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Alabama Hills

Friday, April 28, 2023

Other Names

Movie Road, Mt. Whitney, Lone Pine Creek

Last Known StatusOpen

With unique landscape filled with colorful boulders and excellent views of Mount Whitney, it’s no wonder why Alabama Hills is one of the top film locations for major movie studios. The main attraction is “Movie Road” where visitors can take a self guided tour and check out the actual film sites of classic westerns and modern movies (Tremors, How The West Was Won, Iron Man and Man of Steel are just one of many examples).

Dispersed camping is permitted but there may be some changes coming in the near future. Designated campgrounds can be found just a few miles away at Lone Pine (west), Portuguese Joe (east), and Tuttle Creek (south). There is no direct OHV access from these campgrounds so vehicles will need to be street legal or be hauled to and from the trailhead.

Most of the area consists of wide and hard packed 4x4 roads, making this area best explored in a jeep or dual sport motorcycle. There is a designated multiple use trail located west of the Arch Loop Trailhead that is open to dirt bikes, mountain bikes and hikers.

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Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on designated trails
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on designated roads
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSSome AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on designated roads
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Some Areaspermitted on designated roads
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Some AreasCA OHMVR stickers required
permitted on designated roads
2 Stroke EnginesNo RestrictionCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas(permitted in developed campsites only)
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedno trailblazing
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size30,000 acres (47 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation4500 to 4800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis BLM land has mostly roads.Mostly
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


AreaMotorized Trails


Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (E)Shell (760) 876-1035
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (E)Shell (760) 876-1035
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (E)Portuguese Joe Campground (760) 873-5577
RV Hookups RV Hookup30+ Miles (N)Browns Millpond Campground (760) 873-8522
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (S)Tuttle Creek Campground (760) 872-5000
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (E)Portuguese Joe Campground (760) 873-5577
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (E)Shell (760) 876-1035




Our RatingRatingGood
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Nearest CityLone Pine, CA
AddressMovie Flat Road, Lone Pine, CA 93545
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Bishop, CA
1) Take US-395 South about 55 miles
2) Turn right (west) onto Whitney Portal Road, continue 2.7 miles
3) Turn right (north) onto Movie Road, continue 1.6 miles toward staging area.


Contact InfoBLM - Bishop Field Office
351 Pacu Lane, Suite 100
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 872-5000


Alabama Hills Trail Photo

Alabama Hills Trail

Photo Submitted 4/6/2021 (Thanks!)

Alabama Hills Trail Photo

Alabama Hills Trail

Photo Submitted 4/6/2021 (Thanks!)

Alabama Hills Trail Photo

Alabama Hills Trail

Photo Submitted 4/6/2021 (Thanks!)

Alabama Hills Trail Photo

Alabama Hills Trail

Photo Submitted 2/22/2021 (Thanks!)

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