Film Office

Gallup has a rich film history that includes classic westerns, independent projects, Superman and more.  Our film liaison would be happy to help you get the resources you need to successfully film in Gallup, New Mexico. 

Film Liaison Services


  • Site Information, Scouting and Site Recommendation Assistance
  • Business Contacts Liaison 
  • Permitting Assistance
  • Assist with local fire, police, or governmental services
  • Assist with filming on City owned properties 

Film Liaison 


Everett Homer
ehomer@gallupnm.gov 
505-726-2600

New Mexico Filming Incentives

The City of Gallup is a proud partner with the New Mexico Film Office.  The office has a variety of incentives from the State of New Mexico and has information about film industry COVID-19 safe practices and more.  Visit www.nmfilm.com for information about State level incentives and information.

Local Film History


The historic El Rancho Hotel & Motel has hosted a numerous array of movie stars including John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Gregory Peck and Burt Lancaster. The rugged terrain surrounding Gallup was popular with Hollywood filmmakers during the 1940s and 50s for the on-location shooting of Westerns. Actors and film crews would stay at that hotel during filming. Films made in Gallup include Billy the Kid (1930), Pursued (1947), The Sea of Grass (1947), Four Faces West (1948), Only the Valiant(1951), Ace in the Hole (1951), Escape from Fort Bravo (1953), A Distant Trumpet (1964), The Hallelujah Trail (1965), Superman (1978), Natural Born Killers (1994), and more. For a list of films made in Gallup, NM, click HERE.

Gallup also has an incredibly creative Native American filmmaker community.  

The historic El Rancho Hotel & Motel has hosted a numerous array of movie stars including John WayneRonald ReaganHumphrey BogartSpencer TracyKatharine Hepburn,Joan CrawfordKirk DouglasDoris DayGregory Peck, and Burt Lancaster. The rugged terrain surrounding Gallup was popular with Hollywood filmmakers during the 1940s and 50s for the on-location shooting of Westerns. Actors and film crews would stay at that hotel during filming. Films made in Gallup include Billy the Kid (1930), Pursued (1947), The Sea of Grass (1947), Four Faces West (1948), Only the Valiant (1951), Ace in the Hole (1951), Escape from Fort Bravo (1953), A Distant Trumpet (1964), and The Hallelujah Trail(1965).

Gallup is sometimes called the "Indian Capital of the World", for its location in the heart of Native American lands, and the presence of NavajoZuniHopi, and other tribes. 1/3 of the city's population has Native American roots. Gallup's nickname references the huge impact of the Native American cultures found in and around the city.

In 2013, Gallup was named by Rand McNally as the "Most Patriotic Small Town in America 2013."[5]

The historic El Rancho Hotel & Motel has hosted a numerous array of movie stars including John WayneRonald ReaganHumphrey BogartSpencer TracyKatharine Hepburn,Joan CrawfordKirk DouglasDoris DayGregory Peck, and Burt Lancaster. The rugged terrain surrounding Gallup was popular with Hollywood filmmakers during the 1940s and 50s for the on-location shooting of Westerns. Actors and film crews would stay at that hotel during filming. Films made in Gallup include Billy the Kid (1930), Pursued (1947), The Sea of Grass (1947), Four Faces West (1948), Only the Valiant (1951), Ace in the Hole (1951), Escape from Fort Bravo (1953), A Distant Trumpet (1964), and The Hallelujah Trail(1965).

Gallup is sometimes called the "Indian Capital of the World", for its location in the heart of Native American lands, and the presence of NavajoZuniHopi, and other tribes. 1/3 of the city's population has Native American roots. Gallup's nickname references the huge impact of the Native American cultures found in and around the city.

In 2013, Gallup was named by Rand McNally as the "Most Patriotic Small Town in America 2013."[5]

The historic El Rancho Hotel & Motel has hosted a numerous array of movie stars including John WayneRonald ReaganHumphrey BogartSpencer TracyKatharine Hepburn,Joan CrawfordKirk DouglasDoris DayGregory Peck, and Burt Lancaster. The rugged terrain surrounding Gallup was popular with Hollywood filmmakers during the 1940s and 50s for the on-location shooting of Westerns. Actors and film crews would stay at that hotel during filming. Films made in Gallup include Billy the Kid (1930), Pursued (1947), The Sea of Grass (1947), Four Faces West (1948), Only the Valiant (1951), Ace in the Hole (1951), Escape from Fort Bravo (1953), A Distant Trumpet (1964), and The Hallelujah Trail(1965).

Gallup is sometimes called the "Indian Capital of the World", for its location in the heart of Native American lands, and the presence of NavajoZuniHopi, and other tribes. 1/3 of the city's population has Native American roots. Gallup's nickname references the huge impact of the Native American cultures found in and around the city.

In 2013, Gallup was named by Rand McNally as the "Most Patriotic Small Town in America 2013."[5]