The Alabama Hills are a formation of rounded rocks and eroded hills set between the jagged peaks of the Sierra Nevada and the geologically complex Inyo Mountains. Both geologic features were shaped by the same uplifting occurring 100 million years ago.
The Alabama Hills were named for the CSS Alabama, a Confederate warship deployed during the American Civil War. When news of the ship's exploits reached prospectors in California sympathetic to the Confederates, they named many mining claims after the ship, and the name came to be applied to the entire range.
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The Alabama Hills are a popular filming location for television and movie productions, especially Westerns set in an archetypical "rugged" environment. Since the early 1920s, 150 movies and about a dozen television shows have been filmed here.
Alabama Hills features exceptional skies for Southern California. It is Bortle class 2 or "average dark sky" site; this low level of light pollution meets or exceeds conditions in many of other popular nearby areas for amateur astronomy
Movie road offers amazing camping areas that are free for camping up to 14 days. The dirt roads are fairly well maintained by the BLM and accessible with most ALL vehicles. Gigantic rock formations offer great areas to find secluded camping areas throughout Movie Road. Please remember to only camp on designated areas, and ALWAYS Leave No Trace.