Santa Clarita, California: Star Trek Gorn Battle Rocks - Vasquez Rocks

Familiar craggy location for the original Star Trek "Gorn" episode, and Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey in tribute years later. It was also used as Vulcan on the Star Trek movie reboot.

Vasquez Rocks County Park

10700 Escondido Canyon Rd, Santa Clarita, CA
Vasquez Rocks County Park. From Los Angeles, I-5 northbound to 14 east (Antelope Valley Freeway) about 25 miles, exit right onto Agua Dulce Canyon Road. Once off 14, turn left, drive under the highway and across the Sierra Pacific Railroad. Watch for Vasquez Rock Park signs, Escondido Canyon Road.
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Star Trek Gorn Battle Rocks - Vasquez Rocks

If you're in a hurry and don't have time to stop, the Vasquez Rocks can easily be seen on the west side of Highway 14, which runs between Santa Clarita and Palmdale.

[BR, 10/07/2011]
Star Trek Gorn Battle Rocks - Vasquez Rocks

In the early 1990s, we were able to tour the set of the Flintstones movie at this site.

[Annette Carter, 04/13/2010]
Star Trek Gorn Battle Rocks - Vasquez Rocks

This was also a hideout in the 1870's for the infamous California outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez...hence the name of the rocks!

[Alan Pollack, 01/31/2010]

Gorn Battle Rocks.

Vasquez Rocks - Where the Gorn Battles Kirk

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is 905 acres of unique geological rock formations along Escondido Canyon Road in Agua Dulce and is a part of the San Andreas fault line. Vasquez Rocks has been the location of numerous movie sets, television programs, music videos, and a famous bandit's hideout. The notorious bandit Tiburcio Vasquez hid out amongst the rocks from 1873 and 1874 to escape capture by law enforcement.

The rocks became a part of the National Register of Historic Places (site #72000228) in 1972 due to its significance as a prehistoric site for the Shoshonean and Tataviam peoples.

[Kim, 10/15/2009]

Vasquez Rocks.

Star Trek Gorn Battle Rocks

Meg and Marisa --'s unofficial rock formation testers -- battled for balance during a recent family visit to Vasquez Rocks Park, northeast of LA. They could hardly have known (or cared) that on this same craggy outcropping, Captain James T. Kirk battled the vile Gorn commander in the "Arena" episode of the original Star Trek TV series. The telegenic rocks have also appeared in Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, Austin Powers, the Flintstones movies, etc.

[Jay Kirby, 03/06/2004]

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