“Elmer's folk art forest”
One of the coolest road-side attractions along historic route 66, the Bottle Tree Ranch is a definite spot to pull over and check out, night or day. Anyone is welcome to come and take a peak at the vintage bottle installation, and if you're lucky you might get to shake hands with the man who started it all. Created by local artist Elmer Long, the bottle tree ranch has over 200 'trees' covered in bottles he collected as a kid when he and his father would venture out into the desert and collect 'anything they could find'. But it's not just bottles you'll find while exploring the endless pathways, some other treasures include signs, bird feeders, gas pumps, furniture, cars, firearms, bicycles, just to name a few. Years after collecting his horde of odd finds, Elmer decided to decorate nearly every inch of his property in beautiful clinking, recycled color. This whimsical and re-purposed destination has continued to be talked about and dearly loved, much like the artist who created it.
I really loved this little spot. Elmore is so friendly and talked with the kids about following your dreams and doing what you love. It's a great place to visit.
Loved this place, it was created with love and compassion. The artist was very sweet and stopped to talk to everyone who came through
I grew up right down the street from here! Although it is a feast for the eyes, one of the best things you can do is close your eyes on a breezy day and hear everything going on. It sounds like the wind chimes your g'ma had. Love it!
This place was a fun and surreal stop. Elmer was great to talk to-but don't call him an "artist." He's more comfortable with the title of "collector." Whatever you call it, I think it's awesome!!!
Definitely, worth the mini detour (on our way to the Grand Canyon). Spent about 15 min total (many many pictures).
It was very interesting and a great photo opp...we enjoyed the art!
It's -0 miles away from I15, very small place like someone's front yard... Good place.
It was fun to see once. A lot of effort went in to this place. Didn't run in to the owner and spent about 20 minutes there just walking around and checking the different trees out. I'm undecided if it's worth the detour off the 15. I think it's something that kids would more enjoy.
Such a nice little roadside stop with a few different antique shops along the route to it as well!
A wonderful little roadside stop, and a great excuse to hop off the interstate and onto old Route 66 for a bit. As others have noted, the sounds are as enjoyable as the sights. Definitely worth a detour if you have the time.
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