This weekend I visited Vasquez Rocks, a natural area less than an hour from LA and the setting for many-a TV and film productions. I was impressed by the visitor center, free parking, upkeep, trails, and, well, the rocks. It rocked.
There are lots of trails to choose from, with short, flat jaunts leading to impressive formations, to longer hikes to nice views and vegetation. Kid and dog friendly, there’s also plenty of picnic tables for a nice lunch.