Visiting Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, TX
If you are looking for a true Roadside America iconic stop, Cadillac Ranch is it. On our recent road trip from Florida to the Grand Canyon we decided to make a stop at Cadillac Ranch. It has been on my bucket list for a while and I was not about to drive right past it and not leave my mark.
Rob and I were prepared with our can of neon orange spray paint and we aimed the GPS in the direction of Amarillo. Located just off I 40 (old Route 66) you can see the tailfins from the interstate driving by. Heading westbound we took exit 60. There is no admission and visitors are encouraged (dogs also).
Now regarded as a public art installation, this was not the case in 1974. Many wanted the installation removed calling it an eyesore. In 1997 the installation was quietly moved from 2 miles west due to urban sprawl in the area.
There is a short walk out to the cars from the main roadside parking area. You should bring your own paint. If raining mud can and will get deep and if sunny a hat and water bottle may be a good choice to have handy. Please remember not to litter and unless you are handing can of leftover paint to someone who does not have – please take your/trash to the dumpster just outside pasture gate. Many leave their mark by way of initials, simple images, “tags” knowing that within hours they will be covered over by others visiting. The cars are so thickly covered in paint it is hard to believe they will ever rust and occasionally the cars are repainted a solid color. On our return trip 3 of the cars had been painted a full lime green to leave a blank canvas for new visitors.
I know a visit there just seems silly, but it is a great way to take a break from a long road trip to stretch your legs, leave your mark on a car and get some fun photos. So next time you are near Amarillo, take a few moments and let the kid come out in you.
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For more information on Cadillac Ranch check out http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2220