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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.

Guest Ranch Testimonials

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tripadvisorThis was our most memorable trip to the Hideout. The service is impeccable and the level of “customer appreciation” is evident from the entire staff of the Hideout. We feel they are our extended family and enjoy our time here on every trip.The Hideout “ROCKS”! David and Paula extend their gracious hospitality and the wranglers go “above and beyond” every day for you. This is the vacation of a lifetime for any family.
David & Paula & Staff, We just received our CD with our pictures and absolutely love them. Our trip to the ranch is always our favorite. You make us feel like we are extended family which means so much to us. Thank you for all your hospitality and making our vacation wonderful. We will be in touch.

Jay & Donna Durant

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. We’re leaving with a newfound respect for life on the range and how tough you have to be to be a cowboy/cowgirl. And we’ve made new friendships that will make us smile a long time!

Jim & Suzanne Smith

This week at the Hideout was perfect! The scenery was perfect! The accommodations were perfect! The food & wine-perfect! The staff and their helpfulness was truly outstanding and everyone was so friendly & they treated us with both friendliness, respect, & consideration. We really did enjoy our stay-more than we can say, & we look forward to returning! Also-the horses were wonderful too!

Paul & Harris Krupp

The Hideout is first class! The whole experience was amazing-a trip I will never forget. Every meal was so tasty & well presented-Chris is an amazing chef. I really felt that everyone worked as a team here, each complimenting the other. So the experience was flawless. I will share with everyone I know. Thanks for everything.

Gina Rogers

My week at the Hideout was a tremendous experience! Everything was top notch. I would particularly highlight the wranglers-they all were not only highly skilled with the horses and cattle, but also extremely conscientious, caring, supportive, patient, and encouraging with the guests. Your wranglers made the first class experience an exceptional experience.

Paul Wangerin

I had a great time again! I enjoyed branding, and all the wranglers are top notch. They are all keepers! Thanks for another wonderful time.

Michele Danches

I want to thank you and all your staff, who worked so hard to provide a memorable experience for those of us lucky enough to attend the get-together. Peter, a special “thank-you” for explaining your vision to share the “Secrets of Shell” with others. As president of the Chamber of Commerce, I am always thrilled to see our area promoter.Robb and Chris, we are so lucky to have chefs of your caliber in our little valley. It is always a delight to sample your culinary creations. Stewart, Shawn, Ashley, Linda, and Maricella-your efforts to make everyone feel “at home” certainly worked!Again, thank you for inviting me. It was a wonderful afternoon!

Jade Smith

I have had the most wonderful week here at the Hideout. I completely relaxed and became a real cowboy. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, has gone the extra mile to show every courtesy. I will go home to Nashville but you will go with me in my heart.tripadvisor

Violet Jacobson

I enjoyed this vacation because I learned a different way of life. The setting, accommodations, food, horses, and people were all exceptional. It was more than a resort or “boutique” experience; rather, I had the opportunity to participate in the modern American West.

Lorraine Naga

Thank you so much for a delightful stay. The ranch is stunning, and the cowboys, work schedule, food, and lodging wonderful. Your cowboys (Stewart, Buster, Jim, Shawn, and Jared) are superb. They took great care of us as guest and showed us great ranch work. We hope to be back soon.

John, Sophia, Jack, & Audrey Holds

Thank you to all the Hideout team for a fabulous week-we have had the best time! Neil has enjoyed his riding so much and has grown in confidence through the week. You have managed to ensure that we both got the best out of our short time here. The horses have been great and it is good to see how well looked after they are. Thanks again! I am sure you will be seeing us again.

Neil & Sarah Bird

It was an amazing experience for both of us. We thank you all for your kindness and friendship and we hope to come back soon! We stayed in an extremely beautiful accommodations and environment. Your crew and horses are fantastic and we also enjoyed your chef de cuisine. He is responsible for putting extra weight onto us – but we really enjoyed his good cooking.
Thanks again!

