Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is a point of interest along the National Trails Highway in Oro Grande, California near what used to be Route 66. It is an outdoor gallery of sorts that was put together by a man named Elmer Long on his private property. It consists of mainly old glass bottles on poles made to look like trees, as well as other old signs, power poles, rusted items and a few skulls that Elmer gathered from the surrounding desert.
This is a great place to stop and stretch your legs if you are driving past, we stopped here on our drive from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and ate our lunch here.
The mixture of different items and nick-nacks provides something fun to explore and there are a lot of great photos you can take here.
When we visited there were only other tourists but some people have been able to meet Elmer and his wife. They sound like really interesting people to talk to if you get the chance.
How do I get there and when should I go?
The best way to get here is driving, either coming from a nearby location or on your way through town. There is plenty of room for parking just off the road.
There is no entry cost however there is a tip box if you would like to give a few dollars.
While anytime is fine to visit, the ranch is all outdoors so consider the weather. We were there at midday on a very warm day so we didn’t stay as long as we would have liked as we wanted to get back to the air conditioned car. I have also seen some really pretty sunset shots so this could be a good time to go.
Anything else to note?
There are no toilet facilities here so plan to go before or after.
There are bits of glass and metal sticking out all over the place so just pay attention where you are walking, especially if you are visiting with young children
Have you been to the Bottle Tree Ranch?