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Borrego Springs and the Galleta Meadows is a Perfect Day Trip from the Coachella Valley

Galleta Meadows Estate

Borrego Springs, California

Along a California highway is a kind of Jurassic Park made of metal.  

Galleta Meadows

Borrego Springs Road
Borrego Springs, California, 92004
United States

33.2877, -116.3755

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Map to the sculptures
Ride by Bike – Map to the sculptures


Pegleg Smith Monument 4.48 miles

Font’s Point7.70 miles

Eagle and High Peak Mine19.07 miles

Sprinkled throughout the small town of Borrego Springs are over 130 of these meticulously crafted metal sculptures.

Elephants, raptors, mammoths, sloths, and saber-toothed tigers prowl the desert off Borrego Springs Road north and south of the town proper.

From ground-hugging desert tortoises to rearing horses, each rust-colored sculpture is filled with intricate detail–from the curling eyelashes of 10-foot high elephants to the shaved metal fur of the equally imposing sloths.

As large as these sculptures are, they can be tricky to find. The Galleta Meadows Estate has Elephants, sloths, camels, and raptors that roam the roads north off Borrego Springs Road toward Henderson Canyon Road. South of Borrego Springs, Borrego Springs Road becomes S-3 as it slides toward Ocotillo Wells. Wild horses and raptors border the highway here before Yaqui Pass Road.

Know Before You Go

Borrego Springs is two hours east of San Diego. From North County, take Hwy. 78 east to the park. Printed maps are available from the Borrego Springs Library, The Anza-Borrego Foundation, and the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association.

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