Chasing the San Adreas: to the Devil’s Punchbowl and Vasquez Rocks

We chased the fault as the rain chased us on Saturday.  But we won, staying dry and hiking in the cool overcast along the magnificent geology of the Devil’s Punchbowl and Vasquez Rocks.  Our reward was the sight of dramatic rock formations created by the tectonic movement of the earth.   Wildflowers bloomed, children scrambled up the jutting rock formations.

Vasquez Rocks completes a journey starting at Mormon Rocks near the Cajon Pass on the I-15 freeway.  Following the San Andreas fault as it travels westward,  we had earlier visited Mormon Rocks and the Devil’s Punchbowl.  Vasquez Rocks finished the set, offering a continuous geological view of a moving landscape that is still changing.

Before we left, we visited an ecologically designed Interpretive Center.  It was  lined with snakes, tarantulas and movie posters advertising  westerns, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes and more, all films shot on location at Vasquez Rocks. Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center



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