Side view of the colorful Cadillacs buried into the ground at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo Texas and Route 66.

The Ultimate Cadillac Ranch Guide: Amarillo, Texas

Cadillac Ranch is a fun and colorful roadside attraction near historic Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas. This Cadillac Ranch Guide will tell you everything you need to know before you stop. Oh and it’s definitely worth a stop to snap a few fun pictures and leave your unique mark in spray paint on the cars! (Cadillac Ranch is otherwise referred to as the Cadillac Graveyard.) The unique attraction has been there since 1974 drawing both tourists and locals alike.

There are many other fun and kitschy things to do in Amarillo. Amarillo is a popular destination if you catch yourself in the Texas panhandle.  Let’s review some of the key details in this Cadillac Ranch Guide that you should be prepared with before you visit this popular highway attraction.

Cadillac Ranch Guide: Things to know before Visiting Cadillac Ranch Amarillo, TX

It’s free!

It’s free to visit! There is no admission fee to check out the 10 different makes and models of Cadillacs that are buried in the ground located in the Texas panhandle.

Open 24/7

Cadillac Ranch is open to the public and you can visit at any time of day or night. However, I wouldn’t recommend visiting too late into the night when it’s dark as there aren’t any lights illuminating the area. I mean, you actually want to see the spray-painted Cadillacs, right?

Plenty of parking

There is plenty of parking lining the entrance with the wide dirt shoulders on the side of the frontage road. As you exit your vehicle and make your way to the cars, you’ll notice that the entrance to the roadside attraction is just a gap in some pipe fencing. (It’s really not fancy.) But it is a sight to be seen!

No restrooms

Don’t chug a huge water bottle or soda before visiting as you’ll have to hold it if nature calls! There aren’t any bathrooms available for use onsite. As long as you know this in advance, be sure to use the facilities elsewhere before visiting. 

All 10 of the Cadillac car nose in the ground from a far at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo Texas.

No shade

Especially if you’re planning on visiting in the middle of the summer (July/August) Cadillac Ranch has zero shade available. (Unless you want to huddle up super close to one of the vehicles, which I wouldn’t recommend because you’d probably be covered in spray paint.)

Be sure to prepare yourself for a visit by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to prevent sunburn. Visiting during the middle of the day when the sun is highest in the sky also elevates that risk. Even when I visited in October later in the afternoon it was hot and sunny.

Clean up

Even though others may have left their trash lying around, do not litter! Many people will leave spray paint cans with paint still in them for others to use but if you come across an empty can there is a dumpster near the entrance to the attraction and picking up and keeping the area tidy for all would be a much appreciated gesture. 

colorful spray painted dumpsters outside of Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo Texas

Spray paint

You have to bring your own spray paint if you plan on leaving your mark on the Cadillacs. There typically are cans of leftover paint that others leave near the cars that you can use. But, if you want a specific color be sure to bring it with you! 

There is a lot of spray painting along the street and other places nearby other than just on the cars. Just because it’s encouraged on the cars doesn’t mean it’s ok everywhere. Be respectful.

Your marks are fleeting

Cadillac Ranch is a unique and interactive artwork roadside exhibit where visitors are encouraged to spray paint the abandoned cars that are embedded in the ground. Over the years, the cars have become a colorful canvas for self-expression, and the visitors have contributed to the rich history of this iconic roadside attraction.

Your paint, artwork, and marks left may last for minutes, hours, or days. But just know your contribution to Cadillac Ranch will always be remembered as part of its ever-changing history. I encourage you to continue supporting and appreciating this unique art installation, even as it evolves day by day making it a unique stop for any road trip.

Don’t get too close

I wouldn’t recommend leaning up against or touching the Cadillacs. Since this popular attraction sees many visitors daily with spray bottles in hand, you have no idea how fresh some of the colorful paint may be. 

