Galleta Meadows Estate

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The sand dragon sculpture at sunrise at Borrego Springs, CA.

Galleta Meadows Estate is privately-owned desert estate land that consists of many separate plots in Borrego Springs, California and that features over 130 large metal art sculptures.[1] The sculptures were created by Southern California artist Ricardo Breceda via commission from Dennis Avery, the owner of Galleta Meadows.[2] Now deceased and an heir to the Avery label fortune, Mr. Avery located the sculptures on land he purchased for conservation.[1][3]

Galleta Meadows is unfenced and open to the public for visitation, including hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, photography, and bicycling every day of the year.[4]. Borrego Springs is a village completely surrounded by the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, the largest state park in California.

The Galleta Meadows metal sculptures have different themes.[5] The largest theme appears to be of prehistoric animals, including dinosaurs. Other themes have a connection to the desert environment in which they are located, such as desert animals, including scorpions and bighorn sheep. There is also at least one religious sculpture of a priest carrying a cross through the desert. There is also an approximately 350-foot long dragon that gives the illusion of it snaking into and over top the desert sand.

Sculpture of a scorpion vs. a bug
Priest and Cross


  1. ^ a b "Borrego Springs, Ca Ricardo Breceda's 130 full-sized metal art sculptures". Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  2. ^ "Galleta Meadows Estate". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Dennis Avery dies at 71; heir to label fortune, philanthropist". Los Angeles Times. July 27, 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Galleta Meadows Estate photos". Yelp. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  5. ^ "Galleta Meadows Metal Sculptures in Borrego Springs". California ThroughMy Lens. Retrieved 4 January 2018.

Coordinates: 33°17′16″N 116°22′32″W / 33.2877°N 116.3755°W / 33.2877; -116.3755