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Film Otero

1301 N. White Sands Blvd.
Alamogordo, NM 88310
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A thriving city of over 38,000 residents, has been transformed from a railroad, ranching and farming hamlet into a progressive vibrant community. Developed in 1898 as a rail junction with nearby mountain lumber railroad, today's City presents a diverse economic base in a progressive community committed to continuing economic development.

Industries leading in employment include: educational, health and social services; retail trade; and public administration. In an area rich in history and natural beauty, tourism contributes greatly to the economy of the area. Alamogordo is the commercial and governmental center for the county. The City is also adjacent to Holloman Air Force Base, home of the F-22 Raptors Fighters, T-38 fighter, 46th Test Group, allied fighter pilot training missions and 48th Rescue, and a German Air Force training facility for the German Toronadoes.

Alamogordo, nationally rated as one of the 50 healthiest places to live in the U.S., has much to offer new and expanding businesses. The City is ideally located in southern New Mexico, with well-developed transportation and utility infrastructures, tax incentives, available workforce, prime commercial sites and existing buildings, a rich quality of life and a community with a welcoming pro-business attitude.

New Mexico, the Tularosa Basin, Alamogordo and Otero County

...welcomes filmmakers and tourists alike with wave-like ever changing dunes at nearby White Sands National Monument, and other local and unique geological formations. In addition to these attractions, there is a diversity of locations available with a variance in altitude, climate, and terrain all within a 20 to 40 minute drive within the Tularosa Basin. Alamogordo is a thriving city of over 34,000 residents that has been transformed from a railroad, ranching and farming hamlet into a progressive vibrant community. Developed in 1898 as a rail junction with nearby mountain lumber railroad, Alamogordo, today presents a diverse economic base in a progressive community committed to continuing economic development.

Area attractions, outdoor activities and exciting area events provide many opportunities for tourists and locations for filmmakers. Oliver Lee State Park offers camping and nature trails, star-gazing nights and events. Three Rivers Petroglyphs also has camping and offers a look into man's past here in the area with its iconic and mysterious writings. Cloudcroft and Mescalero Native Lands offer the Lincoln National Forest elevations and Alpine ski resorts with camping and adventures in hiking and biking for the outdoor enthusiasts. The natural beauty of quiet meadows alive with big game such as bear, elk and deer presents a mountain venue with hunting and trekking opportunities, like the Rails to Trails hiking programs.

There are also public and private observatories for filming backdrops such as the Sunspot, National Solar Observatories; Apache Point; Tzec Maun, and others. Genuine anomalies and discoveries like Alan Hale's discovery of the Hale-Bopp Comet from his rooftop observatory near Cloudcroft are woven into that research and discovery tapestry.

On the floor of the Basin, there is the space research history of Holloman Aero Medical research with Ham, the first Chimpanzee in space. Col. John Paul Stapp, and the supersonic sled research that led to the national safety program and his invention of seat belt restraints that save thousands of lives every year on our national highways, and groundbreaking safety procedures for astronauts enduring the rigors of travel into space. Col. Joe Kittinger's more than 50-year unbroken record of the almost 20-mile-high balloon jump over the Tularosa Basin archived with the history of the astronauts who came after him soaring in space safely due to all of this combined research done here in southern New Mexico and archived at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo.

Filmmaking locations such as ranches, alpine resorts, national forests, petroglyphs, desert, streams, mountain lakes, and others are all accessible here. Other attractions luring visitors include the Tularosa Basin Historical Museum; Oliver Lee Memorial State Park; the New Mexico Museum of Space History and IMAX Theater; Old Town Alamogordo, Lincoln National Forest; Kids Kingdom; the Alameda Park Zoo; the Toy Train Depot; Flickinger Center for the Performing Arts ......and this is only the beginning of all that's waiting for you in Alamogordo.

A Part of a Prestigious Professional Team:

Otero County Film Office (OCFO) is a premier filming locations member of the Statewide Film Liaison Network of the New Mexico Film Office (NMFO). Working closely with NMFO, Otero County Film Office offers services as a part of the Otero Economic Development Council, a local division of the New Mexico Economic Development Department. OCFO offers permits, supports and provides assistance for all types of filmmaking projects—feature film, documentary, travel, history, military, high-fashion photography, episodic television, commercial filming, music video and student films. These services may include searching for local filming locations (scouting), relaying location information, submitting location photographs, collecting statistics, securing permits and facilitating production and community relations. This network of relationships is vital in maintaining a united front to attract film production to New Mexico and to disseminate industry news and resources.

OCFO is an AFCI Registered Film Office:

Throughout the state of New Mexico, there are currently seven registered AFCI Film Offices, including the NMFO. Please check us out on the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) website. All network film liaisons in the state of New Mexico are encouraged to take the Film Fundamentals online course available through the AFCI website in order to better serve its filmmakers and its community.

AFCI Affiliation Provides: Global Resources for Global Production

How do you close a street for an important shot? How do you open the doors at an abandoned ghost town? How do you find answers to any location question? You ask a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), the official worldwide association of government film contacts.

There are more than 300 AFCI-Member Film Commissions worldwide, covering almost every continent. Wherever you go with your next production, you can usually find a Film Commission to help you.

The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) is the official professional organization for film commissioners who assist film, television and video production throughout the world. It is a non-profit educational association whose members serve as city, county, state, regional, provincial or national film commissioners for their respective governmental jurisdictions.

Come to New Mexico. Check out the area attractions and the wonderful adventures and locations waiting for the tourist or the filmmaker alike. Adventures wait here for you. Come to Alamogordo, this is your personal invitation!

For More Information Please Call
K. Jan Wafful, Otero County Film Liaison
City Desk: 575-439-4353
Cell: 575-430-1188


Alamogordo is located in south central New Mexico close by White Sands National Monument on Highway 70 at the junction of Highways 82, 54, and 70.


For more information about Alamogordo, call or stop by the Aubrey Dunn, Sr., Visitors Center at 1301 N. White Sands Blvd. (800) 826-0294. The Visitors Center is open 7 days a week. Visit us online at

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