It would be a shame to get it on your clothes or anything else so be cautious around the cars so the paint doesn’t transfer onto you and you become the artwork.

woman holding out spray paint bottle by one of the spray painted cars at Cadillac Ranch in Texas
After this photo, I ended up with paint on my hand! Oops

Have fun with it

Cue up Chris LeDoux’s 90’s country banger as you drive to Cadillac Ranch. It’s a fun and lighthearted art exhibit and attraction. Don’t take it too seriously and have fun while visiting but also still be respectful.

Location: Where is Cadillac Ranch?

Cadillac Ranch is located on the Historic Route 66 on the outskirts of the Texas city of Amarillo. The exact Cadillac Ranch Texas address is 13651 I-40 Frontage Rd, Amarillo, TX. Take exit 60 off of I-40 to the frontage road. The entrance is along this frontage road.

This art installation is nestled amidst the rolling expanse of a golden cornfield, this captivating art installation stands as a testament to the harmonious blend of nature and creativity.

Getting There:

As a popular roadside attraction in Texas, driving is the only option for getting here. If you’re taking a longer road trip across historic Route 66, this drive is highly recommended to get the most out of the stunning surrounding landscape and the freedom to explore at your own pace. There are many roadside attractions on Route 66.

Conveniently situated alongside the road, there is ample parking available for your vehicle, ensuring a hassle-free and quick visit. 

Route 66

While in Amarillo, you might as well cruise to the historic Route 66 area to snap a few pictures of the sign and peruse the unique antique stores that line the street. This area of Amarillo has many historic restaurants, shops, and even some great colorful murals. 

The kitschy but fun bright yellow exterior orf the Big Texan Steakhouse located in Amarillo Texas along Route 66.
Another popular stop along Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas

FAQs: Cadillac Ranch Guide

What are the Cadillac Ranch hours in Amarillo, Texas?

Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. So it never closes! It will be busiest during the daylight hours as most visitors want to snap some photos and check out the colorful spray paint art on the cars or even add their unique flair. I wouldn’t recommend visiting Cadillac Ranch at night.

How much time do you need at Cadillac Ranch?

Plan on at least 30 minutes. Unless you really want to linger, take many different photos, and soak in the experience it’s a relatively quick roadside stop. We waited the longest for people to move to not be in our photos more than anything! I wouldn’t expect to spend hours here.

Is Cadillac Ranch worth visiting?

Yes! Cadillac Ranch is worth visiting as it’s an iconic American roadside attraction on Route 66. Especially if you’re in the area it’s a free and quick stop so what do you have to lose to check it out? Also, visit The Big Texan Steakhouse and explore the historic portion of Route 66 will make a great half-day adventure.

What’s the best time to visit Cadillac Ranch?

Although it’s open all the time, it’s best to visit during daylight hours. Daylight hours will vary depending on the time of year. But, generally speaking during the week in the middle of the day is the least busy time for visiting. Weekends and evenings are going to be busier. 

How many Cadillacs are buried at the Cadillac Ranch?

There are a total of ten Cadillacs buried nose first in the ground at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo. All are authentic Cadillac vehicles. The makes and models are from years 1949 through 1963 since the installation was completed in 1974. They all are older junk cars showing the evolution of the Cadillac body style.

Historic route 66 6th street Amarillo sign in Amarillo, Texas.

Final Thoughts: Cadillac Ranch Guide 

If you’re driving the historic Route 66 on a road trip, the Cadillac Ranch is a must-stop. Additionally, if you’re in the panhandle of Texas hiking in Palo Duro Canyon State Park or just spending time in Amarillo, Cadillac Ranch is a quick but fun stop you cannot miss!

The best part is if you visit Cadillac Ranch one time or many times, you will always have Cadillac Ranch original photos. No photo truly will be the same as the artwork changes and evolves on the cars by the minute. How’s that for a unique destination?

Even if you’re just passing through, take some time to check it out.  I hope this Cadillac Ranch Guide helped you to prepare for your visit! I moved to Texas in 2022 (my husband was born here) and we’ve since been exploring many different parts of our vast home state. Check out my other Texas Travels including tips and itineraries for more inspiration and travel planning.

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