Ike's Canyon Ranch

Ike's is 67 acres of remote, high plains desert paradise nestled in the foothills of the Toquima Range in the Monitor Valley in Central Nevada. We are at 7,200 feet elevation, surrounded by national forest and ranch land in America's Great Basin.

The ranch was once a stagecoach stop between Austin and Belmont, NV. The old, now refurbished, stone cabin stagecoach stop is one of our guest accommodations. 

We get our mail and groceries 70 miles away, much of that on a dirt road.

We have no light pollution at all. Visitors see the Milky Way as a great road of stars across the night sky, sometimes for the first time in their lives.

Most people do not believe a place like this still exists.


In 2020 - 21 we offer Zoom Workshops via The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Love Street Writers of Melbourne, Australia, and Hugo House  in Seattle. See the workshops.


Front steps


In 2021, all summer guests will have access to the new pottery shop.


Workshop Leader

Robin McLean was a lawyer and then a potter for 15 years in the woods of Alaska before receiving her MFA at the UMass Amherst. Her first short story collection Reptile House won the BOA Fiction Prize and was named as one of the best books of 2015 in Paris Review.

Robin's debut novel and second collection of short stories are forthcoming from And Other Stories.

She teaches writing at Ike's and around the world with High Plains Writing, also with The Loft of Minneapolis and Love Street Writers of Melbourne Australia.

In 2021, all Ike's summer guests will have access to the new  pottery shop.


Contact us for groups.

Jerry, Tommie, Gunner

You may not be able to imagine a place where you can wake up with a thought and keep it, work it, savor it all day without interruption. But you now have the opportunity to visit such a place

Jerry Elkins, Proprietor, Ike's Canyon Ranch

Bed and Breakfast

Everyone is welcome at Ike's. We are a B & B when the writers aren't here. Book the ranch at www.wildhorsesafari.com.

From the porch

Best place on earth to write

Mailing address:

PO Box 847

Eureka, NV 89316

Physical address:

3350 Ike's Canyon Road

Manhattan, NV 89022