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The American equivalent of the BBCQuarry, a distinctive set of striated sandstone slabs, dozens to hundreds of feet tall, sharply-angled and pointed at their tops. Familiar from its use as an exterior location in any number of ScienceFiction programs and [[TheWestern Westerns]] (including the films ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' and ''The Magnificent Seven Ride Again'', as well as the "Sleestak Diner" scene in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''), and no few automobile commercials. It is also the location where the Brandeis-Bardin Institute was composited into for the [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers first]] [[Series/PowerRangersZeo five]] [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo seasons]] of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' as the Command Center/Power Chamber building. The entire town of Bedrock in ''Film/TheFlintstones'' was constructed here. Probably best known from its several appearances on ''Franchise/StarTrek'' over the years (especially the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Original Series]] episode "Arena"), whence comes the popular nickname for one of the formations (and by extension the entire area). The movie ''[[Film/BillAndTed Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey]]'' [[LampshadeHanging specifically points this trope out]] by having the boys watching said episode, before their robotic duplicates drag them out to the rock to kill them.

In reality these are known as the [[http://aeve.com/digitaldesert/vasquezrocks/ Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park,]] in Agua Dulce, CA (conveniently located about 30 miles north of Hollywood), and were once a hideout of Tiburcio Vásquez, a notorious bandito who was one of the inspirations for the character of Zorro. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasquez_Rocks Here's]] the Wikipedia entry, with a detailed history of "Kirk's Rock" in TV and film.

Compare DownLADrain, another Los Angeles setting used many many times in film and television. See HeyItsThatPlace for a general listing of very commonly used locales.

!!Works Featuring Kirk's Rock:


* It appears in the background for a 2013 Spiriva COPD medication ad.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* It is the location of the Guardian of Forever in the ''Star Trek'' fan film, ''Of Gods and Men''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* Film/AlphaDog (2007)
* In the final sketch of ''Film/AmazonWomenOnTheMoon'', Kirk's Rock is plainly visible in the distance during a chase scene.
%%* Army of Darkness (1993)
%%* Apache (1954)
%%* Film/AustinPowers: International Man of Mystery
* ''Film/AngryVideoGameNerdTheMovie'': The Rocks serve as a launch ramp for a mocked-up flying saucer. And Cooper (well, an obvious puppet) plummets from the top.
* ''Film/BillAndTed'': Lampshaded: Just before the boys meet the Evil Robots, they're watching that particular episode of ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' on TV. When the Robots drag the boys up to the rock to kill them, we even get a recreation of the dramatic zoom out from ''Trek''.
* In ''Film/BlazingSaddles'', Vasquez rocks is the site Hedy Lamarr ("[[InsistentTerminology That's ]]''[[InsistentTerminology Hedley!]]''") recruits desperados for the attack on Rock Ridge.
%%* Bubble Boy (2001)
* WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}: One of the rock outcroppings is drawn to look both like Kirk's Rock and the tail fins of some 1950s muscle car.
%%* Film/{{Dracula}}
* ''Film/TheFlintstones'': The entire town of Bedrock was built here. After filming, the studio left it up for a few days and allowed tourists in to visit the set.
%%* For The Boys (1991)
%%* Film/FreeEnterprise
%%* Guns of [=El Chupacabra=] (1997)
%%* Hearts of the West (1975)
%%* Hell Comes to Frogtown (1971)
%%* Literature/{{Holes}}
%%* In the Army Now (1994)
* In ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', Federal Wildlife Marshal Willenholly is a reference to the characters Marshall, Will and Holly on the 1970's children's TV show ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' -- a shout out reinforced by the subsequent appearance of the Sleestak Diner sitting in the shadow of Kirk's Rock.
* ''Film/JingleAllTheWay'' features the rock during the ShowWithinAShow in the film's opening.
%%* Film/JoeDirt
%%* Kill Your Darlings (2006)
* ''Film/TheLegendOfTheLoneRanger'' features the Ranger and Tonto riding past it on horseback.
%%* Film/LittleMissSunshine
%%* Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983)
%%* Mom And Dad Save The Day
%%* My Stepmother Is An Alien (1988)
%%* Film/{{Parasite}} (1982)
* ''Film/{{Paul}}'': Graeme and Clive visit Kirk's Rock and reenact the scene.
%%* Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes (2001 Remake)
%%* Film/PlanetOfTheDinosaurs
%%* he Rapture (1991)
%%* Princess Of Mars (2009)
%%* Film/ASingleMan
%%* Film/ShortCircuit
* ''Film/StarTrek'': The landscape of Vulcan is a clear homage, with the distinctive shape of the rock formation repeating many times along the horizon.
%%* Film/StarTrekGenerations
%%* Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome
%%* A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
%%* Film/VeryBadThings
%%* Film/WerewolfOfLondon

