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Vasquez Rocks in southern California

Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is a county park in Agua Dulce, California, roughly 30 miles north of Los Angeles. The area has been used in the filming of numerous Star Trek productions, including at least eight television episodes and two movies.



The familiar jagged rock face from "Arena", where Captain Kirk fought the Gorn

Vasquez Rocks is named after notorious bandit Tiburcio Vásquez, who used the rocky region to elude capture from California law enforcement in 1873 and 1874. On the television series Stories of the Century, Vasquez was portrayed by Anthony Caruso. Since 1928, nearly two hundred other film and television productions have been shot at Vasquez Rocks, including many westerns. The park was acquired by Los Angeles County in 1970.

Classic television shows such as Gunsmoke, Maverick, Bonanza, The Wild Wild West, and Kung Fu have all utilized Vasquez Rocks for filming, as have more contemporary hit shows like Airwolf, Alien Nation, Sliders, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Roswell, 24 and CSI.

Films that have been shot at the region include the 1931 classic Dracula, Mel Brooks' 1974 western comedy Blazing Saddles, the cult 1993 horror film Army of Darkness, the hit 1997 comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Tim Burton's 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, and Nick Cassavetes' 2006 drama Alpha Dog.

Director J.J. Abrams shot the Vulcan scenes of 2009's Star Trek at Vasquez Rocks as an homage to its use in previous Trek productions. [1]

Appearances in Star Trek

Other related appearances

  • Spoofs
    • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
    • Free Enterprise
    • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
    • Paul
    • Brandeis-Bardin institute's House of the Book, digitally edited atop, to create the command center/Power Chamber for the first 5 seasons of The "Power Rangers"
    • The Big Bang Theory, Episode 6x13: "The Bakersfield Epidition".


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