Cabazon Dinosaurs | Cabazon, CA

Cabazon Dinosaurs
Cabazon, California
May 12th, 2022

Whenever I’m traveling, I’m always looking for interesting roadside attractions to photograph. I always love to document the peculiar things that stand out in the small communities across the country. Well, on May 12th, I got to photograph something that I’ve been wanting to see ever since I was a little kid.

I was out in Temecula to photograph a wedding on the 11th, but I also had to do a portrait session in Palm Springs on the 12th. In between those two communities, one will find the town of Cabazon, California and the Cabazon Dinosaurs.

Now you might be thinking, “I’ve seen these dinosaur statues before”. If you’ve seen Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure or The Wizard (You know, the movie about Nintendo that tried to make the Power Glove something it wasn’t), you’ve seen these statues.

Well, I was one of those kids that watched both movies a lot on top of being a huge dinosaur fan. I always wondered where these statues actually were and how I could see them.

When looking at locations to use for my session in Palm Springs, the Cabazon Dinosaurs kept popping up. I had no idea it was that close to Palm Springs, so I immediately made plans to make a visit en route.

Once I arrived in Cabazon, it was a very bright and very hot afternoon, which I’m guessing is typical of, you know, the Southern California desert in the transition from spring to summer.

I decided to use this look to my advantage and really lean into a vintage presentation for the final images. I wanted the photos to look like old postcards, something you’d find in the gift shop nestled inside the pink brontosaurus statue.

Will I ever find myself back in Cabazon to see these dinosaur statues again? Who knows. I do know that I’m glad I was able to finally get to see these statues after being captivated by them as a child.

Now please enjoy these photos I took of the Cabazon Dinosaurs. Two images have been made available for purchase at prints. You can see them and a whole slew of other prints available by visiting the Official DSmithImages Print Store.