Vásquez Rocks

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I’m Ready for my Close-up, Mr. DeMille

On our last day in Hesperia, one of the things we decided to do was visit a lighthouse down in San Pedro.  By the time we left it was rush hour, so we took an alternate route home, in the forlorn hope of avoiding as much traffic as we could.

We ended up driving past Vásquez Rocks, so we stopped in for a brief visit.  I would have liked more time.

This area is a county park in Agua Dulce, between Antelope Valley and Santa Clarita Valley.  Vasquez Rocks is named for the last great California bandit, Tiburcio Vásquez.  The area was one of his hideouts.

In 1852, Vásquez was present at the slaying of Constable William Hardmount in a fight with Vásquez’s cousin at a fandango. Vásquez denied any involvement, but fearing arrest, he became an outlaw. Vásquez would later claim his crimes were the result of discrimination by the norteamericanos and insist that he was a defender of Mexican-American rights.

Looking at the scenery, you may experience a touch of déjà vu.  Probably that is because you have actually seen this place before.

Approaching the Area

Almost Tasting the Sweetwater

Top of the Rocks

Look of Fame

The locale was a costar in many a Star Trek episode.

The Gorn:



Shore Leave

Elean, the pregnant wife of the Teer, played by Julie Newmar

Friday’s Child

Lazurus, played by Robert Brown because John Drew Barrymore, who was supposed to have the part, failed to show up for work:

The Alternative Factor

The Mintakans:

Who Watches the Watchers

Picard and Dathon at El Adrel:



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  1. Very cool.

    I`ve been by there many times on the 14 Hwy.

    I`ve stopped in a few times also.

    We were taking pictures of me holding up the rocks like they do with the tower of Pizza.

    They probably filmed hundreds of westerns there for TV

  2. was filmed in this area in 1971, entitled, “Duel.”

    Here is the trailer…

  3. … to Roswell, NM.  Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

    However, the McGuffin of the entire series was apparently stored at the top of the signature outcropping, so it shows up again and again during the course of that series (and many, many more).

    Almost as popular as this house:

    Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House

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