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Welcome to The Hideout

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an all-inclusive upscale working cattle, riding, fly-fishing and adventure guest ranch in Shell, WY (east of Cody and Yellowstone National Park). In addition to riding, working cattle and fly-fishing, we offer an array of non-riding activities and adventures such as trapshooting, archery, canoeing, hiking, biking, 4x4 tours, etc.

Limited to approximately 25 guests per week from all over the world and with access to 85 horses, a 1:1 staff / guest ratio and the owners and management actively involved with the well-being of our guests, we are committed to the highest standards of culinary experience, lodging, staff (we speak 4 languages), horses and personal, almost customized attention. We are very multi-cultural and diverse.

Every year The Hideout books long before the start of the season, mostly because of word of mouth and returning guests. As we do not plan to increase the number of guests per week please book your vacation long ahead of the season.

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A 650,000 acre riding and adventure paradise in Wyoming

We are not your typical guest ranch. We are a small guest ranch with approximately 25 guests per week, to keep our guests’ experience personal.  Our guests leave The Hideout feeling as though they are not guests, but family. Elevations in this area range from 4,200 to 13,200 feet and offer because of the many exposed formations a unique variety of terrain and scenery resulting in a broad range of climates and biodiversity. With close to 650,000 acres to explore you will seldom ride the same trail twice or feel crowded.

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All-Inclusive Family and Multigenerational Adventure Vacation

During the summer months and spring breaks we are seeing a growing number of families with older children and young adults.

We believe that part of a family vacation involves parents and children participating in, enjoying and sharing the same experiences. We do not offer a formal “children’s program”. We strive to treat children as young adults and to offer them the full Hideout Guest Ranch experience.

Our experience is typically focused towards adults and families with older children who have some equestrian experience or are in good physical condition.

Most of our visiting families are eager to learn new things while exploring and enjoying new experiences together as a family. They are looking to build long lasting, exciting and interesting memories. This is a life changing vacation experience. It is fun and adventurous but families will also learn about ranching, farming, horses, nature and will meet other guests from a variety of countries and cultures.

In addition to our more mature year-around staff, we typically employ a number of younger wranglers during the summer months. Our family and staffs’ families represent all ages from 11 to 80 years of age, which makes The Hideout a multigenerational vacation destination.

Adult Vacations

The Hideout Cowboy

While we see a growing number of families with children during the summer months, The Hideout is mainly adult oriented once school and college breaks are finished

Our year-round wranglers are more mature and geared to the adults that travel to The Hideout. However, we do have many adult travelers in the summer season also. Due to the fact that we have a minimum age requirement and do not offer a children’s program, the families who come to The Hideout treat their children as young adults. With the small number of guests at The Hideout, we are able to keep your vacation personalized and exactly what you are looking for.

Solo Travelers

The Hideout is an excellent destination for Solo travelers. Solo travelers will find the size and concept of The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch a very easygoing and welcoming vacation destination. Because of its small size, friendly and accommodating staff, strong interaction with the owners, management and the family-like atmosphere, you will feel part of the family the very moment you arrive at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch..

Upscale lodging and food– authentic quality hospitality

The Hideout Main lodge

At The Hideout Guest Lodge & Ranch we strive to offer excellence in hospitality, lodging and culinary pampering. Usually we accommodate 15 to 25 guests a week, which allows us to keep it personal, authentic and as customized as possible. Many guests come back each year for our staff. We hire using The 3 C’s of Character, Conduct and Competence and invest in the training and general well-being of our staff. With a 1:1 staff / guest ratio we do not cut corners when it comes to service and hospitality.

Our chef and her mother source most ingredients locally and during the summer we grow many of our own vegetables. To us preparing food is more than putting food on the table. It comes with the warmth and hospitality you expect when you go to your mothers or grandmothers house to visit. Our kitchen is more about quality and serving healthy food than quantity. We cater to most diets.

While we would not consider ourselves a resort our cabins are very clean, well decorated and very well maintained. The Hideout is well-funded and all our profits are re-invested in maintaining and improving our guest ranch to the benefit of our guests.

The Hideout Experience!

Dude Ranch Experience

If you ask our staff and growing number of repeat guests and guests from around the world why they come to The Hideout, they will tell you about the variety of reasons they come and return to The Hideout.

Some will point out that we try hard to make sure this year’s visit is as good as last year’s visit making sure to add a little something to it. They will talk to you about the quality of our horses, staff, tack, equipment and how well kept the cabins and grounds are.

