Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, Los Angeles, California

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is a 932-acre park located in the Sierra Pelona Mountains, in northern Los Angeles County, California.
It is in Agua Dulce between the Antelope Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley north of Los Angeles and seen easily by motorists driving the Antelope Valley Freeway (CA 14).

The rock formations were formed by rapid erosion during uplift about 25 million years ago and later exposed by activity along the San Andreas Fault.
In 1873 and 1874 Tiburcio Vásquez, one of California's most notorious bandits, used these rocks to elude capture by law enforcement. His name has since been associated with this geologic feature.

The prominent rock formation has been nicknamed "Kirk's Rock" due to being featured in several Star Trek episodes, each time representing a different planet.
So if you are in Los Angeles area, it might be rather easy.. to boldly go where no man has gone before.

More recently these were in news again after The Big Bang Theory episode.








































31 comments:

  1. Oh wow it is other worldly, I like the pictures of the diverse collection of people there too. Gotta love people watching :)

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    1. You will never get bored here for sure .. :)

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  2. This looks amazing. It reminds me of Joshua Tree. I've never been before but the images look similar. I'll definitely add this location as a place to visit while in Cali.

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    1. Yes this is an amazing place and not many people know about it. Joshua Tree is another great National Park

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  3. Great photos. Makes you feel like you're really there. I've just added this to my list.

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  4. I have seen this so many times and have not once been up there to hike it! That is so cool! I loved all the pictures and details! Now I know where we need to go next time we are in the area!

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  5. Wow... awesome pictures! I like that place, looks like the grand canion...

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    1. It's a great place for a day trip and it's kind of hidden and not too much of a crowd.

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  6. Everytime I hear "Vasquez Rocks" all I can think of is Star Trek and the more recent The Big Bang Theory episode. I love your photos. They are spectacular.

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    1. Yeah very recently I learned about Big Bang theory shoot there .. it's becoming popular I guess :)

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  7. Awesome location for photo shoots. I like the giant rocks, and the guy laying at the peak of the rock looks fab, haha.

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    1. Yeah it needs some level of courage to do that :)

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  8. Wow, what an amazing place to see these unique rock formations. We have nothing like that here. I love how artistic and unreal it looks.

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  9. Can you imagine living in that house on the cliff/rock formation? Seems like it would be an interesting commute!

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  10. Wow!! Those rock formations look marvelous and I bet they look better up close!! It looks similar to the Grand canyon, which I will be visiting next week!!

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    1. Yeah these are great for a day trip from LA but Grand Canyon National Park is just totally different feel and perspective

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  11. sorry for my language but Damn !! This is so scary and so beautiful at the same time WOAH

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  12. The rock formation looks terrific. The natural wonders always intrigue us. We hope to visit this place someday. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. It looks cool and certainly fun to get to the "edge" and the "top" of the rock formations, but I'm still figuring out how you've manage to get there? Can it be done just by climbing? Is it safe?

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    1. Yeah there were many folks just climbing up but of course one has to be careful and there was a cop car too so I am assuming it was safe and legal :)

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  14. great photos, I especially like the photos that show the earth in contrast to the beautiful blue sky... I hope I can go visit there some day, looks like an experience to remember!

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    1. Thanks !! and hope you get to make this trip.

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  15. What amazing photography! Travel photography, especially landscapes are one of my most favorite forms of photos to look at. Great work!

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  16. Looks like a great place to have a fun day out, make a contest on who is able to climb that almost vertical rock first. I like the pictures with the parking lot, it seems to strange to see cars between bushes and rocks. It's like a playground.

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  17. The views from the top must have been amazing! I love mountains and love taking pictures of them, we don't have too many in Florida so we have to take advantage of them when we are out of state. Love all your pics!

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