Alabama Hills – Lone Pine, CA

On my way to Alabama… Alabama Hills that is….

Today I drove 132 miles to Lone Pine, CA where I plan to stay for a couple of days in the Alabama Hills.  I stopped at the Inter-Agency Visitors Center going into town to pick up a freebie map of the Alabama Hills and also signed up for a fire permit.  The permit doesn’t cost anything but if you are having any kind of fire outside of your rig (such as my gas barbeque) you are required to have it.

Found a nice spot

Then I drove down the Whitney Portal Road to the Movie Road.  It then turns into a gravel road with many small roads leading to places to camp.  The roads are very narrow so I parked my rig in a good spot and hiked down several of the roads so I could find a good spot.  I did find a great little place back among the rocks.

Camped where they filmed Gunga Din

While relaxing in my new found campsite I overheard 3 people on horses mention that this spot was used in the original Gunga Din movie set.  I saw several people on horseback riding all through this area.  Here are a couple more pics taken around my campsite.

One of the reasons I chose this spot was because it had a beautiful view of the mountains.  I am not sure but I think one of the mountains is My Whitney, which is the highest mountain in the 48 states.  There was still snow on them as well.  What a beautiful sight.

Lost of odd shapes

The Alabama Hills are so unique.  They are oddly shaped rocks everywhere, some very small and others are huge.  This is public land managed by the BLM Bishop Field Office.  There is dispersed camping just about anywhere, although they tell you to use an existing camp and fire-ring.  According to the map there are over 50 movie productions filmed here annually.  Many of the old westerns were filmed here as well.  There is a Museum of Film History located in Lone Pine where you can pick up the exact location of 10 classic movies.  The movie industry adds quite a bit to the economy here in Lone Pine.  I took a hike all through this area the next day and found some really neat areas.

I even found some desert flowers in bloom.

I also found this cave that contained a fire pit.  It looked like it had been used a lot for a fire as the roof of it was all black.

What a funny looking guy!

There was also a rock formation that looked like someones head only with a really crooked nose.  HA!

This is a really beautiful and there were many spots where you could camp and really get away from it all.

Don’t forget the Film History Museum

I stayed here two nights.  I would have liked to stay longer but I have my work commitment in Oregon.  I would definitely recommend this area.  After leaving I went to the Lone Pine Film History Museum in Lone Pine.  It only cost $5 to get in and it was well worth it.  They had posters of many of the movies that were filmed in this area.  This was a display they had where they made the movie Gunga Din.

It was a great weekend even though I couldn’t get cell phone or internet service.  Maybe that was why it was so good!

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9 thoughts on “Alabama Hills – Lone Pine, CA

  1. Looks great there, Jim. I certainly remember Gunga Din. I was young when I saw it and rmember crying when Gunga Din was killed. Be Well and Safe Travels, Ann and Jerry

  2. I never knew this area looked as unique as it does. You are teaching us a lot! The flowers looked great, I think you did that for your female viewers. 🙂

  3. We loved Lone Pine & the Alabama Hills while there in March of 2011. I spent some great hours out there on Movie Road tracking down the exact sites some of the movies were filmed at including Gungha Din where you were camped. You might find my post for that day kind of interesting now that you have been there……
    IN SEARCH OF RANDOLPH SCOTT’S CAMPFIRE……54 YEARS LATER http://thebayfieldbunch.com/2011/03/in-search-of-randolph-scotts-campfire54.html

    • Hi Al,

      Thanks for sending me that link to your Alabama Hills tracking experience. That was really a great idea. I wish I had stopped at the Museum before I went out to Alabama Hills to get one of their flyers showing where the films were made.. I stopped at the museum afterwards. I don’t have a toad but I sure did a lot of hiking and found many many great boondocking sites. They were everywhere.

      I also wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog everyday. It is one of my favorite reads. Even when you aren’t RVing I find it not only interesting but the pics are fantastic.

      Take Care,

      Jimbo

  4. I so want to visit this area. I’ve read so many great blog posts about it. It is definitely on our list and not too far from the top.

  5. Love the Alabama Hills. Looks like you found a great place to camp. All the rock formations are so interesting and I love the one of the face – that’s a great shot. When we went to the film museum, I got some of the BEST steak rub I have ever found. I think it was Cowboy Steak Rub. Anyway, too late now but if you ever get back there, look for the steak rub YUM!!

  6. I’ve been going to the Alabama Hills since 1975 when I started backpacking up in the Sierras. Love the Hills and the mountains. Your picture of the Sierra escarpment actually frames Lone Pine Peak, Mt. Whitney is just to the right but is not included in your pic. Reason to go back, right?

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