Windmill Ridge Basics:
Location: Alamo, Nevada lies just an hour and a half north of Las Vegas.
Address: Highway 93 Windmill Circle, Alamo, NV 89001-0630 Map
Phone: Phone: (866) 383-6759
Visiting Windmill Ridge and Alamo, Nevada:
As you drive north on Highway 93 you will find yourself out in "the middle of nowhere." But just as soon as you start wondering why you are out there, you will reach some curves in the road and come upon the most beautiful spring-fed valley. The springs feed the lake and the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge. In the area you will find hot springs, Native American petroglyphs, and... if you have a vivid imaginination, you'll enjoy the town of Rachel and the intrigue of Area 51.
Windmill Ridge Restaurant:
Windmill Ridge, just off Highway 93 has a great little restaurant. They have an on-site bakery and are known for their delicious steaks and home-made breads. I can attest to the quality of the tender well-seasoned flat iron steak. The dinner was very welcome after a day of driving. After dinner I took a walk around the property and enjoyed watching the sun set over the beautiful green trees. The restaurant has facilities for groups, weddings and meetings. It has a rustic cabin decor - perfect for the area.
Stay in Your Own Cabin:
Each of the newly built cabins at Windmill Ridge has a theme. The one I stayed in was "Grandma's Feather Bed," and indeed it was comfy. With a king-sized canopied bed, fluffy comforter and whirlpool tub, no on could have asked for more comfort out in rural Nevada. The owners have done a great job of decorating the cabins with very nice touches. The photos on the website don't do these comfy cabins justice. Once you settle in, you will be tempted to sit outside on the deck and enjoy the mountains or, in warm weather, prepare for some fantastic star-gazing.
Rates run from $89 to $99 per night with a price of $119 - $139 per night for the "honeymoon cabin." If you are planning a group retreat or meeting, call for special rates.
The owners of this little retreat have done some great things for guests. Just let them know what you would like, and they will brainstorm with you to come up with options. Think about gathering around a firepit to roast marshmallows listening to local cowboy ballads. Or do some old fashioned quilt-tying. Want to find out about the hot springs, places to launch your canoe or go hiking? The owners and staff are locals and can direct you to all the best places.
Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge:
Part of the beauty of Alamo is that the lands are preserved for wildlife. The Wildlife Refuge has set aside over 5,000 acres of open wetlands and beautiful green grasslands. Thousands of migratory birds and waterfowl migrate through the valley. When I was there I saw some unusual grey cranes actually swimming in the lake. It would be a great place for birding.
The area is known for hunting opportunities, fishing and duck hunting. Outdoorsmen and women can also enjoy hiking and looking for Indian petroglyphs.
Visitors from all over the world come to the area because of infamous Area 51. Nearby Rachel, population 100 (humans), is considered the "UFO Capital of the World." As the story goes, in 1989 a man from Las Vegas, told the world that he had worked with an alien spacecraft at Papoose Lake, in the Nellis Range, about 35 miles south of Rachel. Evidently he saw 9 flying saucers in a hangar in the mountains and had worked on the propulsion systems of one of the aircraft. More about Area 51 today
Getting Away from it All at Windmill Ridge:
Once you have experienced the craziness of Las Vegas or even if you live the urban lifestyle somewhere, there are always times when you need to retreat to a simpler life. Windmill Ridge is a perfect place to do that. It would be a great retreat - a comfortable setting, a nice restaurant and some outdoor things to do.
Visitors to Windmill Ridge have been snowbirds from Canada and the U.S. who have found a great stopping place on their twice yearly treks, women who plan a girls' getaway weekend for scrapbooking or quilting and work groups who want a quiet place for team building and relaxing.
The cabins are newly constructed, quiet and clean. The amenities will surprise you... fluffy white towels, whirlpool tubs, wifi (some cabins) and more. Couple that comfort with the friendliness of the owners and staff and you may just have found an "out of this world" location for your getaways.