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“A Great Experience In A Great Location-Brian H.”
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Wild Horse Safaris
Ranked #23 of 151 Specialty Lodging in Nevada
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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
1 review
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“A Great Experience In A Great Location-Brian H.”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

While working in central Nevada for several months, I had the pleasure of staying at the ranch for extended periods. The scenery, the accommodations, and the host are second to none. Located in a remote area with abundant wildlife and rugged mountains, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking/riding/exploring. The ranch is well designed, built and handles all the needs plus more that one may have. Jerry Elkins is a great guy, trustworthy, and never in shortage of offering a story or two that will captivate any audience. After enjoying a beautiful sunrise on the wrap-around deck, a days worth of exploring Central Nevada, and sunset like no other, a million stars come at night to play. Whether it be hiking, horseback riding, or just going for a drive, the 1000's of acres will not leave you disappointed. Jerry helps provide a great time in a great location. I'm looking forward to going back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Orono, Maine
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Reviewed March 11, 2014

I worked in central Nevada and stayed with Jerry off and on for several months. I've done a lot of traveling in the American West, and this is without a doubt one of my favorite spots. It is a remote area with beautiful rugged mountains, and the ranch is a perfect fit. It is very well-built and comfortable without seeming excessive for the setting. If that weren't enough, Jerry is an awesome guy! Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Prince George, British Columbia
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

I stayed with Jerry at the ranch and had an absolute blast for the duration of the stay (pretty much an entire summer)! I made so many memories there that I'll carry with me for the rest of my life.

The first thing you notice about the ranch in Ike's Canyon is it's beauty and the second is how quiet the area is--great for sleeping and relaxing. You're in the middle of a valley with hardly any neighbors, except for antelope, wild horses and burros, elk, mule deer, coyotes, and a myriad of bird species (so for you desert birders, this would be great). Ike's canyon was easily accessible by truck or horse (and I wish I had taken my bike with me).

Getting up into the mountains and back down into the valley is pretty much a dream, especially for those interested in scenic vistas and/or wildlife. At night the stars are endless, especially from the natural hot springs hot tub, and fire flies (yes, seriously, fire flies) dot the landscape.

On the ranch you can hang with the animals--several horses, Penny and Pixie the donkeys, Bonnet the friendliest dog in the world, and if he's still kickin', Lance the goat. Also at the ranch you can take advantage of the pond on a hot day and slide right into it, or even just paddle around it for a bit. Plus, at night you might even find yourself in the saloon and if you're lucky enough you'll have the company of some of the "locals." They're some of the nicest folks anywhere.

The accommodations in the home are cozy and quiet. The kitchen and dining room provide a great place to share a meal or play cards, but the veranda and the back patio are really great places to make memories and enjoy the beauty of the national forest that abuts the property.

As soon as I can, I'm heading back there. It's definitely a place I want to share with my friends and family and you will too... so what are you waiting for?!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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Staten Island, New York
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

We spent 5 days with Jerry at the Brass Ring Ranch over the July 4th week. Jerry was a warm and welcoming host who was so incredibly knowledgeable about the area, its history, and whatever other random questions we threw at him. He left the schedule completely up to us, so we were able to do as little or as much as we wanted.

Accommodations: Reading about how remote the ranch was, and that it was completely off the grid, we weren't quite sure what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised to find an absolutely lovely log cabin with all the modern comforts of home. Our room was beautifully decorated with a comfortable king size bed and a private bathroom right across the hall.

Animals: We are animal lovers, so the highlight of the trip was being able to spend time with the menagerie of 4-legged creatures who share the ranch with Jerry. Every one of them is friendly, with their own unique personalities. From Bonnet the dog who greeted us every morning with a tongue-bath and enthusiastic tail wagging show, to Mei the cat who thought she was a dog and would lie in the middle of the hallway hoping for a belly rub, to the 5 horses and 2 donkeys who eagerly gathered for apple treats whenever we went to the corral.

Activities: We got the opportunity to spend an entire morning on a horseback riding trip up into the canyon. The horses hadn't been ridden in a while, so were a bit "barn sour" at first, but once we got out of view of the ranch they perked right up and we had a great ride. Jake was so sweet and patient despite my being pretty much a beginner rider, and Captain was so spirited and well-matched for my New Yorker husband. The views on the ride were like none we've ever seen before, with the terrain changing at every turn.

