Rio Rancho


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 neighborhoods that capture the feeling of Americana.

Free Assistance: The Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau is your one-stop source for cost-effective film projects. Our service-oriented staff offers quick turnaround to finalize locations, city permits, equipment and hotel accommodations.

One-Stop Permitting: Rio Rancho is the place for versatile, affordable and hassle-free location shoots. Few permits are needed to film in the Rio Rancho area, which makes production easy and cost-effective. We will also help with obtaining permits:

  • when filming requires street/lane blockage or closures

  • when filming obstructs pedestrian traffic

  • when filming open space, public parks or historical sites

  • when filming on federal, state and tribal lands

Rio Rancho city personnel, including police traffic control, are available at $32 per hour per employee. City services, including the use of heavy equipment, are billed on an hourly basis at cost. All fees must be paid in advance.

Contact Rio Rancho:

Noah Trujillo Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau 3200 Civic Center Circle NE Rio Rancho, NM 87144 Phone: (505)890-7339 ntrujillo@ci.rio-rancho.nm.us

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