Anza Borrego Metal Sculptures

Borrego Springs, California

based on 7 reviews


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The Anza Borrego Sculptures are like something straight out of a movie. While driving through Borrego Springs there are 130 full size sculptures out in the middle of no where. Great chance for night photography!

Here's a map I made that marks where most of the sculptures are (here).

First, you enter the park and drive through the little city of Borrego Springs. There will be a roundabout you can't miss, so you know you're on the right path. There is nowhere to park to get to the sculptures specifically, so just keep that in mind and the map I made should help. Some of the sculptures you will need to do a little off roading to get up close and personal to (I was in a 4 door sedan and made it just fine). They are very spaced out so driving is a better choice to see them rather than walking, especially if the weather is hot at all.

An artist named Ricardo Breceda placed all of these sculptures out in the desert for all to enjoy.The artworks range from prehistoric mammals to historical characters, dinosaurs, 350-foot-long serpent, etc.

Tip: don't do this during the summer the temperature is WAY to hot to enjoy anything in Anza Borrego. 

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Anza Borrego Metal Sculptures Reviews

So much for garden gnomes and pink flamingos, the rusty dinosaurs are the thing out here. You can’t miss them. You’ll find them right next to the roadside. Oftentimes, there will be the elusive Homosapien taking the obligatory selfie with them.

We went to the set that are out in the middle of the desert off Borrego Springs road south and it was quite hot out there. The most spectacular one is the prehistoric Incredible god wind bird over its nest with babies and captured snake. I’m sad we missed the large serpent and dinosaurs. The detail on many of these is fantastic so be sure to get out of your car and examine them up close.

Great place to visit. There is an error with a few of the northern sculptures, which were relocated (i.e on coyote way) to junction of Henderson Canyon Rd x Borrego Springs Rd. Just remember, everything is just off the paved main Borrego Springs Rd., there is no need to go on dirt roads...or into gated/private land.

These sculptures are huge! Super cool to see.

These sculptures are really fun to see. Very detailed and huge! A definite must see when out in Borrego Springs.

I went solo for the weekend and explored the Anza Borrego Desert, the Galleta Meadows Sculptures, and the small town of Borrego Springs. I downloaded a map of the many sculptures and checked them off one at a time. The Serpent is my favorite but all of the sculptures are impressive!

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