The 2007 Coen Brothers film, “No Country for Old Men,” is set in West Texas in 1980. The movie was filmed in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico, with much of the film shot around Las Vegas, New Mexico (not to be confused with the famed city in Nevada). Early in the film, Anton Chigurh, played by Javier Bardem, becomes agitated at a gas station owner and gambles the man’s life on a coin toss. The building currently sits abandoned and can be found on the outskirts of Las Vegas.
LOCATION: 2619 NM-104, Las Vegas, NM 87701
While it is never seen from this angle in the film, here is a closer look at the gas station exterior.
Most of the scene takes place inside. Here is how the interior looks where Anton Chigurh stood.
On the run with drug money, Llewelyn Moss, played by Josh Brolin, gets a room at the Regal Motel.
LOCATION: 1809 N Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Rightfully paranoid he’s being tracked, Llewelyn heads up to the front desk and books a second room.
Llewelyn is seen exiting room 138.
On the hunt for Llewelyn, Anton Chigurh uses a pay phone to call Llewelyn’s mother-in-law. In reality, no pay phone exists where Anton stands, it’s just some parking spaces in front of the Las Vegas Train Station.
LOCATION: 500 Railroad Avenue, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Llewelyn checks into the Historic Plaza Hotel, where he realizes he’s been tracked. The same hotel is seen in the film “Easy Rider.”
LOCATION: 230 Plaza Park, Las Vegas, NM 87701
The lobby of the real hotel appears in a few scenes, most memorably when Anton confronts Carson Wells, played by Woody Harrelson.
As Carson walks up the stairs, Anton approaches him from behind and tells him to proceed to his room. In the film, the room is shown to be room 213. However, we visited room 213 and can confirm it is not the room used in the film. Nothing about the layout matches what is seen in the film, including the hallway outside. What is seen in the film is either a different hotel or a set. The lobby scenes are the real Historic Plaza Hotel, however.
Right next to the stairs is this sign noting the hotel’s appearance in the film.
Here is the area where the hotel clerk’s front desk was located.
Llewelyn pays off the clerk to notify him is anyone else enters the hotel. When he later calls and no one answers, he confirms Anton is in the building.
A gun fight spills into the streets between Llewelyn and Anton. Llewelyn stops a truck to try to escape, but the driver is quickly shot by Anton.
LOCATION: 518 Douglas Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Llewelyn flees in the truck and jumps the curb of this intersection before crashing.
LOCATION: 527 Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
After fending off Anton, Llewelyn crosses the border to Mexico. The border station was built by the production at this intersection.
LOCATION: E University Ave / Grand Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Llewelyn walks up E University Ave (also known as NM-104), where he buys a coat off some men passing him. He also tosses the money over the fence, but below is not the grassy area seen in the film, rather some railroad tracks. Carson Wells is seen later at the same location.
LOCATION: E University Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701 (GPS coordinates: 35°35’47.4″N, 105°12’44.2″W, overlooking 700 Railroad Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701)
Wounded and in need of medicine, Anton blows up a car in front of Mike Zoss Pharmacy, in order to distract everyone inside as he takes what he needs.
LOCATION: 610 Douglas Ave, Las Vegas, NM 87701
After recovering from his injuries, Llewelyn stays at the Desert Sands Motel in Albuquerque, which has since been demolished. The front street can still be matched up, when Ed Tom Bell, played by Tommy Lee Jones, arrives right after a crime has transpired.
LOCATION: 5000 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108 (now demolished)
Ed Tom meets a fellow officer at the morgue, also located in Albuquerque.
LOCATION: 715 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Carla Jean, played by Kelly Macdonald, lives at this home.
LOCATION: 915 Jackson St, Las Vegas, NM 87701
Late in the film, Anton gets into an accident at this intersection. In the film, a traffic light is seen, but in reality there is only a stop sign.
LOCATION: Baca Ave / 6th St, Las Vegas, NM 87701
After some boys approach Anton to check on him, he asks for one of their shirts and then escapes down this sidewalk.