Santa Fe’s striking vistas and unique landscapes have landed the city many movie and tv roles. Here are some of the locations you can visit on your trip.

Plaza Café

Located right off the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Plaza Café has become one of the most iconic eateries in the city. Most recently, the restaurant has been 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 location framed one of the most iconic photos of Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie “Twins.”

Santa Fe Opera

Sitting atop a hill just outside of the city, the Santa Fe Opera is familiar with hosting stars. One of the most acclaimed opera houses in the world, the location has also been shown in the recent blockbuster “Crazy Heart.”


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


Once a booming mining hub, the ghost town 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 of late.  Avengers, Thor and Cowboys and Aliens 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: Salvation,” “Transformers 2,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “Natural Born Killers.”