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Bronson Caves, Los Angeles

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Bronson Canyon, or Bronson Caves, is a section of Griffith Park in Los Angeles that has become known as a filming location for many movies and TV shows, especially westerns and science fiction, from the early days of motion pictures to the present. Its craggy and remote-looking setting, but easily accessible location, has made it a prime choice for filmmakers, particularly of low-budget films, who want to place scenes in a lonely wilderness.Location and historyBronson Canyon is located in the southwest section of Griffith Park, thus is easily accessible from Hollywood.In 1903, the Union Rock Company founded a quarry, originally named Brush Canyon, for excavation of crushed rock used in the construction of city streets. The quarry ceased operation in the late 1920s, leaving the caves behind. The caves became known as the Bronson Caves after a nearby street, giving the area its more popular name of Bronson Canyon (the same street indirectly provided the stage name for actor Charles Bronson, who chose the name of the Bronson Gate at Hollywood's Paramount Studios, which in turn derived its name from Bronson Ave).Scenes of the main cave entrance are normally filmed in a manner that shows the entrance at an angle because the cave is actually a very short tunnel through the hill, with the rear opening easily visible in a direct shot. The most well-known appearance of the tunnel entrance is likely as the entrance to the Batcave in the Batman television series of the 1960s. Use our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker tool to add Bronson Caves and other attractions to your Los Angeles vacation plans.
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  • A great place to hike. This was my second visit. It gets busy on weekends. Last time I was here on a Tuesday. It is a fairly flat and easy hike to the caves. The Bat Cave is there. It was used for... 
    A great place to hike. This was my second visit. It gets busy on weekends. Last time I was here on a Tuesday. It is a fairly flat and easy hike to the caves. The Bat Cave is there. It was used for...  more »
  • If you were a fan of the 1960s Batman series you might enjoy seeing the entrance of the "Batcave" that was featured in it. 
    If you were a fan of the 1960s Batman series you might enjoy seeing the entrance of the "Batcave" that was featured in it.  more »
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  • Very interesting ffg or me to see this place. I watched the original Batman TV show in the sixties Steve and I loved it I used to rush home from school everyday to see it to finally see this place I watched the original Batman TV show in the sixties Steve and I loved it I used to rush home from school everyday to see it. To finally see this place made it come full circle.
  • SUPER AWESOME! A really short great hike, beautiful sight and you can see the Hollywood sign and the original 1966 Batcave. Totally awesome

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