Galleta Meadows

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Visited: November 2, 2013 & February 27, 2016

Description: A fun drive to multiple sculptures spread throughout the desert

Length: 9+ miles, depending on how many sculptures you drive up to

Duration: 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Terrain: Paved and unpaved, dirt roads.

Wildlife: Dragons, elephants, tortoises, etc

Parking: Roadside, or just park right next to the sculptures

Best time to go: Anytime, morning is probably better so it’s not too hot

Bring: Camera

Envisioned by Dennis Avery (landowner of Galleta Meadows Estates), he commissioned Ricardo Breceda to create a collection of prehistoric metal sculptures. Scattered along Borrego Springs Road are amazing art pieces. It had all the makings of the perfect zoological scavenger hunt with off-roading fun. What could be better?


We began our journey up north taking Henderson Canyon Rd and headed south. The sculptures start at this point and you can literally drive up to them. No hiking needed on this adventure. A SUV or a truck comes in handy. Being able to get up close and personal with these sculptures made the trip even more fun.


Our favorite was the dragon sculpture:


The piece was so massive it took up both sides of the road! The way the body curved in and out of the dirt surface reminded us of the Lochness Monster.


The action sculptures were impressive too.


It was a lot of fun hunting down all the sculptures and driving straight up to them. The attraction ends once you’ve passed Yaqui Pass Rd. But the excitement doesn’t have to end there! Anza Borrego Desert State Park is in this area too. Get on over there and do some real off-roading and exploration.

@HikeSnobs Tips:

  • Be care exiting your car when you’re parked next to a sculpture. You might be parked right next to an ant mound. Ew.

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