable sites in the state. There are tons of great sites and attractions, including the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. Housed in the oldest continuously occupied public building in the U.S., it offers a history lesson like no other. The building, which dates back to the 17th century, and the accompanying museum, house exhibits and displays about the Santa Fe Trail and other local history.

What are the most well known parks in New Mexico?

When you’re done exploring all the places where New Mexico movies were filmed, there’s plenty more to see in New Mexico, including City of Rocks State Park in Faywood. True to its name, the park is comprised of large sculpted rock formations in various shapes, some of which stand as high as 40 feet. Even more intriguing than the formations is the way they were created. The rocky structures were formed millions of years ago when a huge volcano erupted. Following the eruption, erosion took over, resulting in the otherworldly landscape seen today.