Breaking Bad Filming Locations – Season 2

This post is the third of eight posts regarding “Breaking Bad” filming locations and focuses on Season 2 filming locations (last updated March 6, 2014).

Links to these eight “Breaking Bad” Filming Location posts are as follows:

Part 0 – List of Filming Locations
Part 1 – Season 1
Part 2 – Season 2
Part 3 – Season 3
Part 4 – Season 4
Part 5 – Season 5a
Part 6 – Season 5b
Part 7 – Wish List, Finale Party, and Series’ Legacy

I have also written an essay regarding the opening scenes: History, And The Opening Scenes Of “Breaking Bad”.

Let me know if you have any problems or questions. E-Mail address: mvaldez@sierraresearch.com

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Check out OldeSaultie’s Google maps of “Breaking Bad” filming location sites: the best maps on the Web! KML files are available at these addresses that are particularly useful for GPS devices.

Season One locations
Season Two locations
Season Three locations
Season Four locations
Season Five (A and B) locations

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“A Guidebook To Breaking Bad Filming Locations”

I decided to self-publish (via Amazon), in order to retain closer control over the text and to accelerate review (since the summer tourist season is coming up fast). To avoid unnecessary friction, I have redacted the addresses of all single-family homes. Most pictures posted on my blog are retained, but the interior is black-and-white, in order to keep costs down. (It’s a little big: 8.5 x 11″ at 323 pages.)

Update: The book is ready and available in Print and on Kindle.

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Welcome To Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights!

Garry Winogrand took this photo in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights in 1957. I feel a connection to this photo because I am almost precisely this kid’s age. It expresses perfectly the time and place when my parents first put down roots.

This is just my way of welcoming Baby Holly into her bright, new world of Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights.

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Season 2 Filming Locations

Northeast Heights Locations (E. of Wyoming, W. of Juan Tabo, S. of Osuna)

Savoy Bar and Grill, 10601 Montgomery Blvd. NE.

(Season 2, Episode 6, “Peekaboo”) Walter and Gretchen meet for an argumentative lunch here.

Savoy Bar and Grill, 10601 Montgomery NE.

(Season 2, Episode 6, “Peekaboo”) Walter and Gretchen meet for an argumentative lunch here.

Taco Sal, 9621 Menaul Blvd NE.

(Season 2, episode 2, “Grilled”) Marie and Skyler hand out ‘missing’ fliers.

(Season 2, episode 10, “Over”) Walt tells Jesse that he’s in remission.

(Season 3, episode 11, “Abiquiu”) Jesse & his new girl friend & Brock eat dinner.

Taco Sal, 9621 Menaul Blvd NE.

(Season 2, episode 2, “Grilled”) Marie and Skyler hand out “”missing”” fliers.

(Season 2, episode 10, “Over”) Walt tells Jesse that he’s in remission. [see above]

(Season 3, episode 11, “Abiquiu”) Jesse & his new girl friend & Brock eat dinner.

Taco Sal’s interior.

Interesting traditional northern New Mexico metalwork on the mirror.

Search for Walt montage, Budget TV Repair, 9641 Menaul Blvd. NE (Season 2, episode 2, “Grilled”).

Marie and Skyler hand out “missing” fliers.

Budget TV Repair is adjacent to One-Eyed Jack Guitars, 9635 Menaul Blvd. NE, with its poster in the window advertising ‘gold & diamond buyers’.

Search for Walt montage, El Mirasol, 9649 Menaul Blvd. NE (Season 2, episode 2, “Grilled”).

Marie and Skyler hand out “missing” fliers.

Bus Stop. Northwest corner of Eubank and Menaul. Search for Walt montage (Season 2, episode 2, “Grilled”).

The ‘Search for Walt’ montage features various residential locations (Season 2, episode 2, “Grilled”). “OldeSaultie” indicates most of these locations are along Piermont NE.:

3800 Piermont Dr. NE Montage (House 1)
3726 Piermont Dr. NE Montage (House 2)
Just N. of San Gabriel & Piermont Leaflet grab from bicycle
About 3801 Piermont Dr. NE Montage (House 3)

Saul Goodman’s Office

Saul Goodman’s office. SE Corner of the shopping center at Eubank and Montgomery NE.

