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Metal Monsters of Borrego Springs

Metal Monsters of Borrego Springs


Year Started: 2008

From magical serpents to giant scorpions and eagles, the amazing metal sculptures created by artist Ricardo Breceda spread across the landscape of Galleta Meadows in southern California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. There are over 130 metal sculptures to explore.

Breceda's 7-year old daughter was his inspiration for the sculptures when she asked him to make her a life-sized dinosaur for Christmas after watching Jurassic Park 3.  Fate had bigger plans for Breceda.  He had just set up a small store in Perris, California, called "Perris Jurassic Park" where he met Dennis Avery, of the Avery office supply brand.

Avery owned three square miles of land right outside Anza-Borrego, and it was his vision to create a free-standing art gallery for all to enjoy. In 2008, Mr. Avery and Ricardo struck up a deal to create 133 magical mythical metal sculptures of spectacular scale and install them at what would be known as Galleta Meadows Estate. Mr. Avery was able to enjoy seeing his vision come to fruition before his death in 2012.

When asked in an interview which sculpture was his favorite, Ricardo answered, "I don't know, I haven't made it yet."


Anza-Borrego Visitor Center: 200 Palm Canyon Dr, Borrego Springs, CA 92004
Coordinates: 33°15’28.7″N 116°24’23.5″W
*Note: This is just your starting point. The sculptures spread all over the town. 

Fee: FREE!!! You don’t need the State park pass to see these.

Please Note:

Information is current as of February 2022.

Please research and confirm any information provided.

Submitted by: Barbara Rainey
Created: February 09, 2022