HISTORY


Because heavy use stripped the grass from the main Humboldt River route along the California Emigrant Trail, many travelers skirted the mountains along a Shoshone Indian path leading to a lush valley at the base of the Ruby Mountains.  Pioneers would rest their livestock here before returning to the River.

Arriving from the mines at Austin, Nevada, John Walker and Capt. Thomas Waterman were the first white men to settle the area in 1865.  Comparing the surrounding countryside to New England, Waterman named Lamoille Valley after his native Vermont.  Walker and Waterman took up ranching at the site of today's Red's Ranch.  Walker then moved 1-mile south to build a log store, saloon, blacksmith shop, and Cottonwood Hotel on the old road to Fort Halleck.

The Walker-Waterman headquarters ranch changed hands many times before settling into the care of Elko hotelier R.C. “Red” Ellis and his daughter, Mimi Ellis-Hogan.  They constructed the grand Lodge in 1989 and, after Red died in 1992, the Ranch became famous as a bed and breakfast inn, group conference center, helicopter ski lodge, television and film location, and fundraising venue where Mimi netted millions for local charities and causes.

To protect the historic ranch from future development, concerned Nevadans formed a land trust and acquired the property in 2011.  Following a major refurbishment, Red's Ranch is again hosting meetings, conferences, outdoor adventures, and adult special occasions.

Today, Lamoille is a quaint country village of eclectic art galleries, churches, lodging houses and restaurants.  And Red's Ranch is your quiet escape or base camp for outdoor recreation including hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, back-country skiing, and more.