(First seen in Season 2, episode 8, “Better Call Saul”.)

Picture taken in August, 2010.

Over the years, a number of nightclubs have occupied this spot. Prior to the coming of Saul, “Cowboys” was most-recently located here.

When I was an undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico in the late 1970′s, I remember coming out here to this place. Unfortunately, I can no longer remember the name of the nightcub at that time. I was following the Holy Grail of all young men, of course: trying to get loose and ‘get laid’. I remember big-hair rockers, too much cigarette smoke, and music so loud that conversation was impossible.

It’s amazing to see the place reappear in my life as the offices of a criminal lawyer!

Saul’s is available to the highest bidder. But you knew that already!

Saul’s. Wow! They’ve been here recently!

Touring this location on May 20, 2011, I noticed a new bar has opened up right next to Saul’s, called “The Dirty Bourbon”!

I’m concerned that the physical character of the city is changing faster than AMC’s story line, and that many of Albuquerque’s “Breaking Bad” landmarks will be marred or erased before the story line of “Breaking Bad” actually ends.

Well, that’s the story of the ephemeral drug trade: here today, gone elsewhere tomorrow!

Touring this location early in October, 2011, I notice a new drinking establishment has replaced Saul Goodman’s old office: “Hooligans”!

“Hooligans” sits adjacent to “The Dirty Bourbon”.

Similarities between the TV characters and any other persons, living or dead, are purely coincidental

You never know where the screenwriters get their ideas for AMC’s Albuquerque-based TV show “Breaking Bad”, but I’m sure that when many Albuquerqueans first saw the series’ cheesy TV ad for Saul Goodman flogging his services for criminal defense, the first thought writhing around in the back of their heads was of Ron Bell. Bell’s been on Albuquerque TV for decades! (I moved from ABQ in 1980, but he was already a fixture by then. He’s still there!)

But the two law practices are completely different, of course. Different aspects of the law, after all. Bell specializes in cases involving drinking under the influence of alcohol.

Better Call Saul

Joaquin Zamora – Ron Bell Commercial

Saul Goodman Will Fight For You!

Saul will fight even against those horrid trolls known as bloggers!

Ron Bell found guilty of DWI

Upper Northeast Heights Locations (E. of Juan Tabo)

Hank and Marie Schrader’s home, 4901 Cumbre Del Sur NE.

Really close to the Sandia Mountains! Seen in many episodes, starting in Season 2, episode 1, “737″.

J.P. Wynne High School (3), Eldorado High School, 11300 Montgomery Blvd. NE (Season 1, episode 7, “No Rough Stuff”; Season 2, episode 6, “Peekaboo”; Season 2, episode 8, “Better Call Saul”; Season 2, episode 11, “Mandala”; Season 3, episode 4, “Green Light”)

Starting in Season 2 of the “Breaking Bad” TV series, on-campus high school scenes were filmed at another Albuquerque High School. This high school is Eldorado High School, close to the mountains in Albuquerque’s Northeast Heights. Walt and Jesse squabble in Eldorado High School’s parking lot about the quality of crystal-blue meth. A sidelong view of this wall (which honors the Eldorado Eagles – seen above, obscured by the pine tree) is evident in the background as they fight. (See the High Schools of “Breaking Bad”, in my Season 1 post.)

Northeast Heights Locations (N. Of Osuna)

(No new locations offered with this update)

Lower Northeast Heights Locations (W. of Wyoming), & Lomas Blvd. Corridor

An obscure location along Lomas Blvd., 4607 Lomas NE.

(Season 2, episode 5, “Breakage”) Combo hands off money to Jesse.

A-1 Trophy Center, 4305 Lomas NE.

(Season 2, episode 5, “Breakage”) Skinny Pete stands here.

Party house (Season 2, Episode 5, “Breakage”). Montage (part 17)

This is the Patio Plaza Office Building, 5000 Marble NE, just off of Lomas Blvd. The door appears to be approximately 671 Manzano St. NE.

Badger’s car (Season 2, Episode 5, “Breakage”). Montage.

This brief scene, from the same Montage, and concatenated with the scene above, shows businesses across the street, such as Action Disability Representatives, 630 Manzano St NE.

From the “Breakage” montage. The location is 631 Manzano St. NE, immediately behind Flea Mart, 5015 Lomas Blvd., NE. Jesse stashes some drugs, and moves on.

