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Sunland-Tujunga is probably best known around the world as the place where a space alien landed and was befriended by a young boy named Elliot in Steven Spielberg's
blockbuster 1982 film, ET, the Extraterrestrial.


The community is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, about 14 miles north of the Los Angeles civic center. Generally thought to be a part of the San Fernando Valley, Sunland-Tujunga is actually located in a valley of its own — the Tujunga Valley which opens into the northern edge of the larger San Fernando Valley.  Most of the area is located within the northernmost limits of the City of Los Angeles with general services provided by the municipality. Portions of Big Tujunga, Little Tujunga and Kagel canyons are in the unincorporated area served by the County of Los Angeles.


The Tujunga Valley is about six miles long and two miles wide. Consisting mostly of ranch land and orchards at the turn of the last century, much of the area is now filled with single family residences mixed with pockets of low-rise apartment and condominium buildings, though remnants of the orchards and ranches still stand.  Known first as the home to one of the largest Indian villages in the Southland and later as fertile ground for Spanish missionaries, today the area is home to a diverse group of people from all walks of life. Many area residents are professional and technical people involved in films and the media, quite a few of whom have seen several generations of family stay in the general area.


Commercial development consists primarily of smaller retail businesses located along the Foothill Boulevard corridor from the Lowell Avenue city limits on the east to the Foothill Freeway on the west.  


Sunland/Tujunga is home to the real estate communities of Highland Park, Crystal View, Seven Hills, North Sunland and South Sunland, and is located in the zip codes of 91042 and 91040.
 

What to do and see:


 

Bolton Hall Museum - Bolton Hall Museum, which was built in Tujunga in 1913 from river stones and officially declared a historical monument in 1962.  Tours every Sunday & Tuesday 1-4 pm

Verdugo Hills Family YMCA – featuring indoor pool and gym facilities.


McGroarty Arts Center - plays a pivotal role in the local community by offering affordable, ongoing eight-week classes for adults and children in many varieties of fine, literary and performing arts, as well as many cultural and community events throughout the year.
 
Big Tujunga Creek – Hiking trail begins along Big Tujunga Canyon creek and ascends up into a dense pine forest with breathtaking views of the San Gabriel high country to the north before heading southeast towards the highlight of the trip at Strawberry Potrero.


Hansen Dam Aquatic Center - is a 40-acre water recreation facility located on the northwest side of Hansen Dam Recreation Area. The facility consists of a 9-acre recreation lake and a 1.5-acre swimming lake.

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