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Vasquez Rocks

Vasquez Rocks located in the high desert near Agua Dulce Springs, features 932 acres of spectacular rock formations, and a seasonal stream. The rocks’ history began in prehistoric times when the sandstone rocks were uplifted at a picturesque angle, showing their jagged red features. In 1874 Tiburcio Vasquez, one of California’s most notorious bandits, used these rocks to elude capture by law enforcement until 1874 when Sheriff William Rowland received information of his whereabouts, collected a posse, and tracked Vasquez until his capture in the Arroyo Seco area of Los Angeles. Vasquez’ name has since been associated with this geologic feature. The park is a popular hiking, picnicking, and equestrian area and has been used in many hit movies (like Star Trek, One Million BC), television shows (like 24, The Big Bang Theory, Bonanza)and numerous commercials.

Today, Vasquez Rocks is a part of the Los Angeles County Parks system and is patrolled by LASD’s Parks Bureau Deputies.

To learn more about Vasquez Rocks and the different things La County residents can do there, please visit: http://parks.lacounty.gov/vasquez-rocks-natural-area-and-nature-center/#