Ike’s Canyon Ranch

Perched in the foothills of the Alta-Toquima Mountains, south of the Loneliest Road in America between Austin and Eureka in the wide-open Monitor Valley, settle into this off-the-grid ranch retreat to hit the reset button, get in on writing retreats, and really see what rural Nevada is all about. Discover adventure around every corner in a wild place like Monitor Valley, with some of the state’s best access to 19th century gold and silver mining ghost towns, ancient petroglyphs, fossils, rockhounding, and unusual geology, wild horses and other unbeatable wildlife viewing, all beneath some of the darkest skies in the Lower 48 states. 

Nestled in the heart of wide-open Monitor Valley near the geographic center of Nevada, discover a world of wildlife, dark skies, and some of the state’s best outdoor adventure amid Old West tradition hospitality at Ike’s Canyon Ranch.

Whether you’re in this region of Nevada to summit Mt. Jefferson and see the Alta-Toquima Wilderness Area, explore Belmont Ghost Town and one of the best Sagebrush Saloons in the Silver State, or simply a place to really get away from it all, Ike’s unforgettable overnight accommodations has got you covered. A historic property that’s been part of the Monitor Valley story for many years, the ranch can comfortably accommodate six people. Choose from two private bedrooms in the main house with shared bathrooms across the hall, or settle into the Tack Room, a one cot cabin beyond the main house. Or, reserve The Stone Cabin for a charming stay in a historic stone building that’s been on the ranch property for decades. All guests will have access to shared restrooms, a modern kitchen, and WiFi. 

Writing Retreats & Workshops

Seasonally available each summer from June through October, writers from all corners of the globe flock to Ike’s Canyon Ranch to take advantage of in-depth workshops and residencies for writers of all skill levels. Hosted by esteemed author Robin McLean, the High Plains Desert Writers Retreat is maintained by writers for writers who are just starting out, experienced authors drawing inspiration from one of the best places on earth to work, and everyone in between. For more information on Ike’s Canyon Writers Retreat, get in touch with the property directly at (775) 761-7777.


Ike’s Canyon Ranch is open and welcomes guests year round. For more information on the ranch property, current rates and booking, get in touch with Ike’s Canyon Ranch directly at (775) 761-7777.

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North Central, Nevada




North Central