Josh Brolin (Royal Abbott) in a scene from 'Outer Range'
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'Outer Range': Where Is the Mysterious Western Series Filmed?


Amazon Prime Video's Western series Outer Range is increasingly interesting with each episode that passes. The show stars Josh Brolin as Wyoming rancher Royal Abbott, who finds a mysterious black void on his property while simultaneously dealing with some serious family drama. When a strange hippie named Autumn (Imogen Poots) shows up asking questions, Royal sets out to discover the truth. It's one of the most distinctive shows that fans have seen in recent years, thanks to creator Brian Watkins and Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B Entertainment. And the best news? There's more to come. In October 2022, the series was renewed for a second season, so the Abbotts' story will continue.

But here's something interesting that you may not have known about Outer Range. Though the series takes place among the mountains of Wyoming, that's not where the TV show was actually filmed. Amazon Studios originally planned to shoot the Western's first season in Calgary, Canada, but the pandemic didn't allow for that to happen. As a result, the majority of what you see in the show is actually New Mexico, a state that many television shows and film productions have used -- such as the Netflix series Stranger Things, the Western drama No Country for Old Men and Breaking Bad (as well as its spinoff series Better Call Saul), to name a few. So if it seems as though there's a certain vibe you noticed in other shows here, too, you probably aren't very far off.

Curious about some of the other places the filming crew journeyed to so the show would have the most distinctive and accurate imagery possible? No sleuthing is necessary, as we've done all the work for you by gathering them all here. You may recognize your hometown on this list -- and making a potential stopover in one of these areas a very real possibility for superfans! Here are all of the Outer Range filming locations from the first season.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aerial shot of downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, at sunrise.

A significant portion of the show was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Abbott Ranch itself is actually a set built not far from the I-25 Studios where all of the interior scenes were filmed. Some of the rodeo scenes in which we see Rhett Abbott (Lewis Pullman) competing were shot here, and some of the local food trucks were even visible in the background.


That particular production studio comprises six different sound stages, as well as exterior sets and production facilities. In fact, it's such a popular filming destination that movies such as Transcendence and Lone Survivor were shot there.

In case you're wondering about the Grand Teton mountains you see surrounding the ranch on the show, those were added in after the fact with CGI, though they very much are a sight to see when you're able to visit in real life. It would be kind of difficult to be able to re-create the experience on a set, though, without the help of CGI to fill in some of the missing pieces of the local landmarks and natural formations.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA downtown skyline at dusk.

The beautiful city of Santa Fe, just a few hours outside of Albuquerque, was also used to film the series. Brolin posted on social media from the Santa Fe Plaza when filming began. You'll also see scenes from the nearby railroad town of Lamy. Lamy itself is little more than a tiny railroad village that's about 18 miles south of Santa Fe proper.

Getting even more specific, Weil and Grady's Saloon, which was seen in episode 4, was actually The Legal Tender Saloon at the Lamy History Museum. It's actually located in a post-Civil War era 1881 building, which gives it some of its classic charm. That may be why this location ends up feeling so timeless. There are also the rolling hills and flat lands as well as the area's rich culture, which spiced up the show more than a little.


Las Vegas, New Mexico

The historic train station at Las Vegas, New Mexico, built in 1898-99 by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Co., is one of the earliest examples of California Mission Revival Architecture in New Mexico.The LA-Chicago Amtrak train stops here daily.

The main street of Amelia County on the show is actually the city of Las Vegas, New Mexico. The main stretch of street seen repeatedly on Outer Range is Bridge Street in the historic town, located around 100 miles northeast of Albuquerque. The town, which dates back to the 1800s, looks as if it came right out of the Old West, making it a perfect choice for the show. According to the Albuquerque Journal, it was also a filming location for the TV series Longmire, which was also set in Wyoming.

The Bison Valley Bank of Wyoming from the show was filmed outside of the Community 1st Bank on Douglas Avenue. The scene where Rhett meets his love interest Maria in a diner was filmed at Odessa's Café. Additionally, some of the show's scenes were filmed near an antiques store named Plaza Antiques. Interestingly enough, the Outer Range crew had to make a snowy day happen in the city for one of the scenes that needed to be put to print. Obviously, snow is rare in the area, so this was a fun feat for the crew, as seen in an Instagram post.

Los Angeles, California

Spring morning light hits the tree-filled hillside in front of the Los Angeles skyline in Southern California

Sunny Los Angeles, California, is obviously a popular destination when it comes to filming TV shows and movies. It's probably the most popular because, after all, that's where Hollywood is. So after filming on the first season of Outer Range wrapped, it's no surprise additional scenes were filmed in Hollywood, specifically somewhere around South Vermont Avenue. Since the majority of the series takes place out in the country or its small town, we can only assume the scenes shot here were interior. Filming anything in Hollywood automatically adds a little star power to any production, you know.

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