Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch – Oro Grande, California – Route 66

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch – Oro Grande, California – Route 66

A Whimsical Wonderland

In January of 2017, I was riding my motorcycle on a solo trip through California. I followed a leg of Route 66 back towards Los Angeles. That’s where I learned about Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch.

Route 66 Sign in Oro Grande California

January 2, 2017, was a gray morning, I cruised along Route 66 through Oro Grande, California on a rented Triumph Tiger 800. Amongst the dusty scrub, I rolled up to an oasis.

Welcome to Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

Motorcycle road trip Elmer's bottle tree ranch route 66

The ranch was an unassuming place. When I pulled up and parked it almost felt like I was trespassing. I wondered if I could just walk in? Or if I needed to pay? Or how this all worked. But, there was no one there but me.

I figured, what the hell and made my way towards an opening in the fence. The welcome sign quelled my fears about trespassing.

welcome sign at Elmers Bottle Tree Ranch in California

Yup, I had the place to myself. I silently walked among the bottle trees listening to the wind make squeaking, tinkling music across the assemblages.

Elmer's bottle tree ranch - motorcycle road trip

My only wish? That the sun was out. Seeing the light reflecting through the different colored glass must be magical on a bright blue day.

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Aside from the bottles themselves, the bottle trees are also adorned with found objects and other assemblages.

old cash register at Elmer's bottle tree ranch
motorcycle road trip to elmers bottle tree ranch

You know I couldn’t help but smile to see a hat tip to motorcycling.

old gas pump at Elmers Bottle Tree Ranch in California

A lovely Coco-Cola relic.

Coca-Cola sign at the Bottle Tree Ranch in California on a motorcycle road trip of route 66

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is definitely a place to get your kicks on Route 66.

route 66 sign at elmers bottle tree ranch

A forest of beautiful bottle trees.

bottle trees at elmers bottle tree ranch

Listen for the hypnotic twinkling sounds of the ranch:

 

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Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch
24266 National Trails Hwy,
Oro Grande, CA 92368
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One Reply to “Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch – Oro Grande, California – Route 66”

  1. Taking a ride along Route 66 has always been something on my bucket list. Appreciate the pictures, sounds like it was an awesome ride.

    BTW – Nice bike to rent!

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