It seems like a general rule with Breaking Bad montages that the scenes are usually filmed in fairly-close proximity with one another. It’s probably a matter of practicality as much as anything else. Plus, you get general coherence of neighborhood.

Jesse drives to collect money from his crew, heading south on the 600 block of Truman towards Lomas, (Season 2, episode 5, “Breakage”). Part of Breakage Montage.

Memory is a tricky thing. That tall building visible in Jesse’s drive down Truman is associated with a Nursing Home – Manzano del Sol.

I remember visiting a nursing home in that general area when I was going to UNM, circa 1978. Those of us active in the Ballroom Dance Club put on a lunchtime show at the nursing home cafeteria. After the first dance, I expected a round of applause, and was startled when there was none. The residents were too zoned out to respond. Afterwards, one of the nurses reassured us that they appreciated our performance, but the residents just couldn’t respond. The question in my mind is, am I absolutely sure it was this nursing home? A lot of time has passed, neighborhoods change, and do I have it right? I think I do, but can’t be 100% sure.

My parents lived on Truman when I was born. I need to check that address. It would be weird if it’s this same block!

Downtown – Business Core

Texas office site, (Season 2, Episode 7, “Negro y Azul”). This office is also in the Simms Building, where the Albuquerque DEA offices are filmed (see Season 1 locations).

Sunrise Bank Building, 219 Central Ave NW.

(Season 2, episode 4, “Down”) Mr. and Mrs. Pinkman’s lawyer’s office

(Season 2, episode 11, “Mandala”) Mural used in the opening montage.

(Season 3, episode 2, “Caballo sin Nombre”)

Pay phone & parking garage, Silver Ave. SW, between 1st & 2nd Streets, (Season 2, episode 3, “Bit By A Dead Bee”).

Bed-bound Walt gets a call from Jesse.

There has been a lot of construction in this area recently, and if the pay phone was ever there (and not just a prop), it certainly isn’t there anymore.

Kimo Theatre, 423 Central Ave NW. Seen through a bus window as Walt travels around town.

(Season 2, episode 3, “Bit By A Dead Bee”)

Kimo Theatre, 423 Central Ave NW. Seen through a bus window as Walt travels around town.

(Season 2, episode 3, “Bit By A Dead Bee”)

Burt’s Tiki Lounge, 313 Gold Ave SW. Combo sells to some customers in front of this place during a neon-lit evening.

(Season 2, episode 5, “Breakage”)

Oncology Clinic (exterior), Alvarado Plaza, 484 Silver Ave. SW (Season 2, episode 5, “Breakage”). Walt tosses away the HOPE pin handed to him by the clinic clerk.

Downtown West, and Central Avenue West

Washington Park, 10th and Park Ave SW. Badger sells meth from a bench in between and in front of these park pillars, and ends up being arrested.

(Season 2, episode 8, “Better Call Saul”)

Near Old Town, Huning Castle & ABQ Country Club

Walt & Flynn drive, Laguna Blvd. SW, heading NE from about intersection with San Pasquale & Park SW (Season 2, episode 6, “Peekaboo”). Fire ants and scorpions.

Spooge’s house – exterior, 13th and Marquette NW.

(Season 2, episode 6,”Peekaboo”) Jesse prepares to get rough.

Gretchen drives her Bentley (Season 2, Episode 6, “Peekaboo”).

Here is the intersection of Alcalde Pl. and Tingley Dr.

At the southern end of Tingley Dr. the fence posts are wood. Further north, however, the fence posts are metal. The very last part of the scene, with a metal fence post visible, is far enough south that the miniature railroad is not in the scene, but far enough north that the fence posts are still metal. Interestingly, at one point in the conversation, the street signs at the intersection of Alcalde Pl. and Tingley Dr. are visible through Gretchen’s window. So, it appears the scene was a bit farther north than I thought at first, but it’s still on Tingley Drive.

This particular scene can only be had from the roof of the Old Town Parking Garage, 20th & Mountain Rd. NW (Season 2, episode 7, “Negro y Azul”).

Barelas & San Jose Neighborhood Locations

Second and Hazeldine SW. Combo sells meth on the wrong street corner.

(Season 2, episode 11, “Mandala”) Combo is shot here.

