Los Angeles, California: Bronson Caves - Batman's Bat CaveCave convenient to Hollywood that's been used as a location in a million movies and TV shows, including Batman and the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
- 2960 Canyon Dr., Los Angeles, CA
- From Hollywood Boulevard, turn north up Canyon Drive or Bronson Avenue (which merges with Canyon Drive later). Take Canyon Drive up north, through the gates into Griffith Park, to where the road seems to end, then park and prepare for a short hike. The trail to the caves begins at the very end of Canyon drive. When you leave the gravel parking lot, take the trail to the right. Do not hike more than 1/4 mile. When trail forks, go left.
- Daylight hours. Sept. 2012: path reported thru Oct. 2012.
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- Worth a Detour
Visitor Tips and News About Bronson Caves - Batman's Bat Cave
I read warnings of "unsavory types" at the cave -- it's a fine family place during the day. No worries. Coolest cave in the world to my 3 and 4 year olds, and I liked it too. The short "hike" is too much for a normal stroller, but super easy to my 3 and 4 year olds.[Junkyard Sam, 06/28/2012]
In regards to the tip on Bronson Caves in the Los Angeles hills, while they are a fun stop, caution should be exercised in the area as police patrols are spotty at best and the caves have become a hangout for less than savory people.[Dave, 07/13/2006]
Bronson Caves are used by student film makers as well as professional studios. They are a "secret" tucked away in the hills above Hollywood. They were used in low budget horror-monster movies made in the 50's and 60's, and are still used today.
The Bronson caves were man-made, probably in 1900, when the area was a rock quarry. Some say the caves themselves were created especially for the 1922 silent version of "Robin Hood" with Douglas Fairbanks. They have since been used in countless movies and TV series. They were seen as the 'Bat Cave' in the classic "Batman" TV series, as well as in "Bonanza," "Star Trek: Voyager," "Fantasy Island," "Little House on the Prairie," "The Lone Ranger," "Gunsmoke" and the "Wild Wild West". Usen in movies such as 2002's "The Scorpion King," "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," "Lost Horizon" and the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
From the caves there is a great view of the famous HOLLYWOOD sign.[Bogart Hawley, 03/29/2006]
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