SANTA FE, N.M. – Groups can now choose which sweeping New Mexico landscape to visit based on what film or television series it was featured on with the state’s New Mexico Film Trails site at www.newmexico.org/filmtrails. The state’s tourism department created this travel planning resource to offer special itineraries based on film history and lore.
New Mexico has attracted more than 600 film and television productions over the past 100 years. Most recently, Disney’s “The Lone Ranger” featured scenes filmed in various locations across the state.
“With breathtaking backdrops carved out by nature and history, temperate climate and unique blend of culture, New Mexico has always been a natural filming location,” said New Mexico governor Susana Martinez. “Now, we’re thrilled to share these views with filmgoers who will see Disney’s ‘The Lone Ranger.’”
“The Lone Ranger” filmmakers chose New Mexico’s Rio Puerco as their Wild West town and the Cimarron Canyon near Angel Fire for the movie’s train sequence. Since 2003, more than 185 major productions have been shot in New Mexico, including “Transformers” on the dunes of White Sands National Monument.
Other past films include “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” along the Cumbres Toltec Railroad outside of Chama and “No Country for Old Men” in Albuquerque. “Breaking Bad,” “Lonely Are the Brave” and “Grapes of Wrath” are also featured in the film trails itineraries. Groups can even learn which hotels and restaurants their favorite stars used through the new site.
For more information, visit www.newmexico.org/filmtrails.