Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the largest state park in the western United States and features unsurpassed scenery, beauty and a fascinating geologic and human history. But something more than desert wildflowers are attracting visitors to the Borrego Valley in Southern California. People are visiting from all over the world to view the amazing 130 full-sized metal sculptures that were inspired by creatures that roamed this identical desert millions of years ago.
The Anza Borrego was not always a desert. A million years ago the land contained forests, streams, lakes, and grassy meadows. If you could go back in time and visit here, you could see animals such as the Columbian Mammoth, the giant bird Aiolornis, strange animal called the Gomphothere, and maybe even a Sabertooth Tiger.
These animals are all extinct but thanks to the artwork of Ricardo Breceda, you can see these metal sculptures of these ancient creatures on display in Borrego Springs. Dennis Avery, of the famous “Avery” office supplies, envisioned the idea of having free standing art in his property and commissioned Ricardo Breceda to craft a “creature desert” for all to enjoy.
Another fascinating attraction in the Borrego Badlands is the Pumpkin Patch. These pumpkin size rocks are called “concretions” and were developed over millions of years when sand collected and then hardened around seashells, insects, and other small items.
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