(Season 3, episode 11, “Abiquiu”) Jesse returns to this spot to plan his hit.

(Season 3, episode 12, “Half Measures”) Jesse tries to avenge Tomas’ death.

Third and Santa Fe SW.

(Season 2, episode 11, “Mandala”) Combo gathers friends and others at this corner.

Mural at 4th and Hazeldine, SW. Looks Orthodox!

(Season 2, episode 11, “Mandala”) Tomas Cantillo bicycles past this location.

Mural.

(Season 2, episode 11, “Mandala”)

Mural.

(Season 2, episode 11, “Mandala”)

Reader “OldeSaultie” has mapped out Tomas Cantillo’s bicycle journey in Season 2, episode 11 (“Mandala”). Here is his map. He has included more screen shots on OldeSaultie’s Google Map for Season 2.

Railyards. Commercial and Pacific SE.

(Season 2, episode 6, “Peekaboo”) Skinny Pete & Jesse talk about Spooge.

Also featured in this scene is one of the Stink Bugs that made growing in Albuquerque so enjoyable. When annoyed, these bugs emit a noxious-smelling fluid from their posterior. They smell horrible!

During the scene, Jesse toys with but ultimately spares the stink bug. Skinny Pete, however, stomps on it.


“Perrodo – Stink Bug”, by Juan Wijngaard.

New Mexico is host to a variety of stink bugs, including the Conchuela Stink Bug (which we blamed for eating the tar off our roof in Corrales during an infestation when I was a kid). Nevertheless, the particular stink bug that Skinny Pete steps on is likely to be a Darkling Beetle (Coleoptera Tenebrionidae: Perrodo in Spanish). These bugs “stand on their heads, hoist their rear-ends up, and blast a stinky fluid.”

Not a building, per se, but the Rail Runner (illustrated with New Mexico’s state bird, the Roadrunner) is always colorful!

Jane’s Self-Help Group, and neighboring cafe (Season 2, Episode 12, “Phoenix”). Barelas Community Center, 801 Barelas Road SW.

The cafe setup used the real community center kitchen.

Peering through the window at the murals on the wall.

“Breaking Bad” has spurred such an explosion in art!

Skinny Pete, Combo, and Badger. Illustration by Bongo.

Huning Highlands/ Martineztown Locations

(no new locations offered in this update).

University Locations, & Near Presbyterian Hospital

Jane and Jesse’s Duplex, 323 and 325 Terrace SE, Terrace and Lead SE.

(First seen in Season 2, episode 5, “Breakage”) Evicted from home, Jesse moves here.

Don Margolis Drive. Part 1, southbound on Terrace, from Gold SE to almost Lead. Part 2, eastbound on Silver SE, from about Sycamore to Pine (Season 2, episode 13, “ABQ”). “No excuses!”

Quarters, 801 Yale SE, (Season 2, episode 12, “Phoenix”)

Walter and Donald Margolis talk about family.

Skyler’s natal doctor, UNM Science and Technology Park, 800 Bradbury SE, (Season 2, episode 11, “Mandala”).

Post-sonogram parking lot talk.

Shooting gallery/crack house, Corner of Cornell and Silver SE, (Season 2, episode 13, “ABQ”).

Exterior shots.

On my New Year’s 2012 revisit, I noted that the Shooting gallery/crack house building, long an eyesore in the University neighborhood, is now gone.

Alley from which Walt approached the shooting gallery.

Nob Hill Locations

Jesse’s friend’s apartment, Aliso Dr. & Arlote Ave. SE (Season 2, Episode 4, “Down”). Jesse can’t sell his friend’s wife on a reunion of Twaughthammer. Place is directly across street from Walt’s new single apt., and near the recently-demolished Aztec Motel, on Central.

“Fallacies” By Twaughthammer

Central Avenue East Locations

Here’s a false location, but popular in local Albuquerque myth: Fair ‘N’ Square Food Store, 8020 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM.

Walt goes naked at the Hi-Lo Market, 2513 4th Street NW, (see North Valley locations, below) for exterior shots only (Season 2, episode 3, “Bit By A Dead Bee”). The interior, however, was filmed elsewhere. Many locals thought that location might have been the Fair ‘N’ Square Market on East Central, but in fact it was filmed at Jerry’s Market (see South Valley locations, below).

