Friday, March 4, 2011

Vasquez ROCKS! ... at Agua Dolce



We pass these rocks formations on the way to the soaring field right off of Hwy 14, and finally decided to stop for a closer look.
"This 932-acre park located in the high desert near Agua Dulce Springs and features spectacular rock formations, Tataviam Indian sites, and a seasonal stream. The rocks’ history began in prehistoric times when the sandstone rocks were uplifted at a picturesque angle, showing their jagged red features. In 1874 Tiburcio Vasquez, 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. Among the many films and television show to feature Vasquez Rocks are the “The Lone Ranger”, “Zorro”, “Little Miss Sunshine”, “Bonanza”, “Blazing Saddles”, “Star Trek”, “24”, “The Six Million Dollar Man”, “MacGyver”, “Austin Powers”, Star Trek 11, Numbers and “The Flintstones”. " (Source:  LA County Parks - Vasquez Rocks Natural Area)

15 comments:

brattcat said...

such big rocks, how they dwarf the people scaling them.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

oh my gawd - you'd never get me up there.

Cezar and Léia said...

This place is an adventure, fantastic rocks and I think it's a paradise for climbers!
Léia

Pasadena Adjacent said...

fabulous isn't it? Mr V and myself love hiking the rocks. Try it sometime in the golden hour. You can park outside the park.

Petrea said...

I love Vasquez Rocks. Great history there, and great beauty. J & I like to take a picnic. Of course: pack out what you pack in.

Linda said...

Some of my favourite TV shows here! I'm assuming that the Star Trek era was the films rather than the original TV series - these rocks don't look like cardboard.

Kate said...

Amazing formations, and the sightseers are moe agile and braver than I. That's quite a movie credit, too.

TheChieftess said...

Love the top shot!!! We have friends who live out there and ride their horses around Vasquez Rocks...

Bibi said...

These are cool. I would have climbed them as well.

Babzy said...

beautiful rocks !! :)

Almost Precious said...

Matter-of-fact I saw this formation just last night on the SyFy channel as they showed the movie "Star Trek Generations", but I also recall that in one of the old original Star Trek series, Capt. Kirk was filmed in that same area. He was trying to evade the captain of an enemy starship, who was a hostile and murderous reptilian creature. Kirk ends up remembering how to make gunpowder from naturally occurring elements and knocks the alien unconscious but, being the good guy that Kirk is, he refuses to kill his opponent.

Those are some pretty famous rocks to have mingled with so many Hollywood stars.
They really are a work of art crafted by nature and God, truly awesome!

jeannette said...

Know where hwy 15 is, so 14 can't be far from it:) Jikes, very sharp edges -thanks for the history!

Cafe Pasadena said...

Wunderful Great shots of the rocks!

And it looks like you've given up on the Daily photo gig & are now concentrating on simply quality over quantity.

Keith said...

Just went recently myself. Beautiful and unique place. Wouldn't want to be there mid-summer though.

Ezra Aghai said...

wawww