Living in the Los Angeles area, as you might imagine, there are filming locations EVERYWHERE. I’ve seen film crews at a local church, a hospital that’s no longer in use, at our school, parks, and even houses around the neighborhood. It’s always a little exciting – especially when you get to see some filming “in action.”
However, there are a few iconic locations that have been used in lots of tv and movies that you get to recognize by sight. One of those places is Vasquez Rocks. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, or if you’ve heard the name but don’t know where you’ve seen it, I’ll refresh your memory.
Here’s a good list to start with.
What you might know them best from is some Star Trek.
In the episode “Arena” Captain Kirk fights the Gorn.
It was also used in “Star Trek” the 2009 movie as Vulcan (with some added rocks for effect).
It was also used in this movie…
So, we decided to take a Trek out to the rocks yesterday. Do some hiking. Soak in some local color and California and Hollywood History.
Before heading out to eat, we checked out their information center, where they had some local animals.
If you live in the L.A. area and like hiking and movie history, I say go check it out. It’s only about 45 minutes to an hour outside Los Angeles and is pretty easy hiking and great photo opportunities. There are clean restrooms at the center, but you need to bring your own water to drink. It’s a great, FREE way to enjoy some of the industry’s rich history.