Great food, great people, great Bloody Marys and a great location. In the middle of the Nevada Desert. Cozy little rooms and really friendly place to wash down the dust of the trail after a long day on the road or off the road.
Used the old landmark Middlegate motel and restaurant as a home base a couple of times while I jumped off into the back country to Middlegate Hills to dig fossil leaves all day. Rode ATV's to remote sections of the back country inaccessible by modern day 4x4 and discovered several old miner shacks that had history written all over them. If you head out into these bad lands, better keep your eyes peeled for big rattlers, cougars, really soft, deep and dry sand washes, and old mining pits. Take plenty of water, a hand held GPS (mark the hwy before you leave it so you have a target to return to if needed) and a warm coat because it's a long walk back if you break down. Oh...and don't get caught on these dirt back roads if the rains kick in. You WILL get stuck. Nights out there aren't cool they are down right brutally cold when a breeze picks up. Cell coverage is nonexistent once you're a mile or so off hwy 50. The scenery is great if you're a desert lover and the peace and quiet is uniquely incomparable. The only exception is an occasional lofty Top Gun dude playing with his 30 million dollar toy and doing weird things high overhead (bless them girls and boys and their toys). The restaurant at Middlegate has excellent food, clientele and customers. Also, those Nevada Buckaroos are awesome and fearsome looking cowboys, but don't let wrinkles, dusty garb, and hard life look threaten you; they are living history and love to tell stories. Had myself an absolute fun time and will surely return. Saturday night they do a Prime Rib dinner that'll knock ur socks off. Have a good one and pick up your trash.