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Borrego Springs Metal Sculptures

A very Californian desert attraction


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Only in the Golden State, you can see a desert overrun with huge metal sculptures. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is part of the Colorado Desert in southern California that is well-known for its wildflowers viewing and hiking. But most of all it's famous for over 100 large metal sculptures that seem to pop up out of nowhere.

The impressive art display was added to the desert landscape by the owner of the Galleta Meadows Estate, Dennis Avery, who decided it would be a good idea to put them in his property for everyone to enjoy. The metal sculptures, created by an artist Ricardo Breceda, occupy an area of about 25 sq. km (10 sq. mi). His artworks depict prehistoric mammals, historical characters, dinosaurs, fantasy creatures, and a giant serpent. Mammoth, saber-tooth tiger, sea dragon—it seems that these metal creatures have come straight from a movie.

To see the Anza Borrego metal sculptures, you have to drive via S22 from Los Angeles (about three hours) or San Diego (up to two hours). Once you reach Borrego Springs, turn towards the Galleta Springs to see the sculptures. You can observe them during the day or night. Keep in mind that in the summer, it's boiling hot in Anza-Borrego Desert, and you won't be able to stay outside for a long time.

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