Bureau of Land Management & U.S. Forest Service
The BLM Field Office will issue “minimum impact” permits for production purposes. Permits may be issued at the BLM Field Office after it has been determined that the filming activity will have a minimum impact on public land. A reasonable amount of time is needed to process the permit; the rule of thumb is two weeks.

Albuquerque BLM Field Office
(505) 761-8700, fax (505) 761-8911. The local Forest Ranger District Office grants permits. The permit process includes completing an application, obtaining standard liability insurance coverage and...

The Estancia Valley lies in the “Heart of New Mexico” just 21 miles from the Albuquerque City Limits and a comfortable 30 drive will take you on a breath taking adventure through a time travel back as far as the late 1700’s. The valley has been home to many films and historical documentaries over the past several years.

From films on the Historic Route 66 to Westerns, our communities enjoyed helping with the making of movies such as Silverado, Lonesome Dove, The Wild Wild West, Suspect Zero, 21 Grams, The Cowboys and many more. We welcome and roll out the red carpet for the film industry...

Belen has been a favorite place in New Mexico for Hollywood movie makers to shoot their films since the early 1970s.

Belen offers a downtown that can be shaped to look like many times and places, with wide streets, proximity to Albuquerque’s movie studios, and a welcoming city government that provides logistical support throughout production.

To date, Belen has been the backdrop for at least 17 Hollywood movies, two miniseries, and at least two television shows.

Stars like Morgan Freeman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kevin Costner, Forest Whitaker and David Bowie have spent time in Belen making...

Zia Pueblo is located 35 miles northwest of Albuquerque. The pueblo is situated beside the Jemez River atop a small mesa which provides a spectacular view of the surrounding areas. Zia Pueblo has 150,000 acres of pine forest, red bluffs, white mesas, sink holes and clear, unimpeded sight lines in each direction. Behind the pueblo lie the Nacimiento Mountains and the Pajarito and Jemez Plateaus. The pueblo population is approximately 730, and many in the Zia community have served as extras, crew and security on various films.

Why Film on Zia Pueblo?

Land: Zia Pueblo has 150,000 acres of se...

Rio Rancho is perched atop the vast expanse of the West Mesa. The city has an abundance of open space, unobstructed views and diverse terrain. It is located near hundreds of acres of undeveloped land that can be permitted for location filming. Situated along the Rio Grande Valley, Rio Rancho combines lush green land with a splendid view of desert flora. Rio Rancho is also known for its industry with many large corporations and several major call centers.

Why film in Rio Rancho?

Versatile Locations: Rio Rancho’s filming locations include high-tech corporations, major call centers and neigh...

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