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Bottle Tree Ranch

24266 National Trails Hwy, Oro Grande, California 92368 USA

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  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
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“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. 

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Reviewed by
jeny.moreno

  • 1 Review
  • 7 Helpful
June 16, 2014

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.

7 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kellie.hopstein

  • 4 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
July 26, 2014
Rated 5.0

Loved this place, it was created with love and compassion. The artist was very sweet and stopped to talk to everyone who came through

6 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
RoxieJeeps

  • 19 Reviews
  • 18 Helpful
August 12, 2014
Rated 5.0

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!

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
debphares

  • 1 Review
  • 4 Helpful
July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

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!!!

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
julesonroadtrip

  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
June 13, 2014

Definitely, worth the mini detour (on our way to the Grand Canyon). Spent about 15 min total (many many pictures).

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Nielc12

  • 2 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
February 17, 2014

It was very interesting and a great photo opp...we enjoyed the art!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Ritesh

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
January 01, 2016
Rated 4.0

It's -0 miles away from I15, very small place like someone's front yard... Good place.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
bjdavids649

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
January 31, 2015
Rated 3.0

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.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
tuckere

  • 3 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
May 01, 2017
Rated 5.0

Such a nice little roadside stop with a few different antique shops along the route to it as well!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Steve Sandke

  • 3 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
May 30, 2016
Rated 5.0

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.

1 person found this review helpful

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Bottle Tree Ranch

24266 National Trails Hwy
Oro Grande, California
92368 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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