Silver State Sights: International Car Forest of the Last Church

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GOLDFIELD, NV (KOLO) Normally it’s just sagebrush and Joshua trees coming out of the ground in central Nevada, but in the small town of Goldfield, you’ll see something else.

“There is what’s called the International Car Forest of the Last Church,” said Bethany Drysdale of Travel Nevada. “There are trucks and buses and cars planted in the desert, and they are all painted.”

Nevada’s version of Cadillac Ranch is located 4.5 hours from Reno along U.S. 95. It’s on the left hand side at the south end of the town.

“The guy who put it up, he decided he was going to put up a bunch of cars and put art on them,” said Goldfield tour guide Jeri Foutz. “You really have to do some studying to find out what it’s all about.”

The car forest was put together by artists Chad Sorg and Mark Rippie, with the idea of letting artists paint on cars instead of canvases, and as you can see, plenty decided to do so, making it a popular roadside attraction.

“People come from all over the world to see the car forest,” said Foutz, who has been living in Goldfield for over a year now.

Perhaps that lure is why international is in its name.

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