One location arguably known more for the sum of films in which it’s been featured, more so than any one particular film, is Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce, California. Formed by rapid erosion during uplift about 25 million years ago, the rock formations were later exposed by activity along the San Andreas Fault. The unique look of the rocks, combined with it’s reasonable proximity to Hollywood, made Vasquez Rocks a frequent filming spot for motion pictures, serving as anything from desert terrain to foreign countries to alien planets. Films which shot scenes at Vasquez Rocks include “Dante’s Peak,” “Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back,” “Hail, Caesar!,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Paul,” “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” and dozens more. Television shows which featured Vasquez Rocks in episodes include “The Fugutive,” “The A-Team,” “MacGuyver” and perhaps most famous of all, the original “Star Trek” series, where the rocks were seen in numerous episodes, serving as multiple different planets. The rocks have also been seen in music videos for Michael Jackson, 311 and many more, as well as countless commercials.
The rocks are part of a Natural Area Park and open to the public from sunrise to sunset. They receive a steady amount of visitors, many of whom attempt to climb the steep rocks, which are larger than they might appear in the photograph.
LOCATION: 10700 Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, CA 91350