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Get Out Of Town!: Vasquez Rocks

Located off the 14 Freeway, northeast of Santa Clarita, Vasquez Rocks has been a popular backdrop for many film and television shows since the 1930s, including Star Trek, Bonanza, Blazing Saddles, Outer Limits, Dante’s Peak, A-Team and many, many more.

The iconic rock formations were created by rapid erosion and uplift activity along the San Andreas Fault millions of years ago. They continue to be a popular destination for tourists and hikers, including those traversing the Pacific Crest Trail which runs adjacent to the rocks.

The backdrop for many popular films and television shows, Vasquez Rocks is also popular with visitors on a daily basis. (Photo By Lisa Paredes)

The Vasquez Rocks Natural Area and Nature Center, located at 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce, is about 45 minutes drive from Santa Clarita. Without traffic, the drive takes about one hour and twenty minutes from Burbank.

The Nature Center has restrooms, water and staffers on hand with maps and information, along with educational displays on the history and geography of the area. The Shoshone and Tataviam indigenous peoples lived at the site. Petroglyphs dating from their time are still visible on some of the rocks in the area.

According to their website, the park is open from sunrise to sunset and the Nature Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. between September 16 and March 9 and until 7:00 p.m. May 1 to September 15.

Parking is available at the Nature Center. People may also drive right up to the rocks and park next to them. Often visitors enjoy climbing on the rocks. Lots of easy, flat hikes through the scrub desert surrounding the rocks are possible.

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

There is no shade and no drinking water available except inside the Nature Center during business hours. Temperatures can get very hot throughout most of the year, so sunscreen and water are essential.

Whether you want to reminisce about Captain Kirk’s battle with the Gorn in the “Arena” or just enjoy some cool looking rocks and desert environment, Vasquez Rocks are definitely a fun and scenic way to Get Out of Town!

Editor’s Note: While there’s always a lot going on in Burbank, myBurbank’s “Get Out Of Town!” highlights some of our favorite activities and events outside the town borders.

(Photo By Lisa Paredes)

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Burbank, Birthplace of the Starship Enterprise

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Attention all Star Trek fans. I have a question for you.

I consider it the ultimate TREK TRIVIA. You know its designation  NCC-1701, you have a set of the technical drawings, you have a model hanging from your ceiling, (or in the garage where the wife lets you hang it) and you have the entire Bridge committed to memory, BUT do you know where the very first Enterprise was Built??

Drum Roll!

Why in Burbank of Course! Right next to the Providencia Motel just below San Fernando Rd. You can see the roll out in the above picture.

Here is one more reason to be proud that you live in Burbank original home of the USS Enterprise.

FYI the model is on display in the Smithsonian, if you are back that way stop in and have a selfie taken to send back home to your friends, family and fellow Fans!

To learn more visit HERE

    In 1968, Caltech Students rallied at NBC in Burbank to bring Star Trek back another season

In 1968, Caltech Students rallied at NBC in Burbank to bring Star Trek back another season

 

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lost-in-burbank-book-coverSlowly fading with the city’s ever-changing landscape, the places and people of Burbank’s past tell a vibrant story. Before the arrival of Warner Bros. and Walt Disney, First National Pictures built  its original studio lot on Olive Ave in 1926. For over sixty years, Lockheed Aircraft Company produced some of the nation’s best airplanes where the massive Empire Shopping Center now stands. Heavyweight champion James Jeffries turned his Burbank ranch home and barn into a beloved landmark and boxing venue. Inventor Joseph Wesley Fawkes’s scheme to build a monorail to Los Angeles became a local laughingstock.  Diehard Burbankers Wes Clark and Michael Mc Daniel collect these and many more forgotten local stories where they can finally be found. 

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The authors will be doing a Multi Media presentation and book signing at the Buena Vista Library on November 30th at 7 pm. They will have a signing event at the AUTOBOOKS store on Magnolia Saturday December 3 From 10 am to 2 pm.