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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.

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It's so quiet here we can think.


Fall 2022

Robin McLean, the Ike's workshop leader, will be cruising about the US and UK this fall iwith the launch of her second collection of stories, Get'em Young, Treat'em Tough, Tell'em Nothing (also the paperback launch of her critically acclaimed novel, Pity the Beast.)


Tour dates here. 


But she'll be leading fall workshops online through Hugo House in Seattle:

August 13 

"Time as a Tool for Tension in Fiction"


Sept 18

 "Character as Action"


October 2 & 9 

"Booker Prize Book Club"


Contact Robin

for more info

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"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."

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Jerry Elkins, writer 

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