The state of New Mexico draws filmmakers and television producers from all over the world to its unique beauty. Similarly, Santa Fe’s striking vistas, distinctive landscapes, and attractive landmarks have landed The City Different many movie and TV roles. If you want to pretend you're a star in one of those productions, visit some of areas famous locations during your stay

Plaza Café Downtown

Located right off the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Plaza Café Downtown has become one of the most iconic eateries in The City Different. The restaurant was featured as a backdrop in Nick Nolte’s Graves and Did You Hear About the Morgans?

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Just one block from the historic Plaza, you will find the photogenic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Arguably the most recognizable building in The City Different, this church framed this famous scene with Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Twins.

Santa Fe Opera

Sitting atop a hill just outside of The City Different, the Santa Fe Opera is familiar with hosting stars. One of the most acclaimed opera houses in the world, the architectural wonder of an amphitheater was featured in the blockbuster Crazy Heart.


With a distinctive Wild West feel, the area near Galisteo and Highway 41 has provided wide open spaces for well-known Westerns such as Lonesome Dove, Silverado, 3:10 to Yuma, and The Cowboys.


Once a booming mining hub, the village of Cerrillos has welcomed a handful of feature films over the past few years. Perhaps most notably, the town played hideout to Billy the Kid and company in the 1988 classic Young Guns.


Just south of Cerrillos, on Highway 14, lies Madrid. Like Cerrillos, Madrid is a former mining town that has recently undergone rejuvenation due to a thriving art community. The Mine Shaft Tavern played the role of the Red Pony Bar in the critically acclaimed series Longmire and you can visit Maggie’s Dinner from Tim Allen’s Wild Hogs as well.

Rio Grande River

The scenic stretch of the Rio Grande that runs between Taos and Santa Fe has made cameos in many major motion pictures. Avengers, Thor, and Cowboys and Aliens were all shot below the White Rock Lookout near Diablo Canyon. A bit further north, you will find the Rio Grande Gorge, which you might recognize from flicks like Terminator: SalvationTransformers 2No Country for Old Men, and Natural Born Killers.

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