- As Noted In: USA Recreation Area BLM, US Bureau Of Land Management
The hills were named after the CSS Alabama, a Confederate warship responsible for wreaking havoc during the Civil War. Prospectors sympathetic to the Confederate cause named their mining claims after the Alabama and eventually the name stuck.
Beginning in 1920 Hollywood filmmakers began to take an interest in the area, since then over 400 movies have been filmed here. The area continues to attract film crews, benefiting the local economy.
The outstanding features and environment of the Alabama Hills have attracted movie makers from all over the world. Since the early 1920s, 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. During 1993 portions were filmed for Maverick. A massive set was built in the Alabama's formations and filming continued for three weeks. Some movies filmed here more recently have been Star Trek Generations, Gladiator, Iron Man, and Django Unchained. - US BLM
The Mobius Arch Loop Trail
Photographers come from all over the country to photograph this amazing view, and the Mobius Arch is a bonus. Whether you are here for the Sierra views, identifying native plant life or photography, this area offers a variety of activities. The Mobius Arch Loop Trail was created in partnership with the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group. Directions to the trailhead:Take Hwy 395 to Lone Pine.
Turn west (at the stop light) onto Whitney Portal Road, drive 2.5 miles to Movie Road, turn right.
After 1.5 miles you will come to a Y in the road.
Go right and pull into the dirt parking area immediately on your left.
You will see markers on both on the left and right sides of this parking area. You can begin your arch walk at either trail head.
The loop hike takes approximately 20 min. round trip and the terrain is hilly - US BLM.