This L.A. Picnic Spot Feels Like You’re on Another Planet

You won’t need a spaceship to get there

As far as the city’s outer limits go, Vasquez Rocks is the only spot that’s hosted Zanti ant men, John Carter’s lumbering Thoats, and a reptilian Gorn slain by Captain Kirk. With its unearthly scenery—sandstone outcroppings jutting into the sky at 50-degree angles—the site, only 40 miles north of L.A., is the 25 million-year- old result of an overactive fault line. Pack a picnic, find a lookout worthy of the place’s bandido namesake (one Tiburcio Vasquez), and dine alfresco in the otherwordly landscape.

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