The Statues of Borrego Springs, CA

Borrego Springs is home to 130 full-sized metal sculptures that were inspired by creatures that roamed this desert millions of years ago. As you drive or walk along the roads of Borrego Springs you will come across sculptures of wild horses in fields, saber tooth tigers, and desert tortoises that look like the are crawling through the desert.

The statues were the vision of the late Dennis Avery who owned Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs. Dennis wanted to add 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. It is said that Ricardo Breceda brings life to his sculptures by capturing each creature in motion; they are so still, yet all you see is movement and the sculpture we saw certainly fit that description.

The other day hubby and I began our tour of these sculptures along Borrego Springs Road. We had spent the afternoon at the library and the visitor center at the State Park so it was late by the time we started and shortly into our adventure the weather started to turn and a warm wind blew in. We still had a very enjoyable time and the clouds and sun setting made for some interesting pictures.

Juan Bautista de Anza was appointed to find an overland route to Alta, California from New Spain. The expedition was routed through what is now Borrego Springs northward up what is now know as Coyote Canyon




Scorpion and Grasshopper

Farm workers harvesting grapes

Shasta Ground Sloth


Harlan’s Ground Sloth

Harlan’s Ground Sloth

Harlan’s Ground Sloth

Harlan’s Ground Sloth. This picture doesn’t do the statue justice but the are huge and this guy was very tall!

Head of the serpent

This sculpture crosses the road.



Baby African Elephant

African Elephant

Saguaro, it’s funny to me that we are in the desert and the only saguaro we saw was a statue. We have noticed that saguaro’s only grow in certain areas of the desert.

1946 Willys Jeep

Spanish Padre

Indian Head

Gracile Sabertooth Cat

Merriam’s Tapir

Velociraptor. This dancing velociraptor is a sculpture of hubby’s favourite villain in the Jurassic Park movie.

Giant Tortoise


Gold Miner

Peninsular Bighorn Sheep

Peninsular Bighorn Sheep

We hope to tour some more of the sculptures before we leave, so stay tuned 🙂

Until next time …


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