Elmer's Bottle Tree Ranch

Oro Grande, California

CaliforniaRoadside Attraction

You won’t be able to bottle up your excitement over this unique Route 66 roadside attraction: Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande, California.

As a young child, Elmer Long (10/8/1946 – 6/22/2019) accompanied his father on missions to patrol the desert collecting a range of what others might constitute as junk. At the heart of this collection were thousands of discarded glass bottles. When his father passed away, Elmer inherited the large collection of the glass.

Struck with inspiration in 2000, Long decided to create a bottle tree: a coat rack like object with glass bottles protruding out from an inner metal trunk. He installed his artwork on his property on Route 66 near Oro Grande, California. What started as one tree grew and grew and the collection of glass bottles soon became a collection of glass bottle trees.

Now there are 200 of these glass bottle trees planted in a garden for all visitors to see.

Visit this California Route 66 roadside attraction to walk through a forest of glass bottle trees. The multi-colored bottles spill over, reflecting the sunlight and creating wind chime melodies in the breeze. Mixed in among the glass are other junkyard treasures, like street signs, replica rifles, typewriters, sewing machines, traffic signals, rakes, car doors, lanterns, and wheels.

Sadly, Elmer Long passed away from lung cancer on June 22, 2019 at the age of 72. For now, though its future is uncertain, the Bottle Tree Ranch lives on in his memory, looked after by his son, Elliot.

Last modified: April 21, 2024
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24266 National Trails Hwy, Oro Grande, CA 92368


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Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande, California, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Admission to this California roadside attraction is free, but donations are accepted at the “Wishing Well.”
  • Parking is available along the side of the road and on a dirt patch to the right of the gate.
  • With glass bottles comes broken glass. Wear closed toed shoes and avoid bringing your pets to this California Route 66 roadside attraction.

Where to Stay Near Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch in Oro Grande, California

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these California Route 66 motels. Bottle Tree Ranch is located about halfway between Victorville and Barstow, so look for accommodation in one of those towns.

Route 66 Motel

The Route 66 Motel in Barstow is a retro 1922 motel best recognized for its classic neon sign. The budget motel features simple rooms with free WiFi, satellite TV, microwaves, and mini-fridges. Select rooms even have round beds! Outside look for Instagram worthy photo ops with murals and antique cars.

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