On my October, 2011 visit, I asked Fair ‘N’ Square Market management whether Breaking Bad had ever filmed there. Management said, sadly, the store wasn’t a Breaking Bad filming location. They assured me, however, that Bryan Cranston is welcome to walk around their store naked any time he pleases.

De Anza Motor Lodge, 4301 Central NE, (Season 2, episode 12, “Phoenix”). Walt throws the spare tire out from his car’s trunk and makes a $1.2 million drug sale here.

De Anza Motor Lodge, 4301 Central NE, (Season 2, episode 12, “Phoenix”). Walt throws the spare tire out from his car’s trunk and makes a $1.2 million drug sale here.

South Valley Locations (West of River, including Pajarito Mesa)

Walt Goes Naked – Store Interior.

Just the day before I arrived in Albuquerque, “WallDruggie” visited this place and confirmed that Jerry’s Market, 7553 Isleta Blvd. SW, was the location where Walt Went Naked (Season 2, episode 3, “Bit By A Dead Bee”). She was kind enough to take me there.

That doorway….

Nancy Bymers aka “WallDruggie”.

“WallDruggie” got a bit of attention for her efforts. She earned it!:

Albuquerque, New Mexico resident and Breaking Bad fan Nancy Bymers (WallDruggie on Flickr), has undertaken an incredible mission to source out the real life locations of scenes from the television series Breaking Bad.

Farmer’s Market Store, Rio Grande Market, 1403 Isleta Blvd SW. (Season 2, episode 6, “Peekaboo”) ATM theft site.

Los Pollos Hermanos, (known in the real world as “Twisters”), 4257 Isleta Blvd SW. (First seen in Season 2, episode 11, “Mandala”) Walt first meets Gustavo (‘Gus’) Fring here.

Los Pollos Hermanos, Twisters, 4257 Isleta Blvd SW. (First seen in Season 2, episode 11, “Mandala”) Walt first meets Gustavo (‘Gus’) Fring here.

Los Pollos Hermanos, Twisters, 4257 Isleta Blvd SW. (First seen in Season 2, episode 11, “Mandala”) Walt first meets Gustavo (‘Gus’) Fring here.

The Los Pollos emblem is permanently painted on the wall, near the door of Twisters.

Los Pollos Hermanos, Twisters, 4257 Isleta Blvd SW. (First seen in Season 2, episode 11, “Mandala”) Walt first meets Gustavo (‘Gus’) Fring here.

On my New Year’s 2012 visit here, the yard adjacent to Twisters on the north side contained a watchful emu.

South Valley Locations (East of River)

Guarded industrial facility, Southside Water Reclamation Plant (SWRP), Cogeneration Facility, west side of building, 4021 Second St. SW (Season 1, episode 7, “No Rough Stuff Type Deal”). Walt & Jesse steal a methylamine barrel from Southwestern Analyn (sp.?). Hank reviews security camera footage again (Season 2, episode 1, “737″; and also Season 2, episode 3, “Bit By A Dead Bee”).

This location, together with the Railyards, has been used in other movie and television shows (for example, that barrel storage building, and the 2nd St. Sewage Facility were also featured in Jackie Chan’s “The Spy Next Door” (2010).

Junkyard, All Mini Trucks, 5500 Broadway SE. Heisenberg and Jesse rendezvous with Tuco and colleagues here. (Season 1, episode 7, “No Rough Stuff”) (Season 2, episode 1, “737″)

Jesse’s Rehab, Isleta Casino (formerly the Hard Rock Casino), 11000 Broadway SE. The casino is operated by Isleta Pueblo. (Season 2, episode 13, “ABQ”) (Season 3, episode 1, “No Mas”)

Jesse’s Rehab, The Jar Spa at Isleta Casino (formerly the Hard Rock Casino), 11000 Broadway SE. The casino is operated by Isleta Pueblo. (Season 2, episode 13, “ABQ”) (Season 3, episode 1, “No Mas”)

Jesse’s Rehab, The Jar Spa at Isleta Casino (formerly the Hard Rock Casino), 11000 Broadway SE. The casino is operated by Isleta Pueblo. (Season 2, episode 13, “ABQ”) (Season 3, episode 1, “No Mas”)