* ''Literature/BloodWork'': The backstory recounts how detective Jaye Winston had investigated the case of a murder victim found at "a large outcropping of sandstone known as Vasquez Rocks." This is how she got to know Terry [=McCaleb=], the protagonist who now needs her help investigating another murder.
--> "The slanted and jagged formation caused by tectonic upheaval was beautiful in the afternoon light. The sun was hitting the front rock faces at a low angle and throwing the crevices into deep darkness. It looked beautiful and dangerous at the same time."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
%%* ''Series/TwentyFour''
%%* The Adventures of Champion
%%* The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin
%%* ''Series/{{Airwolf}}''
%%* Alien Hunter
%%* Series/AlienNation''
%%* ''Series/{{Alias}}''
%%* ''Series/AliasSmithAndJones''
%%* Broken Arrow
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': While en route to a Series/StarTrek convention, the guys specifically visit this location due to its use in the show. Their car is stolen while they are posing for pictures in their costumes in front of the rocks.
%%* ''Series/TheBigValley''
%%* ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''
%%* ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury''
%%* Buffalo Bill Jr.
%%* ''Series/TheBionicWoman
%%* Branded
%%* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': In the episode "Soul Survivor", this represents a prehistoric environment into which Leo and Chris stumble through a time portal.
%%* Cimarron Strip
%%* ''Series/{{CSI}}''
%%* Daniel Boone
%%* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}''
%%* ''Series/TheFallGuy''
%%* ''Series/{{Fastlane}}''
%%* ''Series/FearFactor''
%%* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
%%* ''Series/TheFugitive''
%%* ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel''
%%* Hell Town
%%* The High Chaparral
%%* Hunter
%%* Series/TheInvaders
%%* Johnny Ringo
%%* Korg: 70,000 [=BC=]
%%* Series/KungFu Pilot Movie
%%* Series/{{Lassie}}
%%* ''Series/LasVegas''
%%* ''Series/LogansRun''
%%* ''Series/MacGyver''
%%* ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE''
%%* ''Series/{{Maverick}}''
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': The Command Center/Power Chamber (aka. American Jewish University's "The House of the Book") sits on this rock, as it does through the following two series, [[Series/PowerRangersZeo Zeo]] and [[Series/PowerRangersTurbo Turbo]].
** ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'': One episode has Red Ranger Leo forced to fight right next to them. It probably isn't a coincidence that his shirt gets ripped to shreds, forcing him to take it off, at the same time.
* ''Series/MrShow'': used as the location of their ''Theatre/JesusChristSuperstar'' parody in the episode "The Biggest Failure in Broadway History".
%%* ''Series/{{Medium}}''
%%* ''Series/TheMiddleMan''
%%* ''Series/MissionImpossible''
%%* ''Series/{{Monk}}''
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': An episode has members of the team follow a lead in Arizona. In clear view behind them when talking to a local cop, Kirk's Rock.
%%* Series/NewGirl
%%* Series/{{NUMB3RS}}
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode, "The Zanti Misfits", this is where the aliens land.
%%* ''Series/ThePretender''
%%* Prey
%%* The Range Rider
%%* ''Series/TheRatPatrol''
%%* ''Series/TheRifleman''
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'': The wilderness scenes heavily featured Kirk's Rock. The scenes of the town, including the Crashdown Cafe, were shot in Covina, CA.
%%* ''Series/SavingGrace''
* ''Series/{{Sliders}}'': Featured in the episode "Electric Twister Acid Test"
%%* ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond''
%%* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''
%%* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''
%%* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
* The TropeNamer; the famous fight in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode, "Arena", takes place here, as mentioned in the description.
** Also, this is where Lazarus' timeship is located in "The Alternative Factor."
** And where Kirk fought Finnegan in "Shore Leave." The glade scenes were shot at Africa USA Ranch, a former wildlife preserve in nearby Soledad Canyon.
%%* Series/StarTrekVoyager
%%* Stories Of The Century
%%* Street Hawk
* ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'': Appears in a prehistoric setting when the twins travel a bit too far back in time.
%%* Series/TheTwilightZone
%%* ''Series/{{Voyagers}}''
* In ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' episode, "The Night of the Cadre", West and Gordon defeat the fake Union soldiers at Vasquez Rocks with a knockout gas Gordon devised.
** The climactic gunfight in "The Night of the Jack O'Diamonds" takes place here also.
* ''Series/{{Zorro}}'': Probably one of the earliest use in television, and before they were called that. In the episode "The Missing Father", Zorro pursues a mysterious masked figure over the Rocks.
%%* Series/{{Monk}}: episode "Mr. Monk and the UFO"
* ''Series/DoctorWho''. Homaged in "The Caretaker", which opens with the Doctor and his companion in a NoodleIncident where they've been chained up in the desert to die on an alien planet. A large Vasquez Rocks-like formation is in the background.

[[folder:Music Videos]]
%%* About a Girl (Sugababes)
%%* Be With You (Enrique Iglesias)
%%* Black or White (Michael Jackson)
%%* Crawl Back In (Dead By Sunrise)
%%* Drummer Boy by Debi Nova
%%* The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades (Timbuk3)
%%* Heaven Is A Halfpipe (OPM)
%%* High and Dry, UK version (Radiohead)
%%* Mind's Eye (Wolfmother)
%%* Mobscene (Marilyn Manson)
%%* Rehab (Rihanna ft. Justin Timberlake)
%%* S Club Party (S Club 7)
%%* Solitary Confinement (Evidence ft. Krondon)
%%* Sora ni Kakeru Hashi (空にかける橋?) (Masami Okui)
%%* This Darkened Heart (All That Remains)
%%* Turnaround (Stealin Horses)
%%* Work The Angles ( Dilated Peoples)
* You Got Lucky (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) - The rocks are seen in the background behind the shed they find.

%%[[folder:Video Games]]
%%* VideoGame/Prey2006
%%* VideoGame/{{Borderlands}} Pandora's deserts seem to be endless expanses of similar rock formations.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* WesternAnimation/DanVs (Animated as an allusion to Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': As a direct reference to ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', the crew winds up on a planet which just happens to have an exact recreation of the rocks. Leela and William Shatner end up fighting (and more besides) on them.
%%* WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}