The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch in Shell, Wyoming, is an upscale 300,000 acre riding, horsemanship and working cattle guest ranch. The ranch is all-inclusive and located one hour east of Cody (gateway to the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park.) In addition to endless riding opportunities (not nose-to-tail) the ranch offers other activities including trapshooting, fly fishing with an expert guide, hiking, biking, wildlife tours, archery, rodeo excursions, etc. The Hideout does not compromise quality or service and limits guest occupancy to approximately 25 riding guests per week; even during the peak season, guests receive nearly-customized attention. The Hideout is known for its well-trained, personable staff and their horsemanship and working cattle program. With a herd of over 3,000 Black Angus pastured in a rarely seen diversity of scenery, guests at The Hideout get the real cowboy experience. At The Hideout, you will learn to handle livestock and horses correctly through low-stress stockmanship and authentic, respectful horsemanship. The Hideout provides the opportunity for our guests to ride once-wild Mustangs that have been safely gentled and trained using low-stress methods. The Hideout staff and management speak multiple languages and have experience with catering to multicultural guests. The Hideout has a high percentage of repeat guests from around the world. New guests decide to book their guest ranch vacations at The Hideout due to word-of-mouth promotion from other guests and The Hideout’s membership in organizations like the Dude Rancher’s Association, Wyoming Dude Rancher’s Association, Spur Alliance and Top 50 Ranches.
The Hideout takes pride in clean and upscale accommodations, which are decorated in warm western colors using only the highest quality materials. Each room features a private bathroom, cable television, wireless internet, telephone, refrigerator, coffee maker, full amenities, bathrobes, spacious front porch, etc. This ranch is well-funded and the management does not take shortcuts when upgrading cabins, mattresses, furniture and other amenities. The cabins feature king, queen and double beds with pull out sofas and lofts; booking depends what the guests are looking for. The Hideout’s log cabins are cleaned daily with fresh, crisp linens changed in the middle of the week.
It has become apparent that the culinary experience at The Hideout is one of the reasons guests choose to return. Our chef prepares everything from scratch using freshest available ingredients that are often sourced from local farmers. In addition to those juicy marbled Wyoming steaks, The Hideout kitchen serves fish and seafood, pasta, chicken and various other fares with the week’s dining experience culminating at an over-the-top barbecue. The Hideout caters to most diets, including vegetarian and allergic dietary needs. Wine is included with dinner and cocktails during nightly cocktail hour. The Hideout carries a full liquor license and sells alcohol on the premises.
Riding Activities The Hideout is known for its riding, horsemanship and working cattle experience and has become an equestrian destination for guests from around the world. With a full-time horse trainer and wranglers with solid equestrian backgrounds, The Hideout promotes and follows an open-minded approach to horsemanship and riding. The ranch covers 300,000 acres and grazes 1,200 Black Angus cows, their calves and yearlings. If you’re interested in being a ranch hand for a day, you will be riding with the cowboys and participate in work that is needed for the ranch. Non-Riding Activities The Hideout offers an array of non-riding activities including trapshooting, fly-fishing with an expert guide, scenic 4×4 vehicle tours, hiking, biking, Cody Nite Rodeo excursions, cookouts, natural horsemanship clinics, visits to the local dinosaur tracks and dig sites, plus many more possibilities. Each evening, wranglers visit with guests and offer a choice of activities for the next day; all rides at The Hideout see a wrangler to guest ratio of 1 to 5 or less. The Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch is located at 4,200 feet above sea level, but has access to elevations up to 11,000 feet.