Constant Van Den Brande, Belgium
1st Time Guest

Best: horses, wranglers & staff, meals, options. All were tremendous! Great accommodation of guests. Like advanced notice of activities. We had a wonderful time!

Karla Peterson & Kris Anderson, MN
4th Time Repeat Guests

Everything was wonderful, we had such a great time! The only thing I might want to change is maybe have the orientation on Sunday afternoon rather than waste time on Monday morning when guests could start their rides. Your staff is wonderful, very exceptional, and really take the time to explain everything that we asked. The wrangler staff are first class with lots of experience. The chef is amazing, kitchen staff all were great, and of course housekeeping again, wonderful. Sal was living his dream to be a cowboy for a week. He had the time of his life and I also enjoyed it myself.

Sal & Fran Piparo, NY
1st Time Guests

Hello Peter, I wanted to say a very big “Thank You” for another fantastic trip to The Hideout. This was our eight visits and it absolutely amazes me that I can leave with such a sense of excitement. I think saying it was spectacular would be a big time understatement. There is a lot of respect each of the staff have for each other and for The Hideout and the guests. Please pass along to Paula, David and the staff my best wishes and appreciation of the efforts in making us feel so comfortable.

Moe Kruger, FL
8th Time Repeat Guest

16 times at The Hideout and….. returning for 3 weeks next year !

Don & Connie Smith, Florida
14th Time Repeat Guests

Thank you all for the most memorable, wonderful experience. I will certainly treasure the memories! The staff have been brilliant, patient, and friendly. My expectations have been more than met. You have certainly got the WOW factor! Thank you for the feather pillow and accommodating my vegetarian diet, and for looking after my dad. I will definitely recommend it.

Beverley Gill, England
1st Time Guest

We had a wonderful time at the Hideout! We learned so much about ranching and the Big Horn Mountains from real cowboys. Thanks to David, Paula, Peter, Stewart, and the entire staff for treating us great and for the wonderful hospitality.

Tom & Rebecca Bercher, AR
1st Time Guests

Friends told us about The Hideout many times. The website and dvd looked promising so we decided to check out these cowboy stories with our 4 teenagers. We stayed 2 weeks and where all sad to go home. What an experience and hospitality.

Philippe & Mia Craeynest – Belgium

1st Time Guests
In our opinion, The Hideout is the ideal guest ranch that offers the perfect combination of beautiful scenery, excellent staff, wellcared for and well-trained horses, varied activities, and first-class
accommodations, all this in combination with an authentic working cattle ranch experience. The family manages the ranch side as well as the hospitality side.
What attracted us to the ranch in the first place was the fact that we would be able to ride in the open range with the freedom to spread out. Over our five trips, we have always enjoyed learning
about working cattle and horsemanship in so many different terrains. Unless the trail calls for single-file riding, guests are encouraged to spread out and ride at a comfortable pace.
We so appreciate the staff at The Hideout, from wranglers to servers to office personnel to chefs. They are all good-natured, helpful, considerate, humorous, and proficient. They cater to all the
needs of guests in a gracious style. In a short period of time, guests feel like they have made an important contribution to the day’s activities on a working cattle ranch. During cocktail hour, slides of all the activities from that day are shown so that guests can relive the day’s experiences.
Guests are most of the time limited to 24 in number, so the opportunity is there to foster long-term friendships. With a clientele from all over the world, the conversations on rides and at meals in
the beautiful lodge are stimulating and interesting, often in several different languages. We so enjoy having the owners of the ranch, Paula and David Flitner, and family members Peter and wife Marijn, who manage The Hideout, at cocktail hours, dinners, rides and/or barbeques. They are gracious and friendly and feel like friends from first meeting them. We will continue to make the trip to The Hideout an annual event. Each trip provides us with very happy memories of riding in stunning scenery, sharing fun & adventure with interesting people, and being pampered in fine style.

Wes & Anne Burmark, WA
6th Time Repeat Guests