Jesse’s Rehab, The Jar Spa at Isleta Casino (formerly the Hard Rock Casino), 11000 Broadway SE. The casino is operated by Isleta Pueblo. (Season 2, episode 13, “ABQ”) (Season 3, episode 1, “No Mas”)

Jesse’s Rehab, The Jar Spa at Isleta Casino (formerly the Hard Rock Casino), 11000 Broadway SE. The casino is operated by Isleta Pueblo. (Season 2, episode 13, “ABQ”) (Season 3, episode 1, “No Mas”)

Jesse’s Rehab, The Jar Spa at Isleta Casino (formerly the Hard Rock Casino), 11000 Broadway SE. The casino is operated by Isleta Pueblo. (Season 2, episode 13, “ABQ”) (Season 3, episode 1, “No Mas”)

Reynold’s Auto Service, 120 Woodward Street SW (2nd & Woodward). RV storage yard. (Season 2, episode 3, “Bit By A Dead Bee”; Season 2, episode 4, “Down”; Season 2, episode 5, “Breakage”; and Season 3, episode 7, “Sunset”).

Southeast Heights Locations

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History. Current address is here, at 601 Eubank SE. “Heisenberg” meets Jesse’s dealers at the museum. (The filming was actually done at the Museum’s old site, now closed, located just NE of Old Town, at 1905 Mountain Rd. NW.) (Season 2, episode 7, “Negro y Azul”)

Missile at the National Nuclear Museum of Science and History, currently located at 601 Eubank SE, but formerly located at 1905 Mountain Rd. NW. (Season 2, episode 7, “Negro y Azul”) For the TV series, this missile was captured on film when it was located at the old Atomic Musuem in Old Town before they moved it to this new location in February 2009.

Left: It’s too obvious, but here is a mention for the Albuquerque Sunport. As might be expected, the airport is shown several times in “Breaking Bad”. (Season 2, Episode 9 “Four Days Out”) (Season 3, Episode 4 “Green Light”)

Parking Garage, with big pillars, (Season 2, Episode 9, “Four Day’s Out”). Blue bars. This parking garage was also featured in Season 3, episode 4, “Green Light” and Season 5, episode 7, “Say My Name”.

Airport Parking Garage staircase

Hospital, Gibson Hospital (formerly Lovelace Medical Center), 5400 Gibson Blvd. SE. (First distinctly seen in Season 2, episode 3, “Bit By A Dead Bee”)

It’s difficult to tell where some of the interior medical scenes are filmed in “Breaking Bad”. Some are probably filmed at “Q” Studios, particularly early in the series (Season 1), but many scenes were no doubt filmed at Gibson Hospital (perhaps other hospitals and clinics as well).

The entire west wing of Gibson Hospital is closed, making it essentially an indoor medical playground for “Breaking Bad”. It would be so alluring as a set that I bet almost all medical scenes from Season 2 forwards were filmed here!

Some of these medical scenes are very memorable. I’m haunted by the ‘Mustard’ scene in Season 1, Episode 1 (“Breaking Bad”), where Walt receives the bad cancer news while sitting in front of a big painting of the Sandia Mountains. It seems to me I’ve seen that painting before. But where? (It must be fairly well-known.) And, of course, Walt eventually obtains the painting (or its print) and displays it on the wall of his new single apartment (Silver & Morningside, SE) in Season 3!

Bus stop near Gibson Hospital. (Season 2, episode 3, “Bit By A Dead Bee”). Just west of Gibson Hospital, with the neon backdrop from the McDonald’s at San Mateo & Gibson.

Hotel Room, Vagabond Inn Executive [Albuquerque Airport], 1901 University Blvd. S.E., (Season 2, episode 7, “Negro y Azul”). The DEA interviews ‘Tortuga’ here.

I was astounded to find on my October, 2011 visit that the Vagabond Inn Executive (Tortuga’s interview site) is now shuttered. I got pictures of the place, but it’s an amazing locale now: a ghost hotel, falling into ruin!

Background for ‘Negro y Azul’ music video, Vagabond Inn Executive [Albuquerque Airport], 1901 University Blvd. S.E., (Season 2, episode 7, “Negro y Azul”). As Los Cuates de Sinaloa play their music, background scenes across University Blvd. can be seen in the distance.

