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The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an all-inclusive, upscale riding, horsemanship and working cattle guest ranch. The Hideout is located in beautiful Shell, Wyoming which is east of Cody and Yellowstone National Park. We are limited to approximately 25 riders weekly. With a backyard of 650,000 acres in an area with tremendous diversity of scenery and altitudes ranging from 4,200 to 13,100 feet, you will seldom see the same trail twice.

The Hideout is focused on horseback riding, horsemanship and working cattle. Our string of 130 horses consists of Quarter Horses, Paints and a growing number of Mustangs. We take pride in offering a very personal, fun and safe riding experience. We do offer other activities to provide a break from the saddle including fly-fishing, trapshooting, archery, scenic 4x4 driving tours, Cody Nite Rodeo (seasonal), hiking, a hot tub and a gorgeous lap pool.

We are a team of passionate and diverse professionals who deeply care about your vacation and well-being. We are committed to the highest standards of culinary experience, quality lodging, attentive staff, and responsive horses. Our European/American owners and staff are multi-cultural and view diversity as an asset. We also welcome a growing number of international riders and travelers each week. Many return year after year because of our unique and caring culture which is also one of our most important assets.


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A 650,000 Acre Riding and Adventure Paradise in Wyoming

Elevations in this area range from 4,200 to 13,100 feet and offer 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. The terrain in which we ride ranges from mountain tops to meadows, alpine forests to Sedona-like red rock country, high deserts to mountain creeks and lakes.

We are not your typical dude ranch. We are a small guest ranch with approximately 25 guests each week, because it is important to keep our guests’ experience personal. Our guests leave The Hideout feeling as though they are not guests, but family.

Upscale Lodging and Food – Quality Hospitality

To us, mealtime means more than simply putting food on the table. It comes with the warmth and hospitality you expect when you go to your family’s house to visit. Our kitchen is more about quality and serving healthy food rather than quantity. We cater to most diets within reason.

We strive to offer excellence in hospitality, lodging and culinary pampering. By limiting our guests to approximately 25 riders each week, The Hideout keeps guests’ experience personal, authentic and as customized as possible. Many guests come back each year because of 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 one to one staff to guest ratio we do not cut corners when it comes to service and hospitality.

All-Inclusive Family and Multigenerational Adventure Vacation

During the summer months and spring break we host a growing number of families with older children and young adults.

We believe that a family vacation involves parents and children participating in, enjoying and sharing the same experiences. Therefore, we do not offer a formal “children’s program”. We strive to treat children as young adults and to offer them the full Hideout Experience. The Hideout welcomes children from the age of eight.

Our experience is typically focused towards adults and families with older children who have some equestrian experience or are in good physical condition. Because we do not have a children’s program, parents are required to supervise and go along with their children on all riding and non-riding activities.

Most of our visiting families are eager to learn new things while exploring and enjoying new experiences together. 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-round staff, we typically employ some 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 host families with older children during the summer months, The Hideout is mainly an adult-oriented ranch. Having families at The Hideout does not change our adult guests experience during the summer season.

Our year-round wranglers are more mature and relate well to the adults that travel to The Hideout. Even though we have families visiting during the summer months, we also have many adult travelers in the summer season. Because 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 can keep your vacation personalized and exactly what you are looking for.

Solo Travelers

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is an excellent destination for solo travelers. Solo travelers will find the size and concept of The Hideout an easygoing and welcoming vacation. Solo travelers will never feel left out or alone during their week. Because of its small size, friendly and accommodating staff, and the family-like atmosphere, you will feel part of the family the very moment you arrive at our ranch.

Our Horses – Authentic (AH) Horsemanship and Training

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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 riding, horsemanship and working cattle guest ranch. Each rider will be matched to a horse based on their riding ability and will experience the vacation they are looking for.

Advanced riders will find hundreds of thousands of acres to ride, on great horses with experienced and knowledgeable 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 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. We regularly offer half-day clinics, so interested guests can gain a deeper understanding of our style of horsemanship.

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

Non-Riding Adventures

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With all the terrain to explore on private lands, BLM, The Big Horn National Forest and Cloud Peak Wilderness, The Hideout is an adventure all on its own. With elevations ranging from 4,200 to 13,100 feet, we have an almost unheard-of diversity of scenery, climates, and biodiversity.

We offer an array of non-riding adventures such fly-fishing with an expert guide, trapshooting, archery, attending The Cody Nite Rodeo, hiking, 4×4 tours, as well as ranch and farm visits.

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

OAdd 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 “Your Typical Guest Ranch”.

The Hideout Experience!

Cowgirl at The Hideout

Many of our staff and an ever-growing number of guests return year after year. If you ask our staff and guests from around the world why they return year after year, they will give you a variety of reasons why they visit The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch.

Some will point out that we strive to make each year’s visit as good or better than their last. Adding a little something special season after season. 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, the lands we use and an ever-changing world.

Our guests return to The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch because of the warmth of our hospitality, and because our ranch is managed by a well-traveled 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 The Hideout, 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”.

Repeat Guests and Word of Mouth – What Others Say!

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What others say matters more than what we say about ourselves. Most of our guests are either repeat guests or come to us through word of mouth.

Many guests compare the vacation and experience we offer with a ski-vacation. Active, outdoors and fun – yet safe and exciting with a sense of accomplishment. The Hideout is driven by an organized structure and culture to make sure everything runs smooth and you feel like family. Many of our guests tell us that our culture and how we operate is an experience on its own. We often hear that visiting The Hideout has been a life-changing experience.

Despite the positive feedback we hear every week, we strive to remain critical with ourselves – after all, we are a bit subjective.

Take a moment and visit internet testimonial portals like Trip Advisor. Not only will you read how guests rate their experience and what you can expect from a visit to The Hideout, you will learn more about what to expect and what the experience is not about. We believe that honesty and transparency sets both you and us up for success!

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I’ve been here twice since May, 2016. The people are awesome from the wranglers to the office staff to the kitchen staff to the owners who ride with you on many days. They are out to please the guests in every way possible. The ranch will accommodate all levels of riders from absolutelyGuest Ranch Testimonials

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