Longmire: Here’s Where the Show Was Actually Filmed

by Kayla Zadel

Hollywood magic strikes again for the filming of the TV series “Longmire.” The western television series based on mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson is backdropped by a small town in Wyoming.

Well, at least that’s what the show producers want you to think. As a matter of fact, the fictional town of Absaroka County was actually filmed in various towns in New Mexico, according to Wide Open Country. They set up shop in Las Vegas (not Nevada), Santa Fe, Eagle Nest, Espanola, and Red River.

Additionally, Santa Fe’s University of Art and Design was used to film indoor scenes.

Other Interesting Facts About ‘Longmire’

The crime drama’s storyline follows Sheriff Walt Longmire, played by actor Robert Taylor. Sherrif Longmire defends his Wyoming town of Absaroka County with whit and humor. However, he’s suffering inside and still dealing with the pain of losing his wife. Longmire, with the help of others, decides to rebuild his personal and professional life.

Robert Taylor drew inspiration from Clint Eastwood for the role of Sheriff Walt Longmire. Eastwood has plenty of westerns to draw creativity from. In addition, Taylor says that he also watched Harrison Ford’s performance as Indiana Jones.

The hit TV series is based on the best-selling novels by Craig Johnson. According to Wide Open Country, Johnson wrote the novels to be genuinely authentic. After all the author does live on a ranch in the tiny town of  Ucross, Wyoming. The books sparked such a following that there’s a festival every year called “Longmire Days” in Buffalo, Wyoming.

“Longmire” originally aired on the A&E network from 2012 to 2017. It was the most successful original on the channel, however, the network chose to not renew the series after season 3. The modern-day western drama then made the jump to the streaming empire, Netflix. Netflix kept “Longmire” running for six seasons but then chose not to renew the western crime series.

If You Like ‘Longmire,’ Watch ‘Yellowstone’

If you’re favorite thing about the western setting of “Longmire,” then consider it an introduction to the breathtaking Montana backdrop of “Yellowstone.”

There are a few other similarities, both TV shows are western dramas that feature some sort of crime. “Yellowstone” might not necessarily have the “who-dun-it” resounding theme, but we promise you there are some crimes for sure being committed in this series. What’s more, “Longmire” and “Yellowstone” both feature interactions with Native American residents.