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44450 CA-79 S

Aguanga, CA 92536

(951) 236-5896
33.446384, -116.887376

Dog-Friendly: Yes   Kid-Friendly: Yes

Hours: 9am-6pm daily


About the Ricardo Breceda Art Gallery

If you’ve ever visited the Anza Borrego Desert, you have quite likely seen the magnificent, metal sculptures that are scattered across the desert floor. From huge mammoths, to dragons and giant sloths, the desert quickly becomes an enchanting land with over 130 sculptures of both ancient and mythological beasts.

The artist behind these sculptures is Ricardo Breceda, who has been creating these beloved pieces for over 25 years. It all began when his daughter, who was 6 at the time, requested her very own dinosaur as a birthday gift after seeing Jurassic Park III.

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Breceda was up for the challenge and decided to trade in a pair of his boots for a welding machine. Within a few weeks the dinosaur was finished, standing at an impressive 20 feet! It didn’t take long for Breceda to realize his true passion and begin treating his love of transforming metal into a career.

Possibly the most exciting part of it all is that not only is Ricardo Breceda still creating beautiful pieces to this day, but his outdoor gallery is located right on the outskirts of San Diego! We took an outing to the back-country one day to see it with our own eyes and visit the man behind it all.

Ricardo was very welcoming when we visited and gave us a tour of his outdoor gallery.  It is an impressive collection to walk through and doesn’t come without an adventure as some of the pieces require a little hiking to get to them.

All sculptures are available for purchase through his gallery and vary in size and price. If you are interested in a custom piece, all that is required is a photo or sketch, and Ricardo can create something a unique just for you.

Here’s the artist himself!

A work in progress:

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    We’d passed his outdoor gallery outside of Temecula (Aguanga) for years and wanted to shop for something to hang on our wall. Breceda met us at the gate and wanted to charge us each $20 to look around and and $10 if we brought our leashed dog inside the gate. JUST TO LOOK AROUND! He said he’d credit us 50% back if we bought something but was not going to let us in to shop until we paid. Never mind. We’ll see his sculptures from the freeways and in the desert for free and find other retailers who buy from the same artisans in Mexico and won’t charge us to shop.

    February 27, 2024

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