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, this off-the-grid ranch retreat is an ideal place to hit the reset button and really see what rural Nevada is all about. Discover adventure around every corner, with some of the state’s best access to 19th-century gold and silver mining ghost towns, ancient petroglyphs, fossils, rockhounding, unusual geology, wild horse and burro herds, and other unbeatable wildlife viewing, all beneath some of the darkest skies in the lower 48. 

Nestled wide-open Monitor Valley, smack-dab in the wild heart of the Silver State, amenities at Ike’s Canyon Ranch include abundant wildlife, star-studded skies, and some of the state’s best outdoor adventure amid Old West hospitality.

Reasons to visit this slice of the Silver State span the spectrum. Nearby you’ll find trails up to towering Mt. Jefferson and see the Alta-Toquima Wilderness Area, the fascinating Belmont Ghost Town (home to one of the best Sagebrush Saloons in the sate), and an endless network of dirt roads dippin in and out of picturesque canyons and open valley. A historic property that’s been part of the Monitor Valley story for many years, the ranch can comfortably accommodate six people. Check into two private bedrooms in the main house with shared bathrooms across the hall; settle into the Tack Room, a one-cot cabin beyond the main house; or rock into 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 Wi-Fi. 

Writing Retreats & Workshops

Seasonally available each summer from June through October, in-depth workshops and residencies for writers of all skill levels attract writers from all corners of the globe. 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