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New Mexico filmWe're New Mexico's only full-service sandbag company, and to date our bags have been featured in several major motion pictures and television productions (scroll down to see our portfolio to date). We'd love to work with you. For pricing, see our commercial page. We offer discounts for volume orders, and delivery is available throughout the Southwest.

Production Design, Set Dressing and Props:

Our bags have been used for both contemporary military and dystopian set dressings. We have just what you need for WW I, WW 2, Korea, Vietnam and modern (Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.) theaters and campaigns.

We can also provide bags for westerns, barricades for street demonstrations, and historical warfare (didn't know that sandbags were used in the Revolutionary and Civil wars. did you?).

Sandbags are also perfect for zombie/Armageddon/post-apocalyptic flicks, and - of course - for use in man's eternal, epic struggle against the relentlessness of floods & natural disasters.
Sandbags are iconic.

Our polypropylene bags in an array of colors and burlap bags (both untreated and treated) are the industry standard today. As hinted above, we can source old-school cotton sandbags as well. These and other specialty bags (e.g., old faded burlap coffee & feed bags) can be filled with lightweight material for props such as wagon loads, dockside cargo bales... you get the idea.


One production we worked with needed clouds of dust for a car chase... there'd been too much rain and, well, there was no dust. Time was limited; we came up with burlap "duster" bags filled with dry silty dirt to do the trick when driven across. We can provide wide varieties of sand, dirt, rock, scoria, etc., either bagged or by the yard.


Endless. Rigging and counterweights. Holding down tarps and equipment in high winds. Storm water and flood channeling & diversion for outdoor locations. Erosion control & stabilization. Skirting for trailers to block wind and provide insulation. Blast barriers for live explosives. Temporary enclosures and structures.


Films:                                                                            Television:

The Scorch Trials (Jan. 2015)                                        The Night Shift (2016-17)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (March 2015)                            The Brave (2017)
Granite Mountain (June 2016)
Horse Soldiers (December 2016)


What we offer:

We provide both filled and empty sandbags in any quantity - no minimum - and can deliver state-wide, or load your truck in our yard to ease your budget. Our most popular industrial grade bags are:

  • Burlap, both plain (natural untreated jute) and treated (US Military specs, EPA-approved).

You can see pictures of bags (colors) and view bag specs on our store pages here. If you'd like bag samples (and if time allows), let us know. We carry or can source other kinds of bags as well. Give us an idea of what you're looking for. If we don't have it in stock, we can get it... everything from Roscos to Hescos.

Special challenges? We love them. Give us a call & we'll see what we can do for you.

About us:

We're a small, homegrown company (our office is our kitchen table), and we'll bend over backwards to meet your needs while keeping within your budget & deadlines.


We're registered with the New Mexico Film Office as being 'eco-friendly'. What's this mean?

The masonry sand used to fill our bags comes from recycled concrete. Our burlap bags are biodegradable & compostable, while our poly bags can be recycled with household plastic waste. We use recycled pallets. We produce minimal carbon emissions. And we pick up our garbage.


We offer hiring preference to people with obstacles to employment, including veterans, folks with arrest records & felonies, minorities, women, and disabilities. We pay well (over $10/hour to start) and provide those who work hard with strong references when they're ready to move on. We source locally whenever possible, and sell at (or near) cost to non-profits and educational entities. Your support helps us support the community. And we're a member of the Film Business Alliance of New Mexico, meaning that we also support your community.

Call us at 505.750.3478 and leave a message if we don't pick up.
We'll get back to you ASAP.
Alternatively, email us at info@nmdirtbags.com.

New Mexico Dirtbags                   Albuquerque,  New Mexico   87106                   (505) 750-3478  (DIRT)