IMG_0242Road Trip #19: Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs

by L. Bremner of DesertRoadTrippin

Imagine driving down Borrego Springs Rd. and something catches your attention.  A dark form in the desert landscape.  You look again and it is big, but it doesn’t seem to be moving.  Then you look again and you realize it is a huge sculpture that has captured your attention.  From the corners of your eyes these large structures can be deceptively realistic.  The forms are prehistoric animals made out of steel by artist/welder Ricardo Breceda of Perris Jurassic Park. The animals are representative of the original inhabitants of Borrego Springs.

sign_1907The  Gomphotherium free-standing art structures were the idea of Dennis Avery, land owner of Galleta Meadows Estates in Borrego Springs.  The art structures are placed in various locations along Borrego Springs Road and Henderson Canyon Road. The sculptures are set in natural areas where the animals appear to be a normal part of the landscape.  It is a beautiful way to display this art and it makes for a more realistic experience when viewing the pieces.

Avery owns the land and welcomes visitors to take a tour of the sculptures. Galleta Meadows Estates is open to the public.    If you look at the red dots on the map below you can see all of the locations where you can view these sculptures.

I would like to  thank Dennis Avery for offering this beautiful art for viewing.  It takes time and funds to build an art park like this and I think it adds something special to the Borrego Springs area!



To view more of the artwork visit the Galleta Meadow Estates Pages on

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Lynn Bremner is the author of, a blog about desert road trips and tips. She started the blog after moving to Indio, CA where she now resides. Now a true desert dweller, Lynn has added in some of her own views on desert living. The heat does not keep her indoors in the summertime. She is out running, golfing or taking short day trips to some of the local points of interest. After years of traveling along the dusty, desert trails with her father, she has come to appreciate the beauty and solitude of the desert landscape. Her father’s passion for prospecting, desert lore and exploring the desert parks took their family to many interesting places, mostly in California, Nevada and Arizona. Lynn now writes about her desert road trips and intertwines a little bit of desert living into the mix.


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