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Breaking Badlands: the Heisenberg Trail

December 30, 2013

Any of you unfamiliar with the New Mexican legend that is Heisenberg must have been living under a very large rock for the last 5 years. Grab yourself a Netfilx free trial, sort it out and come back when you’ve had your fix of this notorious Albuquerquan drug lord.


If you’ve got a taste for road tripping, there’s nowhere quite like New Mexico – especially with the stunning pop culture filled badlands of the Breaking Bad trail out there for the taking. If you just can’t get enough of that Blue Sky, fear not – we can supply. Let’s hit the road.


Suggested Vehicles

If you want to hit the Breaking Bad trail, you’ll need the right vehicle for the job. Hiring a bright red Dodge Challenger SRT and living vicariously through Walt Jr. could definitely be awesome, but the correct way to do this road trip is, of course, in a Fleetwood Bounder campervan! Fair enough, it might not be the nicest or most luxurious campervan money can buy – but it’s the vehicle of choice for any Breaking Bad fanatic. We’ve also heard reports of guided tours around the best BB spots in Albuquerque on segways, scooters and buses – so whatever takes your fancy, really.

Must-See Spots

Take a peek at this map and you’ll see all the hottest spots to visit on a Breaking Bad tour of New Mexico. Simply click on individual locations to find a short description of each location and featured episodes.

Jesse’s Parent’s House

Later Jesse’s house, when he bought their home from them with the millions he made from his share of the meth money. Apart from the fact that this is actually a beautiful house to begin with, this place has a metric ton of history. Walt and Jesse had their makeshift meth lab here, after all – so, if you don’t feel like trekking into the desert to visit one of their cooking spots, this could be an excellent alternative. 

Casa del White

Not a cooking site or drug den but still an absolutely integral part of Breaking Bad’s history, this is the famous White residence, home to Skyler, Walt Jr. (or Flynn, if you like) and, of course, the chemistry teacher turned drug lord himself. This house was the backdrop for some massive and pivotal scenes and the home to millions and millions of dollars of dirty drug money. Exciting stuff.


What the hell is Twisters and what have they done with Los Pollos? In actual fact, this fast food restaurant is the real location used for the Los Pollos Hermanos restaurant, run by sadistic drug baron, Gus Fring. We think it’d be pretty cool to grab some chicken and pretend you’re waiting for the child murderer himself. They’ve even kept the glorious Los Pollos logo on the wall inside – Instagram opportunities galore. 

The Desert

Okay, so sand and rocks may not sound so exciting – but with a little imagination, you can picture Walt burying his money, him and Jesse cooking their first batches of meth and, of course, the epic season 5 shootout. You’ll also be surprised to see that there are homes within half a mile of here – all this savannahscape needed was some clever camera angles and a few cheeky cuts to make it look totally barren and desolate.

The Octopus

Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could drive your RV to Walt and Skyler’s money laundering operation car wash to get rid of all that desert dust? This is another must-see location and a recipe for an absolutely A1 day.

Where to Stay

If camping in a rusty old can isn’t quite your style, some Albuquerque hotels actually offer Breaking Bad hotel packages, with many including Breaking Bad box sets to watch at your leisure, and others offering tours and maps of all the hottest locations. This one’s your call – but we think completing your BB pilgrimage requires your full commitment, and it just wouldn’t be right to forget that Fleetwood Bounder.

Honourable Mention

The Candy Lady in Albuquerque’s Old Town sells Blue Meth – rock candy dyed blue to resemble the blue meth made on the show.

Bus tours

If you don’t fancy navigating our map of Breaking Bad hotspots, you could always check out one of the bus tours around town, featuring TV screens throughout the bus, playing relevant clips from the series as you approach each location.


Some things we’ve left you to discover on your own – there’s certainly a lot more than just Breaking Bad going on in Albuquerque but you can check that out for yourself. Us? We’ve got seats on the Heisenberg bandwagon and don’t plan on getting off any time soon.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.