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Ricardo Breceda Metal Sculptures - Borrego Springs (CA)
In the open
fields surrounding Borrego Springs you will find enormous metal sculptures of
animals, real and imaginative.
Some of the
large animals are based on prehistoric animals other on living creatures.
The 130 rusty metal
sculptures were created by the artist Ricardo Breceda.
Plan to spend here
about 30 minutes to 1 hour driving from one place to another one discovering
the different statues in the fields.
The metal sculptures
can be found near Borrego Springs, CA.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the Colorado Desert of Southern California, about
one-and-a-half-hour drive south of Palm Springs or two hours east of San Diego.
Map of the statues:
The largest collection
can be found 2 miles north of the town circle on the east sides of Borrego
is at the end of Borrego Springs Rd. 3.3 miles north of town.
You can find another
collection of large and impressive sculptures 4 miles south of the town circle
on Borrego Springs Rd. (S3).
The place is open
year-round, but the summer month are extremely hot (~110-120f mid-day), I
highly recommend visiting here during to colder month of the year.
through February has highs in the 60-70s and lows in the 40s. April and May are
already getting to 80s, and June starting to more than 100f.
Due note 1: There is a gas
service, stores, and many other facilities in Borrego Springs.
Due note 2: You can get a
map in Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association bookstore located in 652
Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA.
Due note 3: no matter if
this is a short or long walk, make sure to have with you a lot of water and
Due note 4: The small Borrego
Springs town is located in the center of the Anza-Borrego Park and has few
Due note 5: The sculptures
are located on private land, but the owners allow people to drive on the sand
roads and get near the sculptures.
Due note 6: Many of the
statues are right off the road, drive slowly and you will spot the large red
sculptures in the arid open landscape.
It was fun to
drive around and look for the large sculptures spread in the open desert
I also spend
some after sunset time near few statues taking night pictures with stars and
From what I
manage to get online all started in 2008, where a local philanthropist and landowner
with extensive desert property hire the artist Ricardo Breceda to create large animal
made of rusty and red small metal pieces combined to create the large structures.
The way to visit
the statues is to drive and look for the statues, find a dirt road leading to
Status you can
elephants. A saber-tooth cat. An ancient camel. A T. rex and a giant bird of
prey as well as horses, turtles, Scorpion, Grasshopper, people and more.
One of the most
known sculptures of them all is a 350-foot-long serpent snake with a dragon
head that stretch on both side of the road.
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