Others will tell you that we combine a traditional ranching culture with a progressive eye on the future, caring for the eco-system and lands we use.

Our guests return to The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch because of the warmth of our hospitality, managed by a well-traveled management, family and staff that knows how to excel and wants to please.  Our guests enjoy high-end pampering and excellent, healthy food created by a culinary-schooled chef who cares and goes the extra length with a smile.

We take pride in having an enthusiastic staff, many of whom reside with us year-round. The main reason we have a great team of people is because we treat them as family. We want The Hideout to be the best place to work so it is the best place for you to vacation. Whenever our staff talks about our ranch they use the words “we” and “our”. We believe that’s the finest proof that they take pride and ownership in what they do.

Our repeat guests will tell you about our quality, well-maintained grounds and clean accommodations. They appreciate that we always strive to make each visit better than the last. It’s commonly referred to as “The Hideout Experience”.

We like to offer an authentic, personalized ranch boutique experience by limiting the number of guests to approximately 25 people.

Our Horses – AH Horsemanship & Training

Cowgirl at The Hideout

If horseback riding, herding cattle and enjoying the great outdoors in Wyoming is your idea of a perfect western vacation then The Hideout is ideal for you.  We have a variety of horses that are well taken care of and can be matched to any riding-level. The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is not your typical “Nose to Tail” dude ranch, but is a working cattle, horsemanship and riding ranch. Each rider will be matched to a horse based on their riding ability and will experience the vacation they were looking for.

Advanced riders will find hundreds of thousands of acres to ride on great horses with great cowboys, wranglers and guides. Beginner riders will find patient teachers and instructors who enjoy sharing their love and passion for riding. Every level of rider can participate in cattle work, contrary to what many people think.

Our horse program is managed by AH Horsemanship & Training and every year several clinicians visit The Hideout for training, clinics and to ride with our staff and guests. The key to Authentic Horsemanship is having an open mind towards horsemanship, riding and horses and the desire to continue learning where we can.

Our string of horses consists of excellent Quarter Horses of fine bloodlines, cow and trail horses, and over the last two years we have been adding more and more well trained Mustangs to our herd.

Wyoming Fly-Fishing Guest Ranch

fly fishing ranch activity

Together with our fly-fishing guide who manages our fishing property, we fish over 10 miles of streams, creeks and lakes having access to approx. 650,000 acres in a variety of eco-systems.

In addition to the streams, we have access to well-stocked casting ponds and easy or more challenging streams. In search for excellence, our guides also fish other lakes, streams and ponds in The Big Horn Basin and Yellowstone Region at elevations ranging from 4,200 to 10,000 feet. With a population of 2 people per square mile (compared to New York City with 27,000 people per square mile) you will seldom be crowded while you fish, ride or hike on this ranch.

Our fly-fishing guides have excited both advanced fly-fishers as well as beginners from around the world with the experience we offer. We only offer those activities in which we can excel for our visiting guests.

You will not only learn about casting techniques but also about the streams, the insects, how to protect streams and stream banks for the future and what it takes to be a pro.

This area offers German and Loch Leven Browns, Cutthroat, Yellowstone Cutthroat, Rainbow as well as Brook and Lake Trout. We also see Mountain White Fish, Golden Trout, Splake and Grayling.

As friends of the fish, we are 100% catch and release and we will teach you how to release fish properly after catching it, so it can continue to roam the clean, pure waters of Wyoming. Occasionally we will take some “brookies” home.

During the summer season our fly-fishing guide also offers Fly-tying lessons.

Non-Riding Adventures

With all the terrain to explore on private lands, BLM, The Big Horn National Forest and Cloud Peak Wilderness in our backyard, exploring the ranch is an adventure all on its own. With elevations ranging from 4,200 to 13,200 feet, we have an almost unheard of diversity of scenery, climates, and bio-diversity.

We offer an array of non-riding adventures such as trapshooting, archery, fly-fishing, canoeing, kayaking, attending The Cody Nite Rodeo, hiking, biking, guided tours, 4×4 tours, ranch and farm visits, etc.

Add to this the diversity of cultures, languages, generations and backgrounds of our staff, family and guests from around the world and you will find out why we are not considered “Your Typical Guest Ranch”.

IQ Testimonials

What a wonderful opportunity to revisit the life of those of the Old West by day and relax at night in 21st century luxury!! Even though the lodging reflects Old West charm, the meals, the personalized attention, and the wonderful after dinner conversations are first-rate! We had no expectations before we got here...