Mount Whitney Through Mobius Arch
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Alabama Hills are a "range of hills" and rock formations near the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the Owens Valley, west of Lone Pine in Inyo County, California.
Though geographically considered a range of hills, geologically they are a part of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Dozens of natural arches are among the main attractions at the Alabama Hills. They can be accessed by short hikes from the Whitney Portal Road, the Movie Flat Road and the Horseshoe Meadows Road. Among the notable features of the area are: Mobius Arch, Lathe Arch, the Eye of Alabama and Whitney Portal Arch. Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States is visible throughout the Alabama Hills making it a most popular recreational area. Oddly enough, Mobius Arch is very small but is mighty in reputation. 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, including Tom Mix films, Hopalong Cassidy films, The Gene Autry Show, and The Lone Ranger. Classics such as Gunga Din, Springfield Rifle, The Violent Men, Bad Day at Black Rock, part of How the West Was Won, and Joe Kidd.
More recent productions such as Tremors and Joshua Tree, were filmed at "movie ranch" sites known as Movie Flats and Movie Flat Road. In Gladiator, actor Russell Crowe rides a horse in front of the Alabama Hills, with Mount Whitney in the background, for a scene presumably set in Spain. Star Trek Generations was filmed here as well. More recently, many parts of Iron Man and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen were filmed here as well.
April 29th, 2013
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