Near “Q” Studios

The Pavilion.

‘OldeSaultie’ states, based on a guitar sculpture visible in the background of the scene, that the concert venue parking lot is where ‘Flynn’ gets his driving lesson (Season 2, episode 4, “Down”) is at The Pavilion, 5601 University Blvd. SE. Here is the namesake Pavilion (not shown on Breaking Bad).

Guitar sculpture.

Trudging through the desert, Los Picaros Dr. SE, (Season 2, episode 3, “Bit By A Dead Bee”). Walt & Jesse reach civilization after a harrowing walk through the desert. (34.989949ø, -106.646159ø)

Saul’s Burial Pit (Season 2, episode 8, “Better Call Saul”) looks as if it might be located near “Q” Studios somewhere: at least, that’s what it looks like to me. You can see a mountain in the background of the scene, probably looking south, towards Polvadera Pk. in the Ladrones, in the gloaming of the setting sun.

Visible as a soil layer in Saul’s Pit is a layer of caliche. Caliche makes a good building material. I remember my Dad making an adobe out of nearly-pure caliche when I was a child. We tossed it from the roof of our house onto concrete, and only managed to crack it. Cutting through caliche takes work, and Jesse and Walt are to be commended for cutting through that layer so quickly.

“Q” Studios

Air Traffic Control Center. Filmed at “Q” Studios (Season 2, episode 13, “ABQ”). Donald Margolis makes a fateful mistake.

The Big I, and (mostly industrial) I-25 Corridor, North

Beneke’s, 2241 Phoenix NE. Next door to Advantage Barricade and Roadmarks. Skyler White returns to work here. (First seen: Season 2, episode 7, “Negro y Azul”)

October, 2011: The altered appearance of Ted Beneke’s office (Season 4, Episode 10, “Salud”) suggests that Breaking Bad no longer has access to the old Beneke offices. Indeed, it now appears the old Beneke offices are now home for Gonzalez Mechanical.

North Valley Locations

Walt goes naked at the Hi-Lo Market, 2513 4th Street NW, (Season 2, episode 3, “Bit By A Dead Bee”). This is the exterior only – the interior was filmed elsewhere (see Jerry’s Market, South Valley locations, above).

Corrales Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)

Rio Rancho Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)

Northwest Albuquerque

(no new locations offered with this update)

West Mesa Locations (except Pajarito Mesa)

(no new locations offered with this update)

Southwest Albuquerque

(no new locations offered in this update)

Sandia And Manzano Mountain Locations

(no new locations offered with this update)

To’hajiilee Locations

(no new locations offered in this update)

Cabezon Locations

(no new locations offered in this update)

Locations Near Los Lunas And Belen

Rak’s Home Supply Store (and parking lot), 108 Carson Dr., SE, Los Lunas. (Season 2, episode 10, “Over”). Walt stares down two meth cooks in the parking lot at Rak’s Los Lunas store.

Rak’s Home Supply Store (and parking lot), 108 Carson Dr., SE, Los Lunas. (Season 2, episode 10, “Over”). Walt stares down two meth cooks in the parking lot at Rak’s Los Lunas store.

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My Search For Tuco’s Desert Shack, (Season 2, episode 2, ‘Grilled’).

At first, I was very confident where Tuco’s house in the desert was located. The TV series seemed to show the presence of a rail line nearby, and that was a major clue. The mountain in the distance might be Polvadera Peak, in the Ladron Mountains, southwest of Albuquerque. The small, rather uniform sagebrush vegetation is actually rather unusual in New Mexico: surprisingly scarce! The only place it seems to be abundant is in the Los Lunas/Belen area, and it may be a threatened biome, for all I know. I figured Tuco’s shack had to be southwest of Los Lunas, perhaps along Highway 6. So I traveled the length of Highway 6 in August, 2010, trying to find it. The house wasn’t out there!

So, in May, 2011, I made a second attempt, and traveled east of Belen, along Highway 47 towards Mountainair, and south of that highway. That area SE of Belen shares several features in common with Tuco’s desert house. It has small, uniform, sagebrush in abundance. It has the rail line. It has the mountain in the distance, with the base obscured by nearby hills. Near the village of Casa Colorada, I felt I was getting very close. Nevertheless, the neighborhood was too modern to be the exact site. So, I kept on looking!

