BLM Hosting Nature Hikes to Alabama Hills Movie Locations

News Release
Central California District

For Immediate Release:  March 1, 2017                                                         CA-CC-17-15

Contact:  Serena Baker, (916) 941-3146, sbaker@blm.gov

BLM Hosting Nature Hikes to Alabama Hills Movie Locations

BISHOP, Calif. – The Bureau of Land Management, Alabama Hills Stewardship Group and Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association will host guided hikes in March on the film history and natural history of the Alabama Hills.

Film history hikes will be held March 4 and 26. There have been more than 400 movies and countless commercials filmed in the Alabama Hills. Participants will hear interesting and amusing stories about numerous productions as they explore the camera locations. This walk covers an area of Movie Flat that includes locations from memorable films such as Gunga Din, Tremors, Bad Day at Black Rock, and Django Unchained. This is a relatively easy walk on existing roads and trails covering less than one mile. Be sure to wear supportive footwear.

“These Alabama Hills are Alive” hike will be held March 12. Explore the mysteries hidden within the eroded granite rock, while walking through the passageways and along the ridge lines that make up the maze of this amazing setting. Participants will discover who lives here and why and how they can best see the secretive creatures and flora within one or more of the many habitats hidden within the rocks.

The “Natural History, the Alabama Hills under our feet,” hike will be held March 18. This ancient landscape contains the stories of the ages. Participants will learn some of the geological and cultural tales as they take a series of short walks through the corridors and mounds nestled below the peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

All hikes will take about two hours, including drive time. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, Lone Pine, the corner of routes 395 and 136. From there participants will drive to the Alabama Hills. Driving time is approximately 10 minutes.

Please car pool as parking is limited. Bring layered clothing for a range of temperatures and windy conditions, camera and water. For more information, contact Dave Kirk, BLM Bishop Field Office Alabama Hills Steward, at dmkirk@blm.gov, or telephone the Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center at (760) 876-6222.

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