Alabama Hills Recreation Area in California
In 1969, the BLM dedicated nearly 30,000 acres of public land west of Lone Pine, California, as the Alabama Hills Recreation Area.
A short drive from the Hollywood center of film making, the Alabama Hills have attracted movie makers from all over the world. Since the early 1920’s, movie stars such as Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, and the Lone Ranger have been shooting it out with outlaws. Classics such as Gunga Din, Yellow Sky, and How the West was Won were filmed at sites now known as “Movie Flats”.
The 1990 sci-fi classic Tremors was filmed almost entirely on location in the Alabama Hills. Some movies filmed here more recently include Star Trek Generations, Gladiator, Iron Man, and Django Unchained.
Every October the community of Lone Pine hosts the “Lone Pine Film Festival”. They feature guest speakers from previous films, actors, guided bus tours and photo plaques mounted at the original movie site locations for the public to enjoy.
Photo by Bob Wick, BLM