After months of delay, Nomadland is heading to screens in the US on February 19th but where was the movie filmed? What filming locations did Nomadland use?

Nomadland is one of the most highly anticipated films to release during the 2021 awards season.

Starring Frances McDormand, the film releases in theaters and on Hulu in the US on February 19th.

But just where was Nomadland filmed? What filming locations were used in the far-reaching film?

NOMADLAND | Official Teaser Trailer | Searchlight Pictures

NOMADLAND | Official Teaser Trailer | Searchlight Pictures


After a delayed release schedule, Nomadland is hitting screens in the US on February 19th whether that’s in theaters or via the Hulu streaming service.

The film, which is based on the book, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, tells the story of Fern (Frances McDormand).

Like many others, Fern lost her job in the 2008 financial crash and the recession that followed.

Now, she lives in a van and spends her life on the road, living as a modern-day nomad, looking for work.

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Where was Nomadland filmed?

  • Nomadland was filmed across in multiple states in the US.

Filmed during the autumn/fall of 2018, Nomadland sees Fern venture from state to state in her van looking for work.

Production actually took on a similar guise with a minimal film crew packing into their own vans and driving between states.


Nevada is where Nomadland begins as Fern is a resident of the minuscule mining town, Empire, which is decimated by the collapse of the local mining industry.

The most prominent locations to feature in Nevada are Black Rock Desert as well as a local Amazon Fulfilment Center where Fern works during the busy winter.


Arizona is another state that played host to filming and Quartzsite Yacht Club is the most notable location to feature.


The town of Scottbluff, Nebraska also welcomed film crews.

South Dakota

Several locations in South Dakota played host to filming including the Pine Ridge Reservation and Badlands National Park.


And finally, Point Arena in Mendocino County north of San Francisco and San Bernardino National Forest near Los Angeles were the key Californian locations to feature

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Nomadland is available in theaters and on Hulu in the US from February 19th, 2021.

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