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Galleta Meadows: The Metal Sculptures of Borrego Springs

Updated: Aug 27, 2021

I’m not exactly sure what makes the desert such an intriguing landscape for artists, but I imagine it has something to do with the tranquility of the environment, an oasis of serenity amidst the harsh climate - or something like that.

Whatever the reason, it inspired landowner Dennis Avery and artist Ricardo Breceda to pepper this terrain with bronze metal works of art, and I am 100% here for it.

If you’re visiting Anza-Borrego State Park in California, they are hard to miss. Located in the neighboring town of Borrego Springs, you’ll find over 130 sculptures strategically placed around the area, some perfectly framing the Milky Way.

Night Owls:

Anza-Borrego is an official Dark Sky Park so if you go during peak Milky Way season the views are hard to beat. (Hot, BUT pretty so know before you go) The more popular sculptures can get crowded so pack a cooler and stake your claim early for some prime stargazing.

Morning Birds:

From afar, these metal beauties glisten in the sun, but up close you can see the intricate details artist Ricardo Breceda has put into each sculpture. (The fur on the sloths is insane). Fan favorites include the 350ft Dragon and the giant scorpion, but if you have 4WD I suggest checking out some of the other hidden gems that are off the beaten path.

My personal faves: the Dinos


A printed map to all sculptures can be picked up outside the town Welcome Center at 786 Palm Canyon Drive. Grab one and start exploring!


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