MiniMac Visits The Vasquez Rocks

Our first day had MiniMac meeting with Patrick O’Riley from the Phoenix Foundation Podcast who had agreed to drive us out to the Vasquez Rocks area which was the filming location for the opening shots of ‘Last Stand’ and the entire ‘To Be A Man’ episode.  We also planned to visit the nearby Agua Dulce Airport which was the main filming location for ‘Last Stand’ with plans of more photos and lunch in the cafe and maybe replicate some scenes from the episode.

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The Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park is located in the Agua Dulce area about 30 minutes north of LA and is possibly the most filmed rock area in the world with hundreds of shows and movies having filmed scenes on and around the rocks starting as far back as the 1930’s where the rocks made regular appearances in western movies and have since been used as everything from desert backdrops to alien planets and even appeared in animated form in Pixar’s ‘Cars’ movie’ 

The entire “To Be A Man’ episode was filmed in the Vasquez Rocks park area.

The park covers a total of 932 acres (377 hectares) with many rock formations scattered throughout, all of which were forged by tectonic activity from the Elkhorn Fault (an offshoot of the San Andreas Fault) which runs through the park. Many of the formations can be seen in the “To Be A Man’ episode which was filmed entirely in this area.  The footage for the opening of ‘Last Stand’ shows the large rock formations to the left of the main rock and included the road which leads to the main car parking area – had the camera panned to the right a little more in that shot we would have seen the famous peeks of the main rock.

Opening scenes of “Last Stand” were filmed just to the left of the main rock.

Once there we made our way through the parks unique landscape to eventually arrive at the main parking lot which is right in front of the famous and largest rock. The size of this 150 foot tall rock can’t really be appreciated until your standing in front of it and it’s then that you get a sense of the history associated with the rock and area.  
We were pleasantly surprised to find that the rocks are completely accessible by the public. Somehow I was expecting them to be closed off and only viewed from a distance like well preserved artifacts of the entertainment world waiting for their next appearance, but instead we found people were free to climb all over them, some had even climbed to the top of the tallest and very steepest peek – something none of use were keen to attempt. 
We also found local remote control 4×4 clubs used the area for testing their RC Rock Crawlers on various locations around the rocks which provide a rage of surfaces and terrain for them to practice on.

Once we left the Rocks we headed for the nearby Agua Dulce Airport, which was the main filming location for Last Stand, with intentions of more photos and hoping to have some lunch in the cafe and maybe replicate some scenes. Unfortunately we found it’s a private airport and closed off to the public. The closest we could get was the locked gate at the edge of the property.

A huge thanks to Patrick for driving us out there!

 

  
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Photos  by: KiwiTek & DashboardOnFire

The size and majesty of this rock  can't be really appreciated until your standing in front of itWe were presently surprised to find the rocks are open to explore and climb.Remembering the scenes from "To Be A Man" MiniMac went climbing... this time without being shot at. This rock is steeped in TV and movie historyStanding in the footsteps of Television and movie historyMiniMac decided to explore the other side of the rock.MiniMac was in his element out here. Ready for adventure!The higher we climbed the better the view.The higher we climbed the better the view.We were't as keen as some people though who climbed to the very peek of the 150 foot (45 metre) high sandstone rock.View of surrounding area from up on the rock.View of surrounding area from up on the rock.View of surrounding area from up on the rock.View of surrounding area from up on the rock.View of surrounding area from up on the rock.The main parking lot puts you right in front of the famous peeked rock.View from the "back" side of the rock and just to the right of where the opening scene of 'Last Stand' was filmed.This rock and area has been filmed so much no mater which angle you look from there's an iconic shot.The park covers a total of 932 acres (377 hectares) Made of sandstone, this 150 foot tall icon was forged by the San Andreas fault line.We were't as keen as some people though who climbed to the very peek of the 150 foot (45 metre) high sandstone rock.This is where the opening shot of MacGyver looking for Sparrow Lake was filmed for "Last Stand".A local remote control 4x4 club was there practicing the rock crawling techniques while we were there. Fun to watch. Just like the real thing, only in miniature. This is as close as we could get to the private Agua Dulce Airport which was the main filming location for ‘Last Stand’.

 

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