VW Slug Bug Ranch

Panhandle, Texas

TexasRoadside Attraction

Slug bug! VW Slug Bug Ranch in Panhandle, Texas is a Route 66 roadside attraction that features several of Volkswagen Beetles buried nose deep in a row.

VW Slug Bug Ranch (also referred to as Bug Ranch, VW Ranch, Buggy Farm, or Bug Farm) might not be as famous as its Cadillac counterpart over at Cadillac Ranch down the road, but it is just as fun to visit. The Texas roadside attraction consists of five Volkswagen Beetles buried front first into the ground.

The vehicles once were painted yellow and a sign on site encouraged visitors to sign their name. Today, multi-colored graffiti covers the cars.

The Texas Route 66 attraction was erected in 2002 by the Crutchfield family, who owned the Longhorn Trading Post and Rattlesnake Ranch. They hoped the cars would sway travelers to visit them over other more corporate outfits nearby. Unfortunately, the business closed just a year later in 2003. The buildings laid abandoned and the roadside attraction left unattended.

In November 2022 a new caretaker, Steve Clegg, moved onto the property to look after it. He has done some restoration work, including replacing one of the worse-for-wear cars and converting a building into a gift shop, with more work to come.

As of 2023, this Texas roadside attraction is in transition and may not be open.

Last modified: April 21, 2024
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VW Slug Bug Ranch in Panhandle, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

VW Slug Bug Ranch

I-40 Frontage Rd, Panhandle, TX 79068

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VW Slug Bug Ranch in Panhandle, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction
VW Slug Bug Ranch in Panhandle, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to VW Slug Bug Ranch in Panhandle, Texas, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Watch out for rattlesnakes! They are known to hide in the cars.
  • Efforts are being made to restore the on-site buildings, so please keep your graffiti only on the cars.

Where to Stay Near VW Slug Bug Ranch

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these Route 66 hotels in Amarillo, Texas, just a short drive away from this roadside attraction!

Big Texan Motel

The Big Texan Steak Ranch is best known for its 72-ounce steak challenge. Whether you try to beat the clock for a free meal or not, you can mosey on over across the parking lot to extend your visit at the Big Texan Motel. Attached to the world famous steakhouse, the Big Texan Motel in Amarillo, Texas features 54 units and a Western theme.

The Barfield

The only full-service boutique hotel in Amarillo, The Barfield is housed in the historic Barfield building in the heart of downtown Amarillo. The hotel’s 112 accommodations, feature custom-designed furnishings and luxurious finishes. Enjoy high-speed WiFi, Smart TVs, ergonomic workspaces, and an in-room refreshment center.

Atrea Inn

Atrea Inn is a charming farmhouse boutique hotel. Conveniently located near I-40 and a short drive to the Route 66 historic district in Amarillo, this property boasts a family-friendly courtyard with BBQ pits and a morning breakfast to prepare you for the day on the road.

Enhance your visit to Amarillo with a tour! Whether you love the outdoors, walking tours, or family-friendly adventures, there are plenty of options for everyone.

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