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Day Trip to the Santa Clarita Valley: Vasquez Rocks & William S Hart Ranch

  • Dec 23, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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Please Note: Read the directions before you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) This is an ALL DAY event with multiple stops. We will be carpooling at a designated area at 10:00 AM sharp. If you are a passenger, please give your designated driver $15 to compensate for gas and car maintenance.

3) The carpool place is at the Sepulveda Garden Center on 16633 Magnolia Blvd, Encino. Closest major cross street is between Hayvenhurst and Magnolia. Its just North of where the 101 and 405 freeways intersect. Exit on Hayvenhurst and turn left. Then make a right on Magnolia.

4) There will be a lot of walking and possibly some hiking involved in this event, so dress appropriately.

5) While we will have breakfast and lunch in the area, I encourage you to bring along snacks and beverages.


Our first stop will be the Vasquez Rocks. I have been wanting to go here for a couple of years now. I love geological formations and the Vasquez Rocks are one of the more interesting and beautiful ones of their kind in LA County. We will arrive a little early but go on a ranger docent guided tour of the area that begins at 11 AM.

10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road,
Agua Dulce

Official Website

If you only have time to visit one wilderness area in Santa Clarita, this is where you should go. And if you live in the SCV, this is probably one of your favorite places.


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.

Ranger-led hikes, power walk hikes, and animal presentations are offered in the cool months. 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 exact times.

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.


After the guided tour of the Vasquez Rocks, we will head East and have lunch ata place recommended by GF member Steve:

Sweetwater Cafe

33310 Agua Dulce Canyon Rd
Agua Dulce, CA91390:


We had back West to go to William S Hart Ranch in Newhall. I had the opportunity to visit this place earlier this year for a few hours but it was not enough to cover it all because they have a lot to offer. A museum, a house tour, animal farm, bison in the range, etc. Truly a hidden gem of the Santa Clarita Valley. Admission is FREE but they are a non profit and in desperate need of donations. We have to arrive atthe hill top ranch house no later than 3:30 PM to take in the last tour offered for the day. It requires walking up a hill.

Check out their website:

A member of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the William S. Hart Museum is less than an hour's drive from most areas of Los Angeles.

The William S. Hart Park and Museum is the former retirement home of the famed silent film actor and director who produced a series of hit Western movies in the early 1900's. His beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival Style Mansion – now the Museum – exhibits an impressive collection of Western artwork by noted artists Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, and Joe de Yong, as well as mementos from early Hollywood, personal furnishings and effects, and artifacts representing multiple Native American cultures.

The Museum also includes an historic 1910 Ranch House that exhibits Hart's tack and saddle collection, personal furnishings, and additional Hollywood mementos.

Both the Mansion and the Ranch House are located in scenic William S. Hart Park, where guests may enjoy visiting a live collection of farm animals, a herd of American bison, a vast picnic area, a series of hiking trails, and a charming Western-themed Gift Store.

William S. Hart Living Room

William S. Hart

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