Left: The Ladron Mountains, as seen from Highway 6, near Dalies, NM. Nevertheless, despite the frustration, I wasn’t unhappy that Tuco’s place was so hard for me to find. You encounter many strange things on the back roads of New Mexico. You may not find what you are looking for, but you will still find something of interest. Take a look at what I found in the vast desert!

I just know there is an interesting tale associated with this place (34.586666°, -106.691469°), but I have absolutely no idea what that tale might be! I need a “Breaking Bad” script writer, ASAP!

Tuco’s desert house (Season 2, Episode 2, “Grilled”). On Dalies Road, west of Los Lunas (34.800059°, -106.849620°). On my third attempt (October, 2011), I finally located the place!

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Locations Near San Ysidro, Santa Ana, San Felipe & Zia

Rio Grande River (Season 2, Episode 5, “Breakage”). Illegals find Tuco’s grill.

This is the Rio Grande, on Santa Ana land, near where the power lines cross the river. (35.358692ø, -106.516228ø) In reviewing Season 2 again, I note that the collaboration between Santa Ana Pueblo and Breaking Bad may have started earlier than I thought.

In Season 2, Jesse and Walt rendezvous with the RV under power lines not far from a volcanic mesa (Season 2, Episode 5, “Breakage”). At first, I thought this location was on Albuquerque’s west side, near the Volcano Cliffs there, but the area has been developed in recent years to the point where that area would no longer be suitable for a remote desert rendezvous. The correct location appears to be Santa Ana Pueblo: (35.365010°, -106.533869°)

I’ve been considering Possible Rendezvous Sites at the end of ‘Breakage’. This location is likely nearby, on Santa Ana Pueblo Land.

These sort of views are very common on northern NM plateaus, so there is nearly an infinite set of places to work with. Nevertheless, this location is on Santa Ana Pueblo land, and is in close proximity to the two other Santa Ana locations used in ‘Breakage’, and could well have been convenient. Possible Rendezvous Point: (35.369786°, -106.546615°). It requires a site visit to be sure. I’ll list it as a possible location. That parcel of Santa Ana land out there is ‘Restricted Access’, however, so getting confirmation will require either skullduggery or social graces with the Pueblo. (I tried being brazen about it, and simply going out there, but I was stopped.)

Border Landscape – Hola DEA. Cabezon Road is located on Zia Indian Pueblo land about 4.5 miles south of San Ysidro, New Mexico. It was down this road where the border landscape was filmed (Season 2, episode 7, “Negro y Azul”). (35.501973°, -106.818708°)

Cabezon Road slips past the end of a remarkable-looking ridge as it passes into the plain where Tortuga’s head was found on a tortoise. The ridge-end is shown here.

Ridge on the left. “What’s the matter, Schrader? You act like you’ve never seen a severed human head on a tortoise before!”

This hilltop (or a shorter hill to the right) may have been the location where the DEA folks set up their observation post.

The ridge again. There are caves about ten miles NW of this spot, and I wonder if there are caves near here too.

The two hills. I wanted to proceed further, but there was a mud wallow (foreground) that made me hesitate. In addition, I could hear guns in the distance from target shooters, and I didn’t want to press my luck.

White Mesa, with its mine, appears in the distance, almost like a glacier. The whiteness of White Mesa was also visible on TV.

Bernalillo/Placitas Locations

Hank throws Tuco’s ‘grill’ into the Rio Grande (Season 2, episode 5, “Breakage”). This is the Highway 550 bridge over the Rio Grande, at Bernalillo.

Santa Fe & Lamy Locations

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More Distant Locations

Building with horizontal stripes, (Season 2, Episode 8, “Better Call Saul”). Badger’s police interrogation. The ‘Police’ sign is also seen in Saul Goodman’s introductory video. I notice there seems to be graffiti scrubbed off from the concrete sign.

Building with horizontal stripes
Wilshire Community Police Station
4861 W. Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

One of the very few Breaking Bad locations NOT filmed in Albuquerque! This scene caused me much grief because this style of building so rare in Albuquerque as to be non-existent. I thought it was from Phoenix, or maybe Dallas, but Miguel Jaramillo noticed what appeared to be a California license plate on the car in the scene and was finally able to locate it.