Vasquez Rocks has amazing rock formations and lots of places to explore. You will enjoy the scenic views all around, and the incredible photo spots. This location is also very popular in the movie industry, used in films such as Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, and more.

This is a Natural Park Area located in Santa Clarita, within the Sierra Pelona Mountains. It features amazing diagonal rock formations, created because of the force between two tectonic plates pushing against each other.

This place is a photographer's paradise, and every spot in this 900+ acre land has a different look. Vasquez Rocks is also known for the locations' appearance in several famous movies like Star Trek, The Flintstones, Wild Wild West, Austin Powers, Planet of the Apes and many more.

You will surely enjoy spending a day here. There was so much to see, and so many rocks to climb. They have some hiking trails within the location too, if you want to get your steps in, but I recommend this for family trips where you have kids that want to play around and explore, and have adults that just want to kick back and relax.

Pack List

  • Day pack
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking shoes
  • Cap/Hat
  • Snacks/Picnic (Picnic tables are available)
  • Camera
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Scenic

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No Matter How Many Times I Go, I Love It

I had chosen Vasquez Rocks as the center piece for a project I had to do for my college art class. Taking every trail available and photographing everything I found interesting about the park. I ended my trip by climbing "Kirk's Rock" the largest rock formation in the park; the view was amazingly nostalgic. I recommend this park for anyone.

A Classic Day Outing

Been here many times, be advised best time is October-April/may other times = 90+ temps and no water (maybe new visitor center has faucets but haven't been there yet) Open trails amble throughout the geologic formations (you'll recognize many from TV and Movies) has lots of desert animals, snakes, lizards and ubiquitous Red Tail Hawks and Crows. Winter does bring seasonal seeps and drain ages down to the south by PCT and the big freeway. Has bouldering, day hike and nature observing opportunities.

I could spend hours here!

Whenever I go to Vasquez Rocks, I never really stick to a trail as there is so much land to cover and rocks to climb. If you are looking for some solitude, make sure you meander away from the epicenter of the park!


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