A Stroll Through Vasquez Rocks State Park

Recently, our caretaker, Glenn Malapit, drove Dad and me to Vasquez State Park.  In the old days, you could see this strange collection of rocky ledges from the Sierra Hwy.  But the Antelope Valley Fwy. is well to the east of the rocks, so you must drive a ways on Agua Dulce Canyon Road and Escondido Canyon Road before you get your first glimpse of this unusual collection of rock formations.  These formations were used in old westerns, and more currently, Star Trek.  The parking lot is on a gravel road with several stones of its own that need to be negotiated before your stroll begins.  But, perhaps, a few words of the history of this Park are in order.

Erosion and movement along the Elk Horn Fault are responsible for the shale-basalt slabs of today.  The slabs are part of the Soledad Basin, which formed over time from thousands of feet of sediment.

Native Americans lived here for almost 2000 years, beginning with 200 B.C.  However, they were eliminated by diseases carried by the Spanish.  Tiburcio Vasquez and his bandits brought life back to the Basin.  Eventually, after a lucrative career, he was caught and executed, but the Park remains as a reminder of his reckless life.

What follows below are some photos of our trip to Vasquez Rocks State Park.

One of Vasquez's Rocks

One of Vasquez’s Rocks

Vasquez Rocks

Vasquez Rocks

A small valley in Vasquez Rocks

A small valley in Vasquez Rocks

standing in front of Vasquez Rocks

standing in front of Vasquez Rocks

A stratified ledge in Vasquez Rocks

A stratified ledge in Vasquez Rocks

Me, enjoying the beauty of Vasquez Rocks

Me, enjoying the beauty of Vasquez Rocks

One of the hollows at Vasquez Rocks

One of the hollows at Vasquez Rocks

A stratified edge of Vasquez Rocks

A stratified edge of Vasquez Rocks

Dad and I in front of the Rocks.

Dad at 92 and I in front of the Rocks.

The same as above photo.

The same as above photo.

the base one of Vasquez Rocks

the base of one of Vasquez Rocks with spring flowers

A vision of hardened sediment

A vision of hardened sediment

One of the sharp edges of Vasquez Rocks

One of the sharp edges of Vasquez Rocks

An opening in the Rocks

An opening in the Rocks

A series of openings in the Rocks.

A series of openings in the Rocks.

A wide opening in Vasquez Rocks

A wide opening in Vasquez Rocks

The top of a rock reveals some surprises

The top of a rock reveals some surprises

A major division of the Rocks

A major division of the Rocks

A closer look at the rock surface

A closer look at the rock surface

Some interesting mounds in the Rocks

Some interesting mounds in the Rocks

About Robert M. Weiss
From an early age, I've taken great pleasure in reading. Also, I learned to play my 78 player when I was quite young, and enjoyed listening to musicals and classical music. I remember sitting on the floor, and following the text and pictures of record readers, which were popular in the 1940s and 50s. My favorites were the Bozo and Disney albums. I also enjoyed watching the slow spinning of 16s as they spun out tales of adventure. I have always been attracted by rivers, and I love to sit on a boulder with my feet in the water, gazing into the mysteries of swirling currents. I especially like inner tubing on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Since my early youth, I've been interested in collecting minerals, which have taught me about the wonderful possibilities in colors and forms. Sometimes I try to imagine what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they began to discover physical laws in nature. I also remember that I had a special passion for numbers, and used to construct them out of stones. After teaching Russian for several years, I became a writer, interviewer, editor, and translator. I continue to delight in form, and am a problem solver at heart.

6 Responses to A Stroll Through Vasquez Rocks State Park

  1. I love this area! I have never stopped to explore closely, but I have had it on my list of “must sees” for along time. Your photos are just wonderful, Robert, and I’m really delighted to see photos of your dad. What a special day to have him accompany you! Delightful!

  2. It was a special day, Debra! I appreciate your comments!

  3. rommel says:

    My kind of place! I really have come to conclusions that I may love the water, but rocks and their interesting formations is what I love most. Thanks for sharing this really awesome place.

  4. Sun says:

    looks like a great place to hike around and wow, your father is fantastic at 92 and still adventuring around. very cool, Robert!

  5. Thanks, Sun! It is neat that he’s still lucid and eager to learn!

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