Many assume that all the fake Moon stills and video were shot in a remote studio in the Nevada desert, this however is untrue. Both video and still shots were taken at many different places, and the actual video's were indeed shot in remote locations many years before the actual mission dates. One of the places chosen by NASA and the USGS, was Chezhin Chotah in the Hopi Butte volcanic field. The USGS (United States Geological Society) were heavily involved in assisting NASA to perfect the fake Moon scenario's, after all they were being funded by none other than NASA. As previously explained, the planning and preparation of faking the Moon missions began way back in the early 1960's, it was not something which NASA suddenly decided to do prior to the Apollo 8 mission.
There were 8 simulated tests known as AAP Test 1 to AAP Test 8. AAP stands for Apollo Application Program. The picture shown shown below is just such a test. Note that astronauts are suited up for the simulation. The live audio, and video was then transmitted by narrow beam microwave link to the ADF (Astronauts Data Facility), at 4th Street, East Flagstaff, over 85 miles away.
Microwave link was used so that no one could intercept the communication, had they used radio wave link, there was the possibility that someone might eavesdrop on the conversations. In this area of the Hopi Buttes, there is a considerable amount of petrified wood from age old trees. Now we know where the astronauts got the petrified wood which they gave to the Dutch Prime Minister, and then told him it was genuine Moon rock. Note the crew are congregating around a large boulder shown just below center of photograph, whilst monitoring crew are out of sight, filming in top left hand corner.
Security around the area was, as to be expected, very tight. NASA needed to be 100% certain that no one would stumble upon their fakery. This was achieved in various ways. A helicopter hovered above the area on the lookout for any vehicle which may possibly enter the area. If any vehicle was seen that posed a threat, a signal was sent to the 'trespass vehicle nearest the threat' which would then intercept the approaching individuals, and turn them away.