Lone Pine is known for sitting at the base of Mt Whitney, at 14,505 feet, the tallest mountain in the lower 48. It is also known for its October Film Festival. This town and its Alabama Hills have a long history with the film industry. The first feature film shot entirely on location at Lone Pine was The Round-up, a 1920 silent movie starring Fatty Arbuckle. The Alabama Hills have appeared in over 300 movies as well as commercials and tv shows. After stopping at the Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Film History Museum(more to come on that later) to get a self guided tour booklet, we headed over to the Alabama Hill area, just a few miles from our campground. We turned from Whitney Portal Rd to Movie Rd and followed the guide to find some of the spots where movies, such as Gunga Din, How the West was Won, Rawhide(movie not tv show), etc.
Hopalong Cassidy posters (30 of his 66 movies were filmed here)and John Wayne's The Shootist outfit are on display.
The Alabama Hills are also the setting for films set in India,the Gobi Desert, various parts of Arabia and Africa for two Tarzan films. A few of the Star Trek movies, Tremors, and Gladiators also used these hills as background. Other more current movies filmed here are Iron Man and Django Unchained.
We really are enjoying this area. I have also enjoyed some time each afternoon sitting out at the back of our motorhome in a nice shaded spot(from the heat which is in the 90's) doing some reading with the sound of the stream as background. Lovely!