Vasquez Rocks Natural Area

  • 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road
  • Agua Dulce, CA 91390

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 park is a popular hiking, picnicking, and equestrian area. The park has huge and unique rock formations and has close proximity to LA. It is named after Tiburco Vasquez, a Mexican bandit leader who used it as a hiding place during the 19th century. The place is huge – about 500 acres – and has been used by Hollywood to film countless TV shows and films, including Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Star Trek episodes. There are about 30 marked climbs, due to the huge formations of rock and the size of the park. The park service that runs it requires you to get a permit for groups of more than ten and climbing is allowed only in designated areas. Vasquez Rocks is a Los Angeles County Park, about 40 miles north of Los Angeles between the San Fernando Valley and Palmdale. To get there, take the I-5 to the CA-14 North towards Lancaster. Exit on Agua Dulce Canyon Rd. and turn left and continue until it turns into Escondido Canyon Rd. From there, follow the signs to Vasquez Rocks.