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Film Location: Route 66 Tucumcari, New Mexico

Written on May 23, 2017


The Old U.S. Route 66 runs through the heart of Tucumcari, New Mexico, and the town is famous for those classic roadside locations. Of particular interest to filmmakers and photographers are the…

• Motels – Blue Swallow MotelMotel Safari, Palomino Motel, Tristar Inn, Historic 66 motel, as well as several dilapidated motels such as the Apache Motel, available for filming.
• Refurbished old gas stations – Texaco, Continental Oil Company.
• Diners & Restaurants – Del’s Restaurant, Kix on 66, Lacita.
• Tee-Pee Curios.
• Off of the main strip you can find the Tucumcari Train Station, Odean Theatre, Mountain View Bowling, and Watson’s BBQ / Tucumcari Ranch Supply Yard.

Tucumcari has hosted many productions ranging from Rawhide in 1951 to Hell of High Water in 2016.

Tucumcari is very open to hosting productions from all around the world. Permits can be applied for directly with property owners. Filming in public areas or roads needs to be cleared with relevant local and state authorities.

Production Support & Film Crews

If you are looking to film in Tucumcari and require a local fixer or New Mexico based producer to help arrange permits, contact us. If you are looking for New Mexico based film crew we can recommend local directors, DoP’s, cameramen, videographers, and photographers out of Santa Fe or Albuquerque, the closest production centres, both a 2.5hr drive away.