Alabama Hills film, geology and natural history hikes offered


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A rock arch at Alabama Hills.  Photo by Josh Hammari, BLM.BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office, Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association will be hosting two-hour, guided hikes about the film, geology and natural history of Alabama Hills. Hikes will begin at 10 a.m. on Jan. 6, 14, 20 and 27, leaving from the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center, at the intersection of U.S. Route 395 and State Route136, Lone Pine.

On Jan. 6 and 20, join the BLM for a hike through Alabama Hills’ film history, where more than 400 movies and countless commercials have been filmed. Hear interesting and amusing stories about numerous productions. This walk covers an area known as “Movie Flat,” which includes locations from memorable films such as Gunga Din, Tremors, Bad Day at Black Rock and Django Unchained. This is a relatively easy walk on existing roads and trails covering less than one mile. Participants should wear supportive footwear.

“The Alabama Hills under our Feet” hike will be held on Sunday, Jan. 14. This ancient landscape captures the stories of the ages. Hear geological and cultural tales on several short walks through corridors and mounds nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills.  

“These Alabama Hills are Alive” hike will be held Jan 27. Explore the mysteries hidden within the eroded granite rock, while walking through the passageways and along the ridgelines that make up the maze of this amazing setting. Discover who lives here, why and how to best see the secretive creatures and flora within one or more of the many habitats hidden within the rocks.

Participants should carpool as parking is limited, wear layered clothing for a range of temperatures and windy conditions, bring a camera, binoculars and at least one liter of water. Some participants may also wish to bring trekking poles and snacks.

As stewards the BLM manages public lands for the benefit of current and future generations, supporting conservation in pursue of its multiple-use mission. For more information contact BLM Bishop Field Office Alabama Hills Steward Dave Kirk at, or call the Eastern Sierra Visitor Center at 760-876-6222.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.