Finally, We Stopped at Vasquez Rocks

If you live in Los Angeles and you take road trips, you’ve definitely seen Vasquez Rocks.

It’s the place you see as you drop back into the the Los Angeles basin after coming back from anywhere in Eastern Sierras or Death Valley. As we found out though, we’re not alone in consistently not finding the time to stop and check it out from a closer vantage point than the highway. Los Adventures decided it was finally time to explore the park and take some pictures of the rock formations.

On Geology And Bandits

Like Joshua Tree’s Hidden Valley, the area got its name from its wild west days, when one California’s most famous bandits, Tiburcio Vasquez, used the rock formations to elude law enforcement. It’s easy to see how effective a strategy that was when walking through Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park. The sandstone ridges extend out of the earth at all angles and heights, and with few marked trails, getting lost is easy. However, if you do lose your way, scan the horizon for the largest and most recognizable formation, the “Famous Rocks”, to reorient yourself. You won’t miss ’em.

The sandstone ridges extend out of the earth at all angles and heights, and with few marked trails, getting lost is easy.

Without traffic, Vasquez Rocks is only a 35 minute drive from downtown Los Angeles. So really, there is no need to stop here on the way back from a long weekend. Instead, pick a day, fill a picnic basket and set off to Vasquez Rocks. ▲

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