Filming Locations Guide: Where was Godless filmed?

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Godless tells the story of a little town run by women, struggling to get ahead after a mining accident killed most of the men. At the same time, a gang of outlaws is soon going to meet their destiny on the grounds of this town, called La Belle.

But, where is La Belle located? Godless was filmed at several locations and landscapes in the north of New Mexico.

Where is Godless filmed

At first, this limited series was planned to be a two-hour film. No doubt that extending the original script to a seven-episode series was a good opportunity to unfold, masterfully, the interesting plot and its characters.

Here is our spoiler-free guide to the filming locations of this great Western:

La Belle town Location
The production was hosted at the sound stages of Santa Fe Studios.

The fictional town of La Belle (inspired by some real mining disaster stories), was built at San Cristobal Ranch, some miles south of Santa Fe.
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Where is the town of Godless
According to the local newspaper Albuquerque Journal, the production crew built the largest Western film set ever in New Mexico.

The set included 28 buildings and required the work of 130 people for twelve weeks and a half.
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Where is Godless set
Alice Fletcher’s ranch was also constructed on the land of San Cristobal Ranch.

Derailed train scene
Not far from there was filmed the opening scene of the massacre in Creed. Film director Tom Ford’s massive ranch in Galisteo served as a location for the damned village.

The Cerro Pelon Ranch (also known as Cooks Ranch) includes on its 20,000 acres a Western movie town erected for the '85 film Silverado.
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Olagrande town
The Olagrande town scenes were filmed at Galisteo. Some more filming took place at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, the same location featured in the News of the World movie with Tom Hanks.
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Indian camp New Mexico
An Indian camp was filmed near the Chama River in Abiquiu.
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Godless drehort
Some of the scenes where Frank Griffin's brotherhood takes refuge were filmed near Jemez Pueblo.
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Landscape canyon
The scene where Frank's men are chasing Roy Goode was filmed at Diablo Canyon, also in New Mexico.
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Ranch scenery
Some more locations include El Rancho de las Golondrinas (pictured), a place called Cherry Meadow near the town of Pecos, and Santa Clara Pueblo that was used to film river scenes.
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All the cast on Horse

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  1. The olagrande town seen looks more like old Galisteo

    1. Your correct Julie, I was visiting my brother in Galisteo when they began filming!

    2. Where was the scene filmed of Roy killing Frank?

    3. The scene of Frank's death was filmed in the mountains north of Pecos, New Mexico.

  2. Beautiful country! Thanks for the sources!

  3. Some of the treeline scense just didn't feel like N.M... but could be wrong.

    1. Yes, Northern New Mexico is full of high Alpine mountains. Those scenes are near Pecos' NM.

  4. How I live the american western environment.
    Cool. Nice article. Tks.

  5. New Mexico High Mountain, Mesa and Plans made Godless look nice

  6. As a former resident of NM I long for those days when I could travel around that ever changing, beautiful landscape. This series helps keep old memories alive and I have watched it twice now. I will watch it again. (and again)

    1. Colorado is much prettier and the mountains are more beautiful but you have to like the cold LOL we don't live here we survive here as mountain people

  7. Where was the final scene overlooking the ocean overlaid with fog filmed? Thanks

  8. I have been to Colorado many times and I live on our ranch in New Mexico. They are both beautiful. I would not say one is "prettier" than the other. Just different. NM has 6 of the 7 life zones on Earth. I work in the film industry, and the locations and studios are second to none here, even in California, where I have worked as well. As someone who hates winter and cold, NM is definitely more to my liking!

  9. The article about the filming of Godless was so interesting. This was such a good show. As someone who loves the West it couldn't have been any better.


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