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Owens Valley & The Alabama Hills

Hollywood’s “Western backlot”, located just west of Lone Pine, CA has been home to Classics such as Gunga Din, Yellow Sky, The Violent Men, have been filmed here. Owens Valley is located along Highway 395 and is surrounded by Inyo National Forest – the White Mountains to the east, and Sierra Nevada to the west. This is the home of John Wayne classics such as 3 Godfathers, The Oregon Trail to Will Roger’s Water, Water Everywhere, to today’s pop culture favorites like Gladiator, Star Trek V,  Kalifornia and Iron Man have all been filmed here.

Filming in Inyo County

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Jesse Steele, Inyo County Film Commissioner

Jesse Steele

Located within 3 hours from Hollywood

Encompassing more than 10,000 square miles, Inyo County features an epic landscape of unparalleled variety, natural wonders and stunning vistas, recreational opportunities, cultural amenities, and rich indigenous, pioneer, mining, water, and movie-making histories.

 Located fewer than three hours from Los Angeles, the epicenter of the entertainment universe, Inyo County has for decades provided the ideal locations for hundreds of motion pictures, television shows, commercials, music videos, and print advertisements, as well as countless amateur endeavors similar in nature. The County’s film-friendly legacy – dating back to the 1920s – and popularity with the film industry long ago earned it the nickname “Hollywood’s backlot.”  Often synonymous with Westerns, Inyo County has been the home away from home for some of the genre’s biggest names, including Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, John Ford, Clint Eastwood, Jack Palance, Randolph Scott, Sam Peckinpah, and John Wayne. Gregory Peck, Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Ida Lupino, Alan Ladd, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon, and Natalie Wood have also graced the camera-ready landscape of Inyo County, including the Alabama Hills, Owens Valley, the Sierra Nevada, and Death Valley. 

The county has also served as the setting for non­Western blockbusters including Gunga Din, High Sierra, Tremors, Star Trek V and Star Trek Generations, Gladiator, Iron Man, and Django Unchained, and welcomed such stars as Brad Pitt, Kevin Bacon, Robert Downey Jr., Russell Crowe, and Jamie Foxx … to name a few. 

Jesse Steele is your “one-stop shop” for production companies’ needs.