12.19 A Morning at Vasquez Rocks

Today I just wanted to share some photos that I took during our little morning trip to the Vasquez Rocks to hike with the pups! We were dog-sitting Banjo for the weekend, and whenever we dog sit, we like to take him on adventures … I like to think it helps him not be so “homesick” for his parents, but maybe that’s just me 😉

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The Vasquez Rocks area is a 932-acre Natural Area Park in northern LA County. The fact that it’s actually in LA County is crazy because 1) it feels like a completely separate world, and 2) it puts into perspective just how vast LA County really is. The area sits pretty close to the San Andreas Fault line, which has attributed to the unique rock formations you’ll see if you pay the area a visit.

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If the name “Vasquez Rocks” sounds familiar to you, you’re probably a big movie buff! A lot of big name films have shot scenes out there because of the rad rock formations. Most notably is Star Trek! You can also catch it in The Flinstones, an episode of The Big Bang Theory, Blazing Saddles, Hail Caesar, and on the cover of The Village People’s Cruisin’ album, among others!



The park offers a ton of different trails for all levels of hiking, as well as horseback riding, and is open from sun-up to sun-down. There are plenty of rock faces available for rock climbing, and lots of picnic tables set up in the front of the park for picnics and events. We parked in the main lot and hiked about 5 miles with the dogs before sitting down at one of the tables to eat our packed lunch. (*NOTE that horses are allowed on trails so if your dog is easily spooked by large animals, this may not be the best choice to take your pooch with you). It was really a wonderful little morning, and when it was all said and done, it only took us about 45 minutes driving each way! The geography of the area is just so different, that, even though you don’t have to travel far, it feels like you’re a long way from home!

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I’m really enjoying this little #SUNDAYFUNDAY tradition we have going on over here. Exploring new areas in your own backyard is something I think a lot of us don’t take advantage of enough … I’m hoping that this is something we can carry with us into the New Year!


Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos! Go explore!


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