Jerry also took us out hiking. We got to see his abandoned silver mine, petroglyphs, amazing views, and magical forest clearings. And every night we ended with a trip down to the hot mineral water springs for a soak under the stars, serenaded by cows.

We also spent a day in Belmont, the ghost town 40 miles away, participating in the July 4th festivities. There was a cute parade, a fun auction, and lots of activity at the 2 bars in town. The locals were so incredibly warm and friendly. And be sure to visit the two shops in town - Sticks & Stones, and Susie's Attic - for a unique souvenir of the trip.

It was a truly wonderful experience, and we would love to go back.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bridgeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

Jerry and Rebecca are very hospitable and really nice people. You can do as much or as little as you like at the Brass Ring - if you want to enjoy the peace and quiet the scenery is breathtaking or if you want to hike there is plenty of area to explore. Food is good and the beds are comfy. We enjoyed our stay and wouldn't hesitate to go back the next time we get to Nevada.
The Husbands - New Jersey

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 6, 2009

We spent four days with Jerry and Rebecca at the Horse & Fly Ranch. This stay was near the start of our month long road trip around the South Western States. The ranch is very remote, by UK standards, and nestles at the mouth of a canyon within the truly wonderful Monitor mountain valley. With the nearest town at least 40 miles away, eating out in the normal sense is not possible. However every day Rebecca provided really good breakfasts and evening meals for us. We did ‘eat out’ on the first night, around a campfire several miles further up the canyon and under a clear star filled sky !

We could have just relaxed during our stay, certainly a pleasant option, but we took up Jerry’s kind and enthusiastic offer to explore the Monitor and adjacent valleys. Without his expert local knowledge of their wildlife and history, travelling alone we would have missed so much. During our days we went on a day hike into the canyon up to 10,000 feet, and many shorter hikes to old mine workings, petroglyphs and homesteads abandoned long ago. We drove and hiked for two days in the valleys, back roads and hills and never passed another vehicle or living soul. Just fleeting encounters with wild horses, antelope … just wonderful.

At the end of the day, there is always a visit to the nearby (six miles) natural hot springs to soak away the muscle aches from the day’s climbing, hiking or horse riding. A visit to the Horse & Fly Ranch would not be complete without a horse ride. This was our very first close encounter with equines; namely Jake and Joe. They proved to be exceedingly tolerant of our total inexperience at mounting, moving off and stopping !

We were lucky enough with the weather conditions to take an evening balloon flight which took us high across the valley floor towards the next valley, with twilight changing into moonlight and then almost complete darkness. For the flight we were joined by their nearest neighbours from ranches 20 or so miles away. In the few days we were there we seemed to met many of the handful of valley residents; such a wonderful community. Some evenings Rebecca would play her guitar and sing to us; she is very talented.

We were of course sad to leave, but such was the impression our stay made on us that another day did not pass on our holiday without recount of some memorable and amusing ‘Jerry & Rebecca’ Horse & Fly Ranch story or experience. We would most certainly want to return !

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Verdi, NV
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Reviewed September 10, 2009

We are a group of three couples who travel throughout Nevada and stay at ranches, bed and breakfasts, and occasionally motels. We like to explore the Nevada mountains on ATV while enjoying the hospitality of Nevada ranches. Jerry and Rebecca of the Horse and Fly are by far the most accomodating and friendly hosts we have met. The food is superb and home cooked. Our lunches were packed each day as we left for the mountains. We enjoyed Rebecca's guitar and singing at night as well as trips to the natural hot springs. Jerry took us on a tour of his silver mine and provided detailed directions each day on areas to explore. They built their new home over the last few years and it is beautifiul. We plan on returning...

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
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Property: Wild Horse Safaris
Address: Ike's Canyon, Central Nevada, NV 89000
Location: United States > Nevada
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Ranked #23 of 151 Specialty Lodging in Nevada
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We provide a family-friendly destination vacation, or an unforgettable 'stop-over' in the heart of Cowboy Country. Immerse yourself in a pristine, natural setting. History, wild horses, gold mines, ghost towns, 12,000' peaks, alpine meadows, swimming, porch setting, star gazing, elk, hiking, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, antelope, hot springs, fossils, gems and lots of clean, pure fresh mountain air. Meals prepared to your preferences. No lines, no strangers; just authentic friendly hospitality. ... more   less 

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