County Parks - Vasquez Rocks Natural Area
In 2013 LA County Parks completed the state-of-the-art Interpretive Center at Vasquez Rocks. Visitors will find information on Hollywood's filming,
reptile exhibits, geological information and more.
Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center received the Platinum (highest level) of certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in the LEED Green Building
Rating system in 2013.] Take a peek inside the Interpretive Center here.
Modern restrooms are available when the Interpretive Center is open. Portable toilets are available when the Interpretive Center is closed.
We spend a lot of time answering the questions, "Do we need a permit to film at Vasquez Rocks?" or "Can I just show up and film at Vasquez Rocks?"
The answers are "yes" and "no."
For more information, please contact the Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center office at 661-268-0840.
Another question we receive quite often is, "May I hold my wedding at Vasquez Rocks?" The answer is "yes" for small (40 people or less) ceremonies only.
Receptions are not permitted.
About the Park
If you only have time to visit one park in Santa Clarita, this is where you should go. And if you live in the SCV, this is probably one of your
It is easy to access, and the spectacular rock formations are easy to climb and are a favorite to photograph. In the cool months (October - May),
the rangers offer guided hikes and animal presentations. See our Calendar of Events
for exact dates and times.
And don't be surprised if you experience a little deja veux, because Vasquez Rocks has been the location of numerous television programs,
music videos, and feature films--dating back to the silent film days.
Star parties, organized by The Local Group, offer visitors an opportunity to see the constellations. It's great fun! Check out the above link for
Please note: The weather can be completely different at Vasquez Rocks from the Santa Clarita Valley. Special events will be cancelled for inclement
weather, so do call before heading to the park to avoid disappointment.
Organized by The Local Group,
are offered quarterly.
Easter Sunrise Service
This is an extremely popular event, so it is recommended that you arrive 45 minutes early. Public service begins promptly at 5:15 am and the limited
chairs fill up early, so bring a chair or blanket. The re-enactment of the resurrection is timed to coincide with sunrise. Family Community Church of Agua Dulce, Christian Church of Agua Dulce,
Living Springs Four-square Church and Acton Faith Bible Church host this annual event. The dramatic presentation includes more than 60 costumed
actors. Dress warmly, and if you plan to use the chairs provided, bring towels to mop up the chairs from the morning dew.
Organized by local churches
PLEASE BE CAREFUL
Because of the gradual incline, it is easy to feel safe climbing the huge rocks at Vasquez, which reach 150 feet in height. Respect the dangers
and keep your children away from the edges when climbing.
Among other animals, there is a mountain lion that roams the area--although he is not often seen. Visit our Wildlife page on the link above to
learn more about the wildlife in our area and how to handle encounters.
SNAKES AND OTHER CRAWLING CREATURES
When the weather is warm (usually in May through October), the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake can be found in the park. The more dangerous Green Mojave
is said to be moving into the area.
At the link above, learn more about what kind of creepy crawlies you might come across at Vasquez Rocks, how to avoid them, and what to do if bitten.
Snake bites are rare at Vasquez Rocks, but if bitten, don't panic; it is important to keep your heart rate slow. Please note that the only emergency
center with anti-venin in the Santa Clarita Valley is Henry Mayo Hospital.
Cell phone coverage at Vasquez Rocks is spotty. In an emergency from your cell phone, dial 661-255-1121. If your phone is equipped with GPS technology,
you may dial 911.
GEOLOGY OF VASQUEZ ROCKS
Mike Ballard has done an excellent job explaining the geology of Vasquez Rocks on his website, Southern California Regional Rocks & Roads.
Explore Mike's website for historical and geological information on the entire Santa Clarita Valley.
HISTORY OF VASQUEZ ROCKS
Leon Worden, local historian, has compiled ooldes of information on the historical significance of Vasquez Rocks and other areas in the SCV on his
website, Santa Clarita Valley History in Pictures.
FILMING HISTORY AT VASQUEZ ROCKS
Wikipedia provides a rather lengthy list of motion pictures, television shows, and videos filmed at Vasquez Rocks.
Updated September 16, 2017