Serpents, Scorpions, and Stallions Oh My!
Located in the desert gem of Borrego Springs, CA, is an open art installation created by artist/welder Ricardo Breceda. These amazing metal sculptures were commissioned by Dennis Avery, land owner of Galleta Meadows. There are over 130 different themed sculptures spread out over three square miles of the desert. The themes range from prehistoric animals, desert creatures, as well as an homage to off-roading with an awesome Willy's Jeep CJ-3A.
Galleta Meadows is unfenced and open to the public for visitation, including hiking, horseback-riding, photography, and bicycling every day of the year. Although the best time to explore the area is in the cooler months.
If you are driving from LA or San Diego, you will want to proceed down S22 into the valley that houses Anza Borrego. From here, the sculptures are all over the next 10 square miles. Since you are in the desert and most of the area is pretty barren, it is easy to spot them while driving along Borrego Springs Road.
On this trip we had an amazing treasure hunt across Borrego-Springs on the lookout for these red rusted colored, larger than life works of art. It is not until your close inspection, that you see the amount of detail the artist captured with each sculpture. It is as if at any moment, they can spring to life and roam the desert. One of our favorites included the Sand Serpent, which is one of the largest sculptures featured. It is 350 feet long with parts of its body slithering across the other side of the road. It makes for an impressive backdrop as seen in our first photo.
Pack a lunch, load up the car, and take a day trip down to Borrego Springs and check out these works of art. They are definitely a site to see in-person.
For a quick tour of this Open Road 4Two adventure, check out our YouTube video below:
Until next time, we will see you down the Open Road!