List of brothels in Nevada

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This is a historical list of the legal brothels in Nevada. They are arranged by name within location (the nearest town or named place) within each county that licenses such establishments. Defunct establishments are retained for completeness. Note, however, that this list so far only covers the modern era of brothel prostitution in Nevada, from about 1950 onward, after the closure of the red light districts of Reno and Las Vegas.

According to the Nevada Brothel Finder site, there are 24 legal brothels in Nevada as of February 2014.[1] While prostitution is legal in parts of Nevada, it is illegal outside these licensed brothels. Prostitution is illegal under state law in Clark County, which contains Las Vegas and its metropolitan area. Other counties may choose to allow it, if they desire to. Currently Washoe County (which contains Reno), Carson City (an independent city), Douglas County, and Lincoln County ban brothels. Eureka County has no law on the books either permitting or prohibiting licensed brothels and currently has no brothels. The other counties permit brothels, but some of them do not currently have any active brothels.

Active brothels[edit]

Elko County[edit]


  • Dovetail Ranch
  • Sharon's Brothel & Bar


  • The Desert Rose Gentlemen's Club
  • Inez's D&D Bar
  • Mona's Ranch
  • Sue's Fantasy Club


Humboldt County[edit]


Lander County[edit]

Battle Mountain[edit]

  • Calico Club

Lyon County[edit]

Mound House[edit]

By local ordinance, brothels are restricted to the Mound House area.

Mineral County[edit]


  • Wild Cat Brothel

Nye County[edit]

Amargosa Valley[edit]

  • Alien Cathouse (sometimes referred to as "Lathrop Wells")


  • Love Ranch Vegas. This business was purchased by Dennis Hof, owner of several other Nevada brothels, in the fall of 2010. It has since been extensively upgraded. Formerly called the Cherry Patch Ranch, Crystal Love Ranch, Mabel's Whorehouse, Madame Butterfly's.


Storey County[edit]

White Pine County[edit]


Defunct brothels[edit]

Churchill County[edit]


  • Lazy B Ranch (opened 1975)[2]
  • Salt Wells Villa (opened 1975, closed 2004, demolished)[2]

Elko County[edit]


  • PJ's Lucky Strike (closed, early 2000s)
  • No. 1 Geisha (formerly Mona Lisa Ranch and CharDon's Club closed in 2010)

Esmeralda County[edit]

Lida Junction[edit]

Eureka County[edit]


  • Pat's Country Club

Humboldt County[edit]


  • Simones de Paris (closed and demolished)[3]
  • Pussycat Ranch - closed and its building demolished [4]
  • My Place Bar and Brothel (formerly Irene's Combination Bar; closed and demolished)[3]
  • Pussycat Saloon - (closed and demolished) [4]
  • Wild West Saloon (closed) [5]

Lander County[edit]

Lincoln County[edit]

Prostitution made illegal in 1978, but several legal brothels operated before then.

Coyote Springs[edit]

Lyon County[edit]

Restricted brothels to Mound House area, east of Carson City, in 1970, forcing brothels in other parts of the county to close.

Mound House[edit]


  • Town House Guest Ranch (closed, 1970)

Mineral County[edit]


  • Desert Dollhouse/The Green Front (operated, 1970s to early 1990s)


  • B.J.'s (operated, early 1980s)

Nye County[edit]

Ash Meadows[edit]

  • Ash Meadows Sky Ranch (Active fifties through seventies)

Ash Meadows brothel, motel, and dirt airstrip was located a short distance from the small town of Death Valley Junction. The facilities consisted of a small motel, bar, and brothel. The dirt and gravel airstrip was on the southside, running North and South. The North end adjoined the small facility. It was a fairly secluded location in the high desert.


  • Red Rooster (operated prior to 1970s)
  • Weeping Willow (operated prior to 1970s)
  • Vickie's Star Ranch (operated prior to 1970s)
  • Bikini's Gentlemen's Club (currently closed) [6]
  • Angel's Ladies (formerly Fran's Star Ranch and Circle C Ranch) closed in August 2014.[7]

Montgomery Pass[edit]

  • Janie's Ranch, (On Hwy 6. Closed around 1989. Currently demolished)


  • Bobbie's Buckeye Bar

Scotty's Junction[edit]

  • Shady Lady Ranch, south of Scotty's Junction between Nye County Mile Markers 91 and 92 on US95 (closed in 2014) [8][9]

Pershing County[edit]


  • La'Belle
  • Monterey Bar
  • Roadhouse (closed about 1970)

Storey County[edit]


  • Mustang Ranch (original, closed 1999) Owed by Joe Conforte. Conforte gained political influence in Storey County and persuaded county officials to pass a brothel-licensing ordinance, which came into effect in 1971.The Nevada Supreme Court upheld the right of a county to legalize prostitution, and several counties followed suit.
  • Old Bridge Ranch near Mustang (Closed Summer 2008)

Virginia City[edit]

near Wadsworth[edit]

  • Triangle River Ranch (1955–1960; reported to have been operating illegally; located at junction of Storey, Washoe, and Lyon Counties; brothel trailers were moved across county boundaries as legal situation dictated)

Washoe County[edit]


Brothels were restricted to an area known as "The Stockade", prior to their final closure in 1949. Brothels included:

  • The Cottage
  • The Willows (closed 1949)

White Pine County[edit]


  • Green Lantern (Closed, circa 2000)
  • Stardust Ranch
  • Big Four Ranch


  1. ^ "Nevada Brothel Finder - All Brothels". Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Wall Street Journal, October 20, 2004, page A12
  3. ^ a b ""Speed Racer's" Driving Directions to Nevada's Legal Brothels". Retrieved 2008-09-27. 
  4. ^ a b "Speed Racer's LPIN Driving Directions: Winnemucca". 
  5. ^ "Speed Racer's LPIN Driving Directions: Legal Nevada Brothel Website List". 2015-04-10. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  6. ^ a b "Speed Racer's LPIN Driving Directions: Legal Nevada Brothel List". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Chris Sieroty. "Rural Nevada Residents See Bank, Brothel Closures". Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  8. ^ "Silver State's Brothel Industry Continues To Shrink | Nevada Public Radio". 2014-12-03. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 
  9. ^ "Speed Racer's LPIN Driving Directions: Legal Nevada Brothel List". 2014-12-14. Retrieved 2015-07-26. 

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