Sunset Sunday at the Cadillac Ranch

Maria returns for another Sunset Sunday guest post from Texas… 

Interstate Highway 40 runs 2,554 miles from Barstow, California, through the Mojave Desert, into Texas, over the Great Smoky Mountains and onward to its final destination, the historic coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina.

I-40 also parallels, and at points overlays, the historic US Route 66.  One such section is just west of Amarillo, Texas where it cuts through acres-upon-acres of cow pastures, wheat fields and… the Cadillac Ranch.

Since 1974 these cars have been an incredible art installation on the immense expanse that is the Texas prairie.  There’s really little else that compares, especially in the way of public art.  Stop and check it out, not just for the amazing range of colors, or to read who loves whom, but to study the rise and fall of the tail-fin.

Property owners have never discouraged the public from walking this area of their land, nor have they attempted to discourage tagging or graffiti – it’s all part of the art and part of the engagement with the cars.

I drove from Austin to Amarillo in one day with the single goal of reaching the Cadillac Ranch before sunset so I could get a few photographs of this amazing, iconic work in naturally dramatic lighting.

I think I did a pretty good job.

Cadillac ranch at sunset by Maria Falvey

-Maria Falvey

Maria is the Founder/Editor of, Maria Falvey… Often in an Accelerated Stall – it’s neither your usual travel blog, nor standard short story anthology- not by any means.  Taking on a unique and quirky view, Maria encapsulates events and observances from her experiences (abroad and in the ‘backyard’) into literary snapshots.  Don’t blink, you might miss it!

Happy Sunset Sunday.  Stay adventurous, Craig

Wonderful video on the History of Cadillac Ranch.


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  • Maria

    Craig, Thanks a million for letting me participate in Sunset Sunday 2014 – it’s such a wonderful feature… can’t wait to see where the sun sets next week. 😀

    • craig zabransky

      Maria, you are SO welcome.. thanks for sharing such a creative and unique sunset… stay adventurous, Craig

  • Mary J. McCoy-Dressel

    I just saw this on TV talking about how people come here for photos and the graffiti. Nice to see this on Stay Adventurous. I love your photo, Maria.

    • craig zabransky

      Mary, sounds like a great road trip to me too… stay adventurous, Craig

    • Maria

      Thanks Mary – you know, out in NW Texas, it’s hard to take a bad photo – the lighting is amazing all day long.

  • TripsByLance

    That’s great. I’d love to see the Cadillac Ranch.

    • craig zabransky

      Lance me too, going to put it on the list… It just seems so Texas to me too… stay adventurous, Craig

    • Maria

      Lance, you really should and if you let me know ahead of time – I’ll gladly show you around.

  • Andi Perullo de Ledesma

    So gorgeous!

    • Maria

      Thanks Andi! Had I thought of it ahead of time, I coulda/shoulda rented a Caddy convertible for the trip. Ha!

  • Green Global Travel

    This picture is fantastic! Amazing picture, Maria! :-)

    • Maria

      Thanks Mary – it was a long haul that day to get there in time but it paid off 😀


    This really is a very cool shot.

    • Maria

      Dan, it such a cool place to be. Although it looks like it’s the middle of nowhere, it’s just outside Amarillo and off the Highway – very surreal setting for art.