Alabama Hills Recreation Management Area

Quick Facts

Alabama Hills Recreation Management Area


(760) 872-5000

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Things To Do


A millennia of wind, snow and eons of wind-blown sand have blasted across the 30,000 acres of public land to create the crisply sculptured ridges of the Sierra called Alabama Hills Recreation Area. The Alabama Hills gather their name from a Confederate warship responsible for wreaking havoc to northern shipping during the Civil War. Prospectors sympathetic to the Confederate cause named their mining claims after the Alabama and eventually the name stuck to these unique hills. Photographers come from all over the country to photograph this amazing view and the Alabama Hills 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, including auto/motorcycle touring, camping, hiking, hunting and OHV use. Several self-guided interpretive brochures can be found online to help any auto-roamer see the sites, including the Movie Road Self-Guided Tour, featuring "Real Movie Locations That You Can Find," which takes a drive through the Alabama Hills, just west of Lone Pine and visit 10 historic movie locations, from "Gunga Din" to "How the West Was Won" to "Rawhide".

Map of Alabama Hills Rec. Management Area

Latitude, Longitude: 36.605882, -118.092642



  • Bicycling

    Contact the park for information on cycling trails.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Several self-guided interpretive brochures in cooperation with other land management agencies and chambers of commerce in the Eastern Sierra have been created and can be viewed online. "Motor Touring in the Eastern Sierra including Death Valley" describes 16 routes you can take from Rock Creek Canyon in the North to Shoshone in the southern reaches of Inyo County. "Movie Road Self-Guided Tour, Featuring Real Movie Locations That You Can Find," takes a drive through the Alabama Hills, just west of Lone Pine and visit 10 historic movie locations, from "Gunga Din" to "How the West Was Won" to "Rawhide". "Motor Touring in Mono County" are ten self-guided routes throughout Mono County on little-traveled roads that bring you deep into the county's natural wonders and colorful history.

  • Camping

    Bishop Field Office operates four campgrounds in the Eastern Sierra, from Lone Pine area in the south to Crowley Lake in the north; opening dates vary. You can camp on BLM land for free up to 14 days per calendar year.

  • Hiking

    A scenic trail system is available that people may walk and enjoy this geologic phenomena at a leisurely pace. The Alabama Hills Arch Nature Trail Walk was created in partnership with the Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group. To get 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 the trail sign on the left side of this parking area; this is where you begin your arch walk. The walk takes approximately 15 min. round trip and the terrain is hilly.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed on most public land unless posted as closed, e.g. hiking trails, developed recreation areas and safety zones near housing. Access may be limited by privately owned lands. Permission from the landowner will be required in these cases. Game species found on BLM lands include quail, deer, waterfowl, and dove. Seasons, closures, limits and other regulations are specified by the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG). For information about hunting regulations visit California Department of Fish and Game Website.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    There are thousands of miles of established dirt roads in the Eastern Sierra. Some range from drivable by two wheel drive to very challenging four wheel drive routes. It is asked that you stay on existing dirt roads. There is one open area east of Bishop managed by the Inyo National Forest. This area is called Poleta Canyon and can be accessed by taking East Line Street out of Bishop and traveling approximately nine miles east. The area will be marked where open riding is allowed.


It can get to be around 100 F in the winter; do bring water and sun protection.



Coming either from the south or north on US395, after entering the town of Lone Pine, turn east on to Whitney Road. (At the traffic light) Approximately one mile east on the Whitney Portal Road, there is visitor information pull-off with information and a map of the recreation area.

It is suggested that visitors stop at the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center @ 126 S. Main Street to obtain maps and information prior to heading into Alabama Hills

Phone Numbers


(760) 872-5000