2960 Canyon Dr.
Los Angeles, CA
From Hollywood Boulevard, turn north up 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. The trail to the caves begins at the very end of Canyon drive. When you leave the gravel parking lot, take the trail to the right. Do not hike more than 1/4 mile. When trail forks, go left.
The Bronson Caves were a man-made set actually, originally created around 1900. Rumors have it that they were originally created for the 1922 verson of Robin Hood. Since then they have been used in numerous movies, such as '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."'
The Flintstones movie used the Bronson Caves located in the Hollyrock Hills to film this opening scene (top).
The Bronson Caves were the setting for one of the scariest movie moments of all time—the scene where Kevin McCarthy’s girlfriend (Played by Dana Wynter) turns into a “pod person” in Don Siegel’s classic 1956 horror flick, “Invasion of The Body Snatchers.”
The photo below is from the outtakes from Jim Morrison and Pamela Courson's
1969 photoshoot at the Bronson Caves in the Hollywood Hills. At first, the
photographer (Edmund Teske) was photographing Jim and his girlfriend Pam, at the
singer's apartment nearby. They eventually moved to the caves for a more natural
setting. Teske liked the idea of Jim moving out from the dark caves and into the
light. He viewed Morrison as more of a poet, than a rockstar, and that was the
inspiration behind the shoot:
Anza Borrego Desert
Cuyamaca State Park