Pool life at The Hideout
The Hideout is thrilled to offer a beautiful heatedlap pool with views to die for. What is more rewarding and relaxing after a day in the saddle than dipping in a pool with crystal clear, refreshing water? Our 60’ x 18’ lap pool is 4 ½ – 5 feet in depth and resembles an infinity pool as you swim directly towards Shell Canyon and the Big Horn Mountains. The pool is managed by a state-of-the-art computer and cleaning system using UV light, which reduces the use of harsh chemicals. We usually keep the water temperature at 80F.
Adjacent to the pool is a stylish log pool house where guests can escape the strong Wyoming sun. The pool is secluded from the cabins and lodge to provide a peaceful and private place to relax.
During Covid-19, we urge guests to keep at least 6ft distance when swimming or spending time around the pool.
Fly-Fishing and Tenkara Fly-Fishing
From May through November and even during Winter, except during Spring snow melt run off, there is great fly-fishing available. The Spring snow run off varies from season to season, but usually happens from mid-May through the end of June. During that time, you can fish in our stocked ponds.
If you would like to go out fishing on your own, we have fly-rods, waders, tack and flies available to use. Additional flies and tack can be sourced locally.
If you would like to go out with a professional guide, let us know ahead of time and we can connect you with a professional guide to take you out in the Big Horn Mountains or in the Yellowstone Park / Cody area on the big streams. Please make sure to book these guides well ahead of time as they are usually booked well in advance.
At The Hideout, we have access to a variety of streams, ponds, and casting ponds. You will need to buy a daily fishing license for each day you fish. You can do this in The Hideout Lodge going online.
Advanced, hard core fly-fishers will find The Bighorn Mountains and Greater Yellowstone Area one of most pristine fly-fishing paradises in the West. We fish for Brown, Rainbow, Cutthroat and Brook Trout.
Tenkara Style Fly-Fishing
At The Hideout we also offer Tenkara Rods, which is a more simple and basic way of fly-fishing originating from Japan. This simple yet elegant style of fly-fishing allows the angler to present the fly with delicacy and precision without the hassle of long lines. Tenkara Fly-Fishing has been practiced for hundreds of years in Japan to fish mountain streams and lakes. This amazingly simple way of fly-fishing eliminates the struggle with and focus on the fishing material, and instead offers a no hassle way of fly-fishing.
Especially for the beginning fly-fisher or fishing in small mountain streams and ponds, this is a very enjoyable, no-hassle way of fly-fishing and is an easy way to learn fly-fishing.
The Hideout is a riding destination, which means that most of the guests who would like to fish are beginning and less experienced fly-fishers. Observing the struggle of beginning fishermen with the traditional fly-rods made the introduction of the Tenkara method a no-brainer.
We source all our equipment from www.tenkararodco.com. This website offers also video’s introducing this way of fly-fishing. We have a selection of Tenkara Fly Rods available at The Hideout. Our owner, Peter, will be happy to show you the basics of Tenkara Fly Fishing. But we invite you to watch one of the videos on Tenkara fishing. We do have traditional Fly-Fishing equipment available also.
Please note that booking a professional fly-fishing guide is not included in the price of your stay at The Hideout. You will also need to buy a Wyoming Fishing License.
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. The minimum age for trapshooting is 14 years and parents must accompany their kids. Safety first!
During Covid-19 times we do not practice archery as the instructor can not keep social distance.
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. Many guests take a break from the riding Wednesday afternoon to drive to Cody. Cody is one of the nicest Western towns in Wyoming and guests like to visit and shop the many stores on Main Street. Cody is also home to The Buffalo Bill Museum of The West. One of the best museums around and also called The Smithsonian of The West. The Rodeo starts at 8 PM.
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 Polaris Range Mega Cab. 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.
During Covid-19 times we do not organize these 4×4 tours as packing 4 or 5 people in a vehicle prevents keeping Social Distance.
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.
In 2006 Marijn and Peter bought The Shell Store, a local landmark built in 1894 and one of the only buildings constructed in local sandstone. The building was a ruin and the surrounding park in the center of Shell a junkyard. I took years of clean up, construction and investments to restore the building and park to its current condition. Since April 2020 Emely and Kevin Clark who own and operate The Shell Campground opened a cafe, taphouse and bistro in the building. It was an immediate success and people are driving in from far to enjoy this unique place and great hospitality. Many varieties of beers on the tap, check out the pastries, drink a late or enjoy one of the excellent hamburgers. And do not forget to visit the gift shop.
Since it was constructed in 1894, The Shell Store has been a gathering place for locals to hang out and visit. Few trips in to The Big Horns and back go by without the locals stopping for supplies, food or just to hang out and share fishing, hunting, cowboying, ranch, gold panning, camping, biking, hiking or other stories.