From May through October The Hideout has a full-time fly-fishing professional on staff. Our professional guide can teach you how to tie a fly and the techniques of fly-fishing. We have access to a variety of streams, ponds and casting ponds. Our program is fun for all including beginning and intermediate fly-fishers. Don’t worry about waders, tack or flies; we have it all here for our guests. Fly-fishing with our guide is included in your stay at The Hideout. The only thing you will need to buy is a daily fishing license. We fish for Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brook Trout. With exception of our Ride & Fish activity, we practice a catch & release policy.
Ride & Fish
A very popular activity is our Ride & Fish Program where we ride on horseback for approximately 45 minutes to a pristine mountain stream to go fishing. We fish for Brook trout in the mountains and can sometimes take the caught fish and prepare them over a wood fire for you to enjoy. Since we are mainly fishing for Brook Trout which over-populate the mountain streams, this is the only fishing activity we do not practice catch & release.
Trapshooting & Archery
Trapshooting and Archery are popular half-day, non-riding activities. We have an on-premises trap shooting facility with Winchester remote control thrower, including 20 and 12 gauge Beretta shotguns. At our Archery range you can try your luck shooting traditional and compound bows.
Cody Rodeo and Local Rodeo’s
Cody, Wyoming, is the Rodeo Capital of the World — home of the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede Rodeo and Cody Nite Rodeo! From June 1st through August 31st – 90 rodeos are held during the summer, one per day. Once a week during the Rodeo season we offer a trip to the Cody rodeo for the guests who are interested. We leave early in the afternoon, which allows you to explore Cody and the Western shops, have dinner at a local steakhouse and attend the rodeo at 8 PM. A dedicated driver / wrangler will accompany you and there is an additional fee for this activity
Dinosaur Tracks & Dig Sites
You may want to visit the Red Gulch Dinosaur Track Site which contains many rare Middle Jurassic dinosaur tracks embedded in limestone. Located on public land near Shell, Wyoming, this site covers 40 acres set-aside by the U.S. government’s Bureau of Land Management. This area is not only world-renowned for its dig sites but for the rare dinosaur species that can be found here. Depending on when the paleontologists are working and the time of the season, we may be able to arrange for you and your children to spend a day digging up bones. It is amazing how kids, who are often impatient and have short attention spans, enjoy digging for hours concentrating on their task.
Off-Road & Scenic 4×4 Tours
Join us for a half-day or full-day tour in a well-equipped 1991 Chevy Suburban “The Red Dragon”, or a comfortable heavy duty Dodge Laramie Meg-Cag equipped for mountain work. We leave the valley and climb, depending on the tour, between 1000 to 3000 feet in altitude. These are slow speed trips and most of the time we use 4×4 high and low gear. You will travel hunting, ranch, BLM and National Forest trails and enjoy beautiful vistas while your driver will entertain you and explain about the geography and history of the areas you are visiting. We don’t promise to see wildlife, however most guests who have been on the tour call it “The Wildlife and Photography Tour”. While we see game most of the time, we are not in control of their schedule.
Hiking & Mountain Biking
Our unique location in the Big Horn Mountains offers a rarely seen diversity of terrain and scenery for mountain bikers. It boasts superb mountain biking and hiking opportunities. We can guide you on trails that are an appropriate match, depending on your ambition level, physical condition, and map-reading skills. Call us ahead of time so we can arrange for appropriate bikes. Many of our guests who are into biking call this area the best hidden mountain bike paradise.
Kayaking on Shell Creek
Depending on the level of the water in Shell Creek our more adventure seeking guests can go for a kayaking trip down Shell Creek. Shell Creek is a natural wild creek and offers a fun four mile trip on “Sit-on-Top” Kayaks. Helmets and life-vests are provided as there are some rapids, fast moving water and obstacles that need to be traversed. Guests need to be prepared to get wet, be able to hop on and off the kayak while in the creek and also be able to control the kayak in fast water. One need not be an expert to enjoy this trip, but a good amount of physical fitness is required as you must be fit enough to haul a kayak across the shallower parts of the creek and have the upper body strength to paddle through some of the stronger rapids.