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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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Our Mission 

the slideshow

It's so quiet here we can think.


In 2021, Robin McLean will be leading Zoom Workshops via Hugo House  in Seattle, The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and Love Street Writers of Melbourne, Australia .

Front steps

J M Coetzee says of Pity the Beast

‘Not since Faulkner have I read American prose so bristling with life and particularity.’

Pity the Beast is the debut novel of Ike's Co-founder and workshop leader, Robin McLean.

It is a Millions Most-Anticipated Book of Fall 2021.
Read reviews of the book, here.

Pre-order at And Other Stories




or Sundance Books in Reno, our local bookstore: 

Or your Local Independent Bookstore

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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, Proprietor of

Ike's Canyon Ranch  

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Brief introductions


writer / teacher

potter / lawyer /




All summer guests starting in 2021 will have access to the new pottery shop.

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


Contact us for groups.

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From the porch

Best place on earth to write


Bed and Breakfast

Everyone is welcome at Ike's. We are a B & B when the writers aren't here.


Book at www.wildhorsesafari.com.