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We are so excited to welcome our 2022 guests! The horses are in and settling, there is actually green grass on the property and mountains are trying to shed their coat of snow!

Calves are kicking up their heels with mamas following them, the guns are all cleaned and primed for trapshooting, the trucks and trailers are spotless and have completed all checkups. Two brand-new 2022 Chevy’s will join the fleet in the coming weeks. And Robbie is very busy chasing every car around The Hideout! Melanie is juggling to fit in the last remaining spots of our 2022 Season with 2023 gradually filling up also.

 

To the delight of many repeat guests, last year, our adventurous, resourceful wranglers found new trail rides for us, and we are happy to share these with our guests this season. With 650,000 acres of gorgeous, diverse terrain, we have lots of opportunities for new adventures! Marijn, Ramon, Nina, and Laura have been training and riding in all the guest horses. The barn crew has also been very busy training and riding an entire string of young horses which are all doing well. As we have a lot of young horses in training, 25 lease horses will join our team in May.

Marco, Ever, with a team of contractors have been very busy this Winter with construction and renovation projects, some of which our guests will notice and use, some at Trapper Creek Ranch (our sister ranch), and some in our beautiful town of Shell. As you drive into Shell, you will notice a new highway population sign, which went from a 2010 census of 83 to our 2020 census of 74!

Currently we are preparing all our fields to start irrigating.

We were also busy this winter hosting photographers for nearly a month at The Hideout and hope you have enjoyed the fruits of their labor on Facebook and Instagram! After the success of last year’s horsemanship clinics, Marijn and Ramon hosted another two weeks in March.

We have a core returning staff and are excited to be welcoming some new staff with fresh ideas and lots of energy over the next month.

We look forward to your next visit with us at The Hideout!

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Each year, all around the world Spring holds the promise of a new beginning. A new start, a new opportunity that nature created for all of us.

This year Spring is even more special and certainly feels more familiar compared to last Spring. The 2020  Covid-19 Spring held a different promise. A promise of the unknown, crisis, uncertainty, panic and much more. But last year also offered plenty of opportunities for growth, to do things differently and to improve. Much as every challenge or change offers.

This year Spring feels great. All our staff has been vaccinated and all new incoming staff are being vaccinated. At The Hideout we care about our crew and team. Making sure our staff can work in a healthy, respectful, and caring environment. The very foundations of a great guest experience.

We are in the 2nd month of our season and guests have been enthusiastic, wonderful, and appreciative. Nothing has changed on that front.

Every season we always have new faces joining our crew for the season. And once more, this year we were lucky on that front.

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Winter Blog

How are things going at The Hideout?

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog. I was going to write that at The Hideout in Shell, we have enjoyed a rare warm Fall and early Winter. That we had some frost during the night, but beautiful sunny days with temperatures even reaching 60F. Very exceptional for this time of the year.

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An interesting season…

Gosh! There is so much one could write about during these challenging but interesting times. Much as there is so much to read and reflect on.

I could write about all the worries when Covid-19 hit the world, about the preparations and processes we put in place to ensure guest, staff and community safety, about the financial challenges of operating a small business in the hospitality industry, about management transitions, about staff stepping up to the plate in unexpected ways as a show of loyalty and commitment, about many guests reaching out to offer support, about long term repeat guests booking twice this year to help us out. And how that is almost impossible, since we are limiting our weeks to around 15 guests this season, about half of last year’s, most weeks are already fully booked.

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Hello everybody,

I hope this message finds you all safe, healthy and hopefully enjoying some nice spring weather wherever you may be. In Shell, after several weeks of warm weather which spoiled us, on Easter Sunday we went back to winter with snow and cold temperatures. It was not very welcome! However, in April the cold weather never lasts long, and we are back to sunshine and warmth for a while.

Changing Weather in Wyoming – One day Winter….

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This Sunday, April 5, would have been the day we greet guests for the first week of our 2020 season. Of course, that is not happening, which leaves all of us at The Hideout very sad.

We have had to cancel the first few weeks of our season and reschedule our guests to later dates. The way it looks now, we don’t anticipate guests visiting the ranch soon, and are taking it week by week as this COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. We are carefully watching travel bans as well as our federal, state and local regulations……and of course are using our common sense!

Though we have a tremendous amount of lost revenue, this communication is not about complaining. We are fortunate to live and work in a very beautiful and remote location. There is plenty of work outside and inside for all of us to stay busy. We keep our distance and follow all the rules. But the thing we regret the most is not being able to share all this beauty and our horses with our guests and riding buddies.

Looking for Social Distancing

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We had a bit of snow this past weekend and it turned the world into a beautiful winter wonderland.

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Let’s be honest – most folks come to The Hideout to ride all day, every day.

There are, however,  some supportive family members and friends who might tag along on one horse-lover’s vacation but have interests that lie in other places. Perhaps they want to spend a week reading and relaxing on the spacious front porch of their cabin. Maybe they prefer to do a half-day ride and then trap shoot or fly fish in the afternoon, or perhaps they are most interested in seeing Wyoming back country while being toured around the Big Horn Mountains in our famous “Red Dragon” SUV to an adventurous or romantic picnic lunch destination. Some folks might even want to spend an afternoon in downtown historic Cody before heading to the Cody Nite Rodeo! We also have mountain bikes available at the lodge as well as staff who are knowledgeable about local hiking trails if you prefer outdoor adventure on foot.

Fortunately, the possibilities at The Hideout are endless when it comes to activities  – what do you want to do during your time in or out of the saddle?

Fly fishing at The Hideout!

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When we posted a quick photo of this beautiful dessert to The Hideout Facebook Page on Tuesday, we had lots of recipe requests! After some kind words to the kitchen, the ladies have passed their knowledge on to the rest of us… enjoy!

Apple Berry Cobbler from the Hideout

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Never been to a rodeo? Well, here’s your chance! In addition to the countless other opportunities and activities we offer to our guests, our wranglers take interested folks in to see the Cody Nite Rodeo each week. The excursion kicks off with an afternoon stroll through historic downtown Cody where you can watch staged gunfights, shop at the local boutiques (the Custom Cowboy Shop is a Hideout favorite) and perhaps even set aside a few hours to tour the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

After you’ve seen the sights and maybe purchased that perfect new pair of boots or hat, you can mosey on over to a delicious Western dinner at The Proud Cut Saloon where they serve up their “kick-ass cowboy cuisine.” Surrounded by four walls of vintage rodeo photographs and several hunting trophies, you can enjoy an authentic Wyoming dinner in style while swapping stories from your week with wranglers and other guests.

The nightly rodeo show starts at 8:00pm and features local cowboys and cowgirls trying to beat the clock  in all of the classic rodeo events like bareback riding, tie down roping, team roping, bull riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and barrel racing.

Bull riding at the Cody Nite Rodeo

For those of you who haven’t been to a rodeo before, this is definitely a great way to experience the town of Cody while taking part in a true Western tradition! After the fun has ended, our wranglers have you home before midnight so you can be up and ready for another day of riding and adventure on the range here at The Hideout. Read more ›

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