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Welcome to The Hideout

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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.

Girls Getaways

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Girlfriend Getaways at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

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girls-getaway-wy2At The Hideout we don’t typically organize a “women’s” or “girlfriend’s” week. We find that when women visit The Hideout, many of them are already coming with a girlfriend or group of friends. They organize their trip to indulge in a fun-filled week together. Many of our repeat guests, girlfriends, sisters, friends, etc. visit in May or September because school is in session and The Hideout caters to more adult activities.

At The Hideout we are dedicated to making sure your ranch experience is authentic. Planning specific women’s weeks would take away from the authenticity and diminish the atmosphere we seek to provide. Like all of our guests DSCF8086at The Hideout, women can pick and choose the activities they would like to enjoy together. Because of our limited guest numbers we can help our guests achieve a nearly customized ranch vacation.

When you visit The Hideout, let us know what you would like to do and if it is possible, we will make it happen.

Rebecca Bercher, The Hideout office manager, is the best person to talk to about experiencing The Hideout as a guest. Prior to working here she was a guest at The Hideout three times and understands the guest experience. Rebecca is the wife of our head wrangler Tom who also came out several times as a guest and then worked as a seasonal wrangler for a few years. They moved to Wyoming with their two sons from Arkansas joining us in this great adventure. You can reach her at

City Girl to Cowgirl

girls-getaway-wy1Peter’s wife Marijn Werquin is one of our most popular cowgirls. Marijn is in her early 50’s and was a complete city girl who was scared of horses when she moved to Wyoming. Many women saw Marijn grow from an absolute novice rider to the horsewoman she is today. During the season Marijn spends between five and eight hours in the saddle riding with the guests and cowboys, driving trucks and trailers, training her own horses, etc. She is also a great person to talk with to learn about groundwork with horses.

Like Rebecca, Marijn has an outgoing, straightforward personality which many women relate very well to and trust. What women also like about Marijn is that she has not forgotten where she comes from in terms of riding and can relate to our novice riders.

The Matriarch

girls-getaway-wy3Paula Flitner, David’s wife and Peter’s aunt, is not a young cowgirl anymore and is in her late seventies. Though she does not ride, she is still actively involved in the operations of The Hideout. Paula is the other strong woman at The Hideout who provides a lot of charm and personality and knows how to kick up her heels with the girls.

People say that cowboys rule The West, but we are an exception to that rule as cowgirls rule the roost around here.

Come ride with us and enjoy meeting the ladies who live and work at The Hideout.

Contact Rebecca at start your fun at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch.


girls-getaway-wy4“If you are looking for a “girlfriend getaway” the Hideout is a fantastic vacation option. We are going to The Hideout for the 9th time coming September. I have been visiting the Hideout for many years with sisters, cousins, girlfriends and girlfriends of girlfriends we met at The Hideout. One year there were 10 of us ranging in age from 40′s to 70′s. We prefer to go in September as the kids are back in school and the weather is perfect.

The Hideout offers the option of either participating in cattle work or scenic rides, both are spectacular! Last year we pushed cattle over a great distance with an all women crew (except for our wrangler) and what a great feeling of accomplishment and we had so many laughs doing it. As we are all riders we come to ride because this is a riding ranch for all levels of riders from advanced to beginner which is one of the reasons we can also include our not-so-horsy girlfriends. Some of our friends have done the trapshooting, took fly-fishing lessons or participated in some of the other activities and had a ball.

You will also work and dine with the other guests and the management and family who own the ranch and who are actively involved in the day to day operations. We have made life long friendships. Many of us plan our vacation so that we return to the Hideout at the same time every year.

When the week is over you will find that not only are the cheeks on your butt sore but the ones on your face are too…because all you do is laugh!”

Kim McCleery – Branfort, CT posted 3/27/2013

girls-getaway-wy5“My sister and I discovered the Hideout 8 years ago, and we’ve been going every year since; along with our mother, sister, friends and relatives. And it just keeps getting better! There isn’t a single weak spot in the operation. Our thing is to ride hard during the day, then sip cocktails and eat first-class fare in the midst of the most spectacular surroundings I have ever seen. They treat us so well, I can’t honestly imagine that any other place could duplicate the Hideout experience.

Jaxi Ryan – Hawaii posted 3/31/2013

Girls Getaway Videos in 2 parts