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“Big country, but we found a fantastic part of it”
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Wild Horse Safaris
Ranked #23 of 151 Specialty Lodging in Nevada
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Cumbria, UK
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“Big country, but we found a fantastic part of it”
Reviewed July 12, 2009

We are just back from a 17 day tour of Utah, Arizona and Nevada, and have seen some amazing sights, not least Monument Valley which, I think, is unlike any other place in the world. However, we managed to leave the best place to stay until last. After a long, but suprisingly easy drive from Bryce Canyon over to Tonopah, we met Jerry at Belmont ghost town and he lead us up the 40 odd miles of gravel road to his home, the Horse and Fly ranch. We were given a great welcome by everyone from Jerry and Rebecca, to Bon and Chase the dogs as well as the goats and horses.

We didn't have much time to breathe on the first night, having a delicious dinner, then heading straight out for a moonlit balloon flight (apparently we are some of the few in the world to experience this treat) and then over to the potts ranch hot tub to toast our first balloon flight. The remaining two days on the ranch continued to live up to this standard and we enjoyed endless hospitality, good conversation, great horseriding and met some of the neighbours (if you can call them that, given that there are only a few homesteads in a 30 mile radius!)

I could go on and on about how much we enjoyed our time here, but the best epithet would probably be to say that by the time we left, we didn't feel as if we had stayed with hosts, but with friends. We'll be back one day I'm sure.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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watsontown,Pa
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Reviewed June 30, 2009

way off the beaten path is a quiet paradise known as the horsefly ranch in the beautiful monitor valley of nevada. you won't find any big tourist crowds,or fancy shopping centers and the nearest small town is some 50 to 60 miles away.
take your pick of a nice room in the main house or stay in the stone cottage,or ask them to pitch the tee pee for you and really be adventurous.relax in the sun by the pond,or hike in the mountains to spot the local wildlife. antelope , wild horses and elk to name just a few.
go horse back riding and take a ballon flight with two of the best hosts you will ever meet.( and rebecca is a wonderful cook to) while Jerry is very knowledgable about the local wildlife and history of the area you will find him a very capable guide.ask him to take you rock climbing,that is an experience you won't woon forget.
some points of interst, Diannas punch bowl, an exstincted geyers that can be seen from thier front porch,the quaking aspen groves,Belmont ghost town,Austin,nv, an original pony express town you may pass thru on your ways on highway 50.
and of course no stay would be complete without a trip to the potts ranch hot tub,fed by a near by hot spring you can enjoy a relaxing soak in the tub under the big star filled sky.
so go visit Jerry and Rebecca at horsefly ranch and enjoy a wonderous stress free vacation.
you won't want to leave!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Co Down, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed June 25, 2009

My Husband and I stayed at the Horse-n-fly ranch as part of our honeymoon in August 2008. We both agree that this place has to be one of the most beautiful places we have visited. We arrived in the Ghost Town of Belmont late afternoon and to our surprise Jerry had his hot air balloon ready for take off, although I wasn't fussed on trying it to start with I did have a go in the end, it's an experience I will never forget.

This was only the start of the outstanding hospitality that Jerry and Rebecca offered as part of our stay. The accommodation was beautiful and the homemade cooking is out of this world, especially the cowboy french fries and blueberry pancakes. The animals are part of Jerry and Rebecca's family and add to the relaxing and chilled out atmosphere of the surroundings. The horses are suitable for all abilities and offer a lovely way to enjoy the surrounding of the ranch.

If you're looking for something a little different from the norm, away from the stresses of everyday life, with the added bonus of a experience you will never forget, I would recommend a visit to the Horse-n-fly ranch.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Watsontown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed June 22, 2009

The scenery was absolutely breathtaking. The couple who own the ranch are some of the most increditable people on earth. The food was excellant. If you are looking for someplace to relax this is the best place.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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New Jersey
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Reviewed May 2, 2009

Our visit to the Horse-n-Fly Ranch was one of the most incredible experiences in our lives. I can only describe it as my "religious" experience - not literally, but figuratively because of the magnificent scenery, the peacefulness of the surroundings, the awesome views of the stars at night from the best hot tub in the west, the wonderful people, and the interactions with nature. Rebecca and Jerry are two of the most caring and fun people anyone could want to meet. They welcome you into their home as if you have known them forever. They treat you just like family members which is so special. The horseback riding takes you to incredible heights and views and the balloon rides are just as exciting. Thanks Rebecca and Jerry, can't wait to visit again!

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Winnemucca
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Reviewed September 7, 2007

I enjoy the quiet solitude of the Intermountain West and have stayed many places in search of that. I have stayed in Midas, Unionville, Manhattan, Gerlach, Fields OR, and LaHood MT as of recent times. I have no complaints. However nothing can top the peace, pleasure and serenity I found at the Horse N Fly Ranch. The stone cabin, pond and sun/moonrises/sunsets felt like my own. I am a music lover, but felt as though listening to my own music would have been sacrilege. Nothing could compete with the soundtrack of the high desert and vistas of Nevada's Monitor Valley/Ike's Canyon. If you are looking for some good soul/mind therapy this is the place-if you are looking for bright lights, noise and distraction this isn't the place.

Rebecca was both generous and gracious in accommodating our every need. Our meals were hearty, homemade and full of vitality. Thank you for the memories.

Stayed September 2007
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San Ramon, CA
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Reviewed June 27, 2007

I was lucky enough to draw a late season elk tag in Nevada's Monitor Range. Great People! Fantastic Food! We had an awesome trip staying with Jerry and Rebecca especially when the temperatures dropped during our elk hunt. I would recommend the Horse N Fly Ranch to all my friends.

Stayed November 2006
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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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