Anza Borrego Metal Sculptures

Borrego Springs, California ( County)

Last Updated: 05/21/2019
4.9 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Status:
Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 11.05 miles
Highest Elevation: 597 feet
Duration: About 4 hours
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Borrego Springs
Nearest Town w/ Services: Borrego Springs
Official Road Name: Metal Sculptures
Management Agency: Anza-Borrega Desert State Park
District: Anza-Borrega Desert State Park

Highlights

Highlight: Anza Borrego Metal Sculptures
Perhaps one of the most unique and talked about features of Anza Borrego isn't the natural beauty but rather the man-made art. In the low desert, a small city named Borrego Springs features some of the most amazing sculptures in North America. Comprised of steel, these sculptures of modern animals, prehistoric dinosaurs, and mythical creatures lace the desert like hidden gems to be found. These sculptures are an amazing mix of craftsmanship, design, and location. The desert background almost makes them look like they are walking next to you. Thus when in the area, explore the desert and let us know what you find. And by all means, please tell us which one is your favorite. Is it the Jeep, Sea Serpent, Phoenix, T-Rex, or something different? There are over a 130 different sculptures in the desert. We can't wait to hear from you soon and see your photos.

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Waypoints

1. Indian Head and Turtles (0 mi)

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Borrego Springs, CA

Most of the trip requires you to drive on highways. The best starting spot is Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs. From there you either go north or south to see the sculptures.

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Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Looking to do a scenic overland trail in Anza Berrega. Coming from Corona, CA. Is there a GPX you can share that will allow me to tackle the scenic routes that are not difficult? E.g. - sculptures, creek crossing, sand stone and wind caves, etc?
–White JK (09/18/2017)
–Josh Noesser (09/18/2017)

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Josh Noesser

Mapping Crew - California

Joshua Noesser grew up in Southern California but has lived in different parts of the country during his young adult life. Josh was first turned to four wheeling when he road with one of his friends dad up Surprise Canyon in the Panamint Valley at age14. After nearly 3 different roll overs later and a half dozen intense waterfalls, Josh was hooked. At 16 he purchased his first Jeep a CJ 7 and by 17 was putting his first locker in it. Currently, Josh is the owner and CEO of Nybble, an IT Solutions Company based in Orange County, California. Nybble isn't your normal IT company where everyone stays in and plays video games. Nybble's average company trip is out on the trails since a good amount of his staff enjoy wheeling too. As Josh likes to say, he offers the only IT Company with the ability to provide services in extreme locations. "If you want a server at the top of The Hammers, we will take care of that for you." Today you can find Josh out on the trail behind the wheel in one of his three different off-road vehicles. See the vehicles below for more information. If you ever run into Josh, please say high, he is a very friendly person and is always happy to have a new person join the group.
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