Anza Borrego Metal Sculptures

Borrego Springs, California ( County)

Last Updated: 05/21/2019
4.9 / 5 ( 8 reviews )
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Nearby Trails
Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 9.6 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
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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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Route Information

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Waypoints

1. Indian Head and Turtles (0 mi)

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 33.301462, -116.385617

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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Trail Reviews (9)

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Awesome drive. Definitely not an off road trail but it’s a great place to explore and take a break from the trails. Highly recommend if you need to stop in Berrego Springs.

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More of a road than a trail. Super super easy to get to and sculptures are right off the road. Our fav was the serpent. Really cool to see. New Years weekend was busy.

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Super easy. Everything is easy to get to. You can drive up to the sculptures and they are quite elaborate. They are also close to the town so you can gas up and get ice cream if needed.

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All sculptures are open to drive into... all "side routes" are closed. Seems like they are making it so only one access point is available for each sculpture vs multiple access points.

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A must see while you're in Anza Borrego DSP. Very cool and fascinating sculptures! You can drive and or walk close to the metal sculptures.

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Very cool spot to check out while in Anza! Perfect way to kick off a day or end a day of wheeling in the canyons!

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We went out and enjoyed the awesomeness of this area. These are soo cool!!!

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Loved the sculptures! Lots of fun after running nearby trails.

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)

Writer Information

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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