Why: Because your mission is to boldly go where William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy have gone before.
What: The jagged and otherworldly forms of Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, a 932-acre geological oddity in northeastern L.A. County, have been attracting film crews for nearly a century, including the markers of the vintage TV series "The Lone Ranger" (1949-1957). But no film or TV property can match the "Star Trek" franchise's faithfulness.
In a beloved episode called "Arena," Captain Kirk battled an overgrown lizard called a Gorn amid these red rocks. In the "Friday's Child" episode, these rocks represented the planet Capella IV. In the "Shore Leave" episode, the rocks stand in for planet Omicron Delta, where Kirk is again called upon to do battle. IMDB.com lists more than 350 productions that have shot at the rocks (which were named for a 19th century bandit), including the films "Austin Powers," "Blazing Saddles," "Frankenstein" (the 1931 Boris Karloff version) and "Dracula" (the 1931 Bela Lugosi version) and the TV shows "Maverick," "Kung Fu" and "The Big Bang Theory."