Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park Los Angeles
Vasquez Rocks are located north of Los Angeles in the Santa Clarita Valley. If you have every watched and Star Trek television show or movie you have see Vasquez Rocks. Captain Kirk has fought many alien creatures on these spectacular rock formations. Vasquez Rocks was named after the outlaw, Tiburcio Vasquez, who used the caves as a hideout. Since the days of silent movies the rocks have been a favorite place to shoot westerns and science fictions productions. Today the park is still used as a location for movies but most of the time you can find visitors climbing over the rocks and enjoying the spectacular scenery. There are a couple of picnic tables, a few trails to hike and of course the rocks. It can be windy here and the dust really kicks up so bring plenty of water and some good hiking shoes.
From Los Angeles, take the I-5 northbound to the Antelope Valley Freeway (14 east). Drive about 25 minutes, exit right at Agua Dulce Canyon Road and turn left. You will drive under the freeway and across the Sierra Pacific Railroad and wind uphill until you reach Escondido Canyon Road. Make a right turn and you will see the park off to your right.
Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park
10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road,