The Alabama Hills has a famous history in the movie business. Nearly 400 feature films have shot
scenes here since 1920 along with dozens of TV shows, movie serials, and car commercials. The
Alabama Hills have been the setting for deserts of the Old West, the Far East, and even distant
It is surprising to see the list of movie stars who have worked here. Hopalong Cassidy, Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Mel Gibson, Demi Moore, William Shatner, Audie Murphy, Clint Eastwood, and many more. And not just for westerns: G.I. Jane, Tremors, Star Trek V, Gunga Din, Army Girl, Lives of a Bengal Lancer, …..
Every October they have a Film Festival when many of the stars and other film industry people show up along with many of us ordinary people. This year it is Oct 6-8, the only hotel, motel, and all of the campgrounds are sold out for miles around.
There is a rough dirt road, "Movie Road," which winds through the Alabama Hills with many spurs leading to various areas where scenes have been shot. Using a tour guide you can see where the scenes were recorded and compare the area with pictures in the guide. We went with the Saturn, drove on many spurs, and afterwards found out that the road and all of the spurs are for SUV's and high clearance vehicles. I was wondering why I had to back up and by pass some of the real rough spots.
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