Borrego Springs, California: Statues of Dinosaurs and Monsters

Known collectively as "Sky Art Sculpture Garden," over 130 sculptures by Ricardo Breceda are scattered over three square miles of desert once owned by superrich Dennis Avery. Avery died in 2012, but Breceda's statues will be preserved.
Borrego Springs Rd, Borrego Springs, CA
Most of the sculptures are along Borrego Springs Rd, both north and south of town (Map point is at a sculpture cluster). You can pick up a map with the locations of all the sculptures at the Anza-Borrego Foundation and State Park Store on Palm Canyon Drive, the main east-west road through town.
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Statues of Dinosaurs and Monsters

Go to the Kiwanis grapefruit stand next to the Wells Fargo bank and pick up a town brochure. It has a map of the exhibit locations. All were very accessible by driving a car to them although on fairly rough dirt roads.

[Bob, 02/14/2019]

Sand Serpent.

Statues of Dinosaurs and Monsters

There are a variety of sculptures -- horses, elephants, scorpion, turtles, dinosaurs, people doing different "deserty" things... It's worth cruising around to take some fun photos. The area is probably best explored by ATV, motorcycle or off road vehicle, but you can cruise around and spot many of the sculptures by car as well.

[Matthew Luther, 01/16/2015]


Dinosaur Statues - Ice Age Statues

We didn't know we could download a map of where the statues are and we missed half of them. Don't do as we did. There is a lot of information on As of 12/2008, there was a beautiful mammoth, wild horse and saber tooth tiger exhibit.

[Nichole G., 12/24/2008]

Elephant-like dinosaur.

Dinosaur Statues

Surrounding the little town of Borrego Springs there are numerous (10 plus!) life-sife metal statues of dinosaurs. My husband surprised me with a drive from San Diego out to the desert last month and I had no idea these were in our back yard. We did learn, though, to park and walk up to the statues if you do not have a 4x4, or else you will be calling the local guy to have your truck wenched out of the sand like we did when we drove up to the camels. (Not fun in 100 degree heat) The tow truck driver and his friend were there within 10-15 minutes of us calling them and were very nice and told us of the rest of the statues south of Borrego Springs my husband did not know about.

Best to go during the fall, winter or spring. There are tortoises, saber tooth tigers, mammoth elephants, camels, sloths, Gomphotherium (weird looking ancient elephants). A local Perris (North of San Diego) aritist Ricardo Breceda made the satues and did a beautiful job that was commissioned by Dennis Avery (land owner of Galleta Meadows and Avery stationary supply). I do hope they add more!

[Cindy Thompson, 09/22/2008]

The statues began arriving in 2008. Dennis Avery owns several square miles of Borrego Springs, and has commissioned over 70 statues. Sculptor Breceda has said that he's done making them, but he's said that before.

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