If you’re visiting Borrego Springs, California for the wildflowers that are aplenty this year due to the amount of rainfall California recently received, make sure to also see some of the 130 Borrego Springs sculptures created by artist Ricardo Breceda. They are spread across private parcels of land known as Galleta Meadows in the Borrego Valley.
BORREGO SPRINGS SCULPTURES
Some of the giant sculptures you’ll find here are creatures that once lived in the Borrego Valley. From the Columbian Mammoth, the giant bird Aiolornis, camels, the elephant-like Gomphothere, and the Sabertooth Cat.
The fossils of all these animals have been found nearby in some of the most extensive and well-preserved paleontology sites in all of North America.
The Nursing Camel Sculpture
But it’s not only creatures of the past but also of the present and creatures formed by the artist’s imagination that you will find when you visit Borrego Springs, California.
The Borrego Springs Serpent Sculpture
Our favorite? The Serpent. It is divided into parts to make the illusion that it is going in and out of the sand. At the same time, when you’re driving to it, the head is on one side of the road, and the tail is on another.
The Scorpio and Grasshopper Sculpture
Besides the serpent, you’ll find T-rex, mammoth, tortoise, a nursing camel, wild sheep, and even a jeep. Did I mention there are 130 sculptures in the Borrego Valley? Yup! I hope to see more on another visit.
Desert Tortoise Sculpture
The landowner of Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs – the late Dinner Avery, was the one who envisioned the idea of adding free-standing art in his desert property made from steel welded sculptures created by artist Ricardo Breceda. Today, you can visit the Borrego Springs Sculptures for free.
The Mammoth Sculpture
All these sculptures are not fenced in and though there’s not a lot of cars passing by, I would advise making sure that the kids do not stay near the road or visitors who are taking pictures do stay off the road to avoid accidents.
You will be doing multiple stops to visit the various sculptures as they are spread out but try to see as much as you can.
The Borrego Springs Jeep Sculpture
Borrego Springs is located 3 hours south of Los Angeles International Airport or 2 hours Northeast of San Diego. If you’re visiting Palm Springs, it is located 1.5 hr south of it.
For the Borrego Springs sculptures map and location, visit the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association bookstore. If you merely wish to see a few of them, check google map and you’ll find them lined up along Borrego Springs Road.
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