According to The Book of Mormon, a group of refugees from the land of Lehi-Nephi paused in this valley long enough to pitch their tents (probably one night). They gave to the valley the name of their leader, Alma, a former priest of king Noah.

Alma had been teaching and baptizing in the waters of Mormon, when they learned that the army of king Noah was on its way. They fled into the wilderness. After traveling all day, they came to this valley and probably stayed the night (Mosiah 24:20). From there they traveled in the wilderness for twelve days until they reached the land of Zarahemla. (Mosiah 24:24-25)

References are from The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, translated by Joseph Smith, Jr.
(Salt Lake City, Utah: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1981 [first edition, 1830]).

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