Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were
Shot (on Location)
photos below were sent to me by Steve Bernardo of Tampa, Florida, who took
a vacation to L.A. recently and used the Seeing-Stars website to track
down some of our popular film locations around town.
One of the many locations he visited were the Bronson Caves in the Griffith Park area. And he was good enough to send us these photos to help other visitors find the caves for themselves. (The photos show Steve and his bride Monica hiking from Canyon Drive to the caves.)
The Bronson caves are man-made, and were probably created back around 1900, when the area was a rock quarry. (Some say the caves themselves were created especially for the 1922 version of "Robin Hood" with Douglas Fairbanks.) But whatever their origin, they have since been used in countless movies and TV series. They were seen as the 'Bat Cave' in the classic "Batman" TV series, as well as in "Bonanza," "Star Trek: Voyager," "Fantasy Island," "Little House on the Prairie," "The Lone Ranger," "Gunsmoke" and the "Wild Wild West". Plus feature films such as 2002's "The Scorpion King," "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," "Lost Horizon" and the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
( Don't confuse the Bronson Caves with the Griffith Park tunnel on Vermont Ave, near the Observatory, which was seen in "The O.C.", "Roger Rabbit" & "Back to the Future".
And for those
who may be wondering, no, the Bronson Caves are not the tunnel you
see in the TV series "Stargate". That tunnel is the
entrance to the Cheyenne Mountain Air Force base, and is located in Colorado Springs,
From Hollywood Boulevard, turn north up either Canyon Drive or Bronson Avenue (which merges with Canyon Drive later). Take Canyon Drive up north, through the gates into Griffith Park, to where the road seems to end, then park and prepare for a short hike.
Here is a map link to the approximate location of the parking lot on Canyon Drive.
trail to the caves begins at the very end of Canyon drive. The park is
in a residential area.
on the correct trail, the only directions you need are "Do not hike
more than 1/4 mile.
cave is only about 50 feet long. More like a small tunnel actually.
there I turned around and lo and behold, an unbelievable view of the HOLLYWOOD
that the caves are located in an isolated section
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