Borrego Spring desert region is already interesting and awesome on its own with so many peaks to climb, several oasis, and numerous slot canyons to explore. However, what make Anza Borrego Desert Park truly unique from all the others are these free standing metal animal sculptures that exist everywhere in the region.
What Are They
According to desertusa.com, “Dennis Avery, land owner of Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs envisioned the idea of adding ‘free standing art’ to his property with original steel welded sculptures created by ‘Perris Jurassic Park’ owner/artist/welder Ricardo Breceda based in Perris, California. There are 129 metal sculptures located in Borrego Springs.”
How To Find Them
There are apparently so many different sculptures all over the desert; however, the ones that I visited are located on Borrego Spring Road between the Christmas Circle and S3 intersection.
If you try to get there from the park visitor center, just drive straight down along Palm Canyon Drive until you hit a big traffic circle, take the Borrego Springs Road exit, drive along the road for about five or ten minutes then you will start to see weird looking sculptures on both sides of the road. You can either park on the road and walk to them, or you can simply drive to them using the already existing paths that people create.
These sculptures are free standing art projects, which mean that they are completely free to visit. They are really awesome, and usually, there aren’t a lot of people out there taking pictures of them. There are dozens and dozens of these all over the Borrego desert region, and I’ve only seen a very small portion of them.
I’ve been to practically every desert park in California….but not Anzo Borrego. We have a vacation in February…..so thanks for the tips.
You’re very welcome! Glad that you find this helpful. Let me know if you have any questions. Look forward to hearing about your experience at Anza Borrego.
These sculptures are absolutely wonderful. We had fun driving around and finding all the different ones. We try to visit the desert in early spring whenever there is a really good wildflower year.