Ricardo Breceda’s Sculptures in Borrego Springs

This week we made an overnight trip to Borrego Springs and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the largest state park in California. The community of Borrego Springs is about 2-hour drive from where we stay in Desert Hot Springs. In addition to being in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs is well-known for the outdoor arts of Ricardo Breceda at Galleta Meadows Estates. These metal sculptures are amazing to see in person. The artist put a lot of details and craftmanships into creating them. Plus there’s no cost to visit and discover these gems.

Dragon-head-rattlesnake-tail

Dragon-head-rattlesnake-tail (tail not shown in this photo)

Some of the pictures of about 130 pieces of arts in the desert.

Elephants

Elephant-like Gomphotheres

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Furry Dinosour

Wooly Dinosaur

Tortoises

Tortoises

Bird

Bird

Bird and Ren

Horse

Horse

We stayed overnight at Culp Valley Campground in the state park. It’s a primitive campground with vault toilets but no drinking water. It’s free to camp here. The night time temperature was cold but we were nice and warm in Ren. We didn’t have much sleep as the coyotes were quite active at night and made lots of noise.

We’ll be back to explore the park more some other time.

Our camping spot at Culp Valley Campground

A toilet at the campground

A toilet at the campground

Cooking breakfast at Culp Valley Campground

 

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  1. Awesome photos! Love the first picture especially. We were there and found some of these sculptures but could not find the sea serpent nor the turtles! Where are they? Since they were so spread out, driving through unpaved roads was a bit tough on our little van, so we gave up after awhile. Good to see them here though! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. The serpent/dragon is on the road from the north branch the giant traffic circle. The turtles are further up the same road. We learned afterward that there is a visitor center in the mall in town that has information about the locations of the sculptures, but we didn’t go in.

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  2. Ah, Ikkyu-san… I haven’t thought about that show in years, but just the mention of it brings back happy memories of spending time with my grandmother, crocheting and watching TV together. Amazing to think you were watching the same show halfway across the globe!

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  3. Thanks. The sculptures are amazing and complex. It must have taken a lot of time and efforts to produce some of them. Like the Wooly Dinosaur, it actually has ‘fur’ that is made of metal. Mind-blowing.

    I’m not familiar with the show you mentioned. Growing up in Thailand we watched imported cartoons from Japan, like Doraemon, Dragonballs, various superhero shows, and my favorite, Ikkyu-San. I remember looking forward to buying Doraemon that came out weekly. I’m sure my parents weren’t thrilled about it.

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