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Located west of the town of Long Pine, there is an area called Alabama Hills which features unusual rock formations. Since 1920 this area has been a favorite location for television and movie filmmakers. Over 250 movies, TV episodes and commercials have been filmed in this area. Movies like Gunga Din and Maverick were filmed here. A partial list of stars who have been filmed at Alabama Hills includes Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, Humphrey Bogard, Susan Hayward, Spencer Tracy, Natalie Wood, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Steve McQueen, Shelly Winters, Luci and Desi Arnaz, Willie Nelson and Mel Gibson. You can take yourself and your pooch on a self-guided auto tour of this area. Go 2.5 miles west of Lone Pine and turn north at Movie Road. At the corner of Movie and Whitney Portal Roads, you will find the Movie Plaque which commemorates the many movies filmed in the nearby hills. Go north .25 miles to the Roy Rogers Movie Flats, an area were hundreds of westerns and other movies were filmed. Go north .25 miles and turn east to Lone Ranger Canyon. This spot is another popular filming area and was where some scenes of the Lone Ranger was filmed. Go 2.25 miles to the southern loop to find Moonscape Views. Turn south on Horseshoe Meadow Road and go 1 mile to Gunga Din Canyon. The classic 1939 movie used locations in the first canyon to the east for filming. Go south for 3 miles to the Tuttle Creek Campground. It used for camping and as a fishing spot. Go 2 miles southeast to view The Needles Formation. It is a sharp spine of rocks north of the housing area. Then take Tuttle Creek Canyon Road down the canyon and back to Lone Pine. Pets on leash are allowed to walk around the view points. Please clean up after your pets. For more information, stop by the InterAgency Visitor Center at the intersection of Highways 395 and 136 in Lone Pine. The center is open daily from 8am to 4:30pm.
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