The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is a hideaway nestled at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains in the Shell Valley of north central Wyoming. Usually the ranch accommodates between 15 to 25 guests a week, with a maximum of 32 guests, allowing a more personal experience. In high season, there is a horse guest ratio of 80 horses to 25 guests! Thanks to the size of the ranch, single travellers are well accommodated at the ranch, as well as couples and families with older children.
The Hideout offers a cozy central lodge, with two large dining tables, a wood stove, armchairs and a large deck with fine views. You will be assigned sleeping quarters in comfortable guest cabins, with tidy sleeping bags complete with fresh sheets and pillow cases. All cabins have breathtaking views from their porches. In the main lodge there are books, games, a pool table and television. Once a week, evening entertainment consists of cowboy singers. Popular gourmet dinners are offered at this ranch in the dining room where there is a great view. The chef is trained as a Le Cordon Bleu Chef and she makes sure that great care is taken over each dinner. Lunch is served in the dining room or sandwiches are prepared for those who will be on rides all day long. Once a week an outdoor cook out also takes place.
There are 5 duplex guest cabins which have either a queen size bed and pullout sofa or two twin beds and an en suite shower. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, heat, wireless internet, a satellite television and phone. There is also a complimentary snack basket, mini fridge with complimentary beer and soda and an outside porch with rocking chairs.
The Casitas are one bedroom apartments in a two-story, four unit building with porches looking out onto the Shell Creek. The Casitas have a king size bed and a pullout sofa as well as, an individual living room, kitchen and en suite shower. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, heat, a satellite television, phone and washer/dryer. There is also a complimentary snack basket, mini fridge with complimentary beer and soda and an outside porch with rocking chairs.
These luxury homes have 2 master suites with spacious bathrooms, a deck and sitting area with spectacular views of the Bighorn Mountains. There is also a third guest suite (twin beds) with an en suite and flat screen television. This property is also used by The Hideout Private Residence Club and Timeshare concept.
The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is open year round offering winter, spring, summer and fall activities. Four night stays run from Sunday to Thursday and 6 and 13 night stays run from Sunday to Saturday. Please note the horses time off is Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. Transfers can only be arranged from Cody otherwise it is necessary to self drive to the ranch.
The ranch's signature activity is working with authentic cattle drives and branding, exact activities depend on the season of travel. For example, in the summer you will enjoy 'scenic' cattle work, for branding spring is the time. The ranch houses a few thousand cows, calves and yearlings, which are spread over more than 300,000 acres. This guest ranch is suited to all levels of riders with excellent trail rides on offer over beautifully unpopulated areas, scenery ranges from high desert to rocky canyons. Loping is offered for intermediate and advanced riders, during full day rides, you will be on the saddle for six to eight hours. Having learnt that many riders travel often with inexperienced riders, the ranch offers lessons and riding suited to novices too.
As well as quarter horses, the ranch has a growing amount of Mustangs, which if available guests can ride during their stay.
During June - September (weather permitting), there is the opportunity to do an overnight pack trip (additional cost) to the Upper Upper Hideout in the Big Horn Mountains where you will spend the night in tents. Other popular non-riding activities included in a stay and on site are group fly fishing (catch and release), canoeing and kayaking, trap shooting, mountain biking and hiking and a visit to the dinosaur tracks (all seasonal).
The ranch is more focused towards adults and families with older children, who have some equestrian experience. With the exception of July and August, when The Hideout is adult oriented. They do not offer kids programs in these months, but gear activities more towards treating children as young adults.
At an additional cost, the ranch also offers natural horsemanship clinics, massage services, privately guided fly fishing, visits to the Buffalo Bill Historical Centre, the Cody Nite Rodeo and guided visits to Yellowstone.