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Welcome to The Hideout

Dutch & Flemish

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, kayaking, hiking, biking, 4x4 tours, etc.

Limited to approximately 25 guests per week from all over the world and with access to 95 horses, a one to one staff to 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 full well in advance of the season, mostly because of word of mouth and returning guests. As we do not plan to increase the number of guests that we host each week, please book your vacation well ahead of the season.

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Advanced Riding Program – All about Riding!


The Hideout is a riding guest ranch. Most of the guests who visit us come for the riding. We do offer other activities such as an excellent fly-fishing program with over 10 miles of streams to fish, trapshooting, etc., but most people come for an equestrian vacation and to spend time in the saddle.

This program is designed for the more experienced riders who are looking for the next level of horses and more challenging riding. This type of riding consists of cattle work and trail riding at a faster pace. Participants do have to be tested at the beginning of their stay and show that they are able to control their horse in all gaits and over various terrains. These programs are guided by some of our more experienced cowboys and wranglers. No matter the level of riding we do at The Hideout, we adopt a Natural Horsemanship Culture respecting our horses under all circumstances.

We adapt the speed and riding to the challenging terrain in this area. Experienced equestrians will notice immediately where one can go fast or not. They know that even the best horse will run out of breath faster at high elevations.

Because of the terrain in which we ride, and because our great horses need to be fresh and safe for up to 8 hours of riding, we do not run our horses indiscriminately. We want to make sure that our horses and riders are as safe in the morning riding out as they are in the late afternoon coming back to the trucks and trailers.

No Nose-To-Tail Ranch but a Riding Guest Ranch


One of the reasons for adding this program is that many experienced riders are disappointed in the riding programs at some guest ranches. Many guest ranches do not allow riders to trot and lope and adopt a “nose to tail” concept of riding, no matter what level their riders may be.

Even if you sign up for the Advanced Riding Program, you can still participate in our Classic and well proven Hideout riding program.  If you need a slower day or your traveling companion is a slower rider, your vacation can be catered to your wants and needs. No matter the decision, it is your choice and it is all included in The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch package.

Whatever we do, we don’t take risks and will not cut corners in keeping horse and rider safe.