The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, located 1 hour east of Cody and 2 hours from Yellowstone National Park, is an upscale 100-year old, 300,000 acre working cattle, riding, horsemanship and fly-fishing guest ranch located in Shell, Wyoming. This ranch offers the unique combination of a large operational cattle ranch with an upscale hospitality experience and a selection of non-riding activities. Limited to around 25 riding guests on a weekly.
This area is one of the least dense populated in the US and enjoys a seldom seen variety of scenery due the many exposed formations. Depending on the season you can ride in elevations ranging from 4200 to up to 11,000+. Because of the high level of riding and horsemanship, The Hideout enjoys a growing number of international travelers along with US and Canadian travelers looking for a riding ranch.
Lodging, food and personal attention are upscale. The owners and management is very actively involved in the well-being of the guests so no corners are cut. The Hideout staff speaks four languages.
Paula & David Flitner – Peter & Marijn De Cabooter & Staff
1-800-354-8637; (307) 765-2080
$2,085 (4 nights) – $2,995 (6 nights) – $6,485 (13 nights)
4-night-stays (Spring & Fall), Limited 4-night-stays (Summer)
30% at booking to secure rate and confirm reservation.
Visa, MasterCard, American Express; personal checks and wire transfers
Airport Pick-up: Cody, WY ($225 per booking up to 5 people); Rental cars available at airports with commercial flights.
Dude Ranchers Association, Wyoming Dude Ranchers Association, Top 50 Ranches, Spur Alliance
The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch can accommodate 42 guests, but the management only allows around 25 riding guests per week to keep the experience personal, genuine and almost customized. To make your stay unforgettable, The Hideout hires professional and flexible staff with a genuinely positive “can do” attitude.
The lodging at The Hideout is upscale and well-appointed in full log cabins with modern amenities. There are different styles of rooms available ranging from the traditional Hideout Cabins to the Casitas and the very upscale Hideout Homes. A guest house with three bedrooms, loft, kitchen, two bathrooms and living room is located three miles down the road for those who desire complete privacy. If you prefer fine, luxurious upscale housing there is The Hideout Home, a three bedroom, high end family home that can be rented at a premium.
All rooms and lodges are very clean, including well kept amenities and décor that is updated on a yearly basis. All rooms and lodges are cleaned daily with a mid-week turn during which all sheets, towels, etc. are replaced by housekeeping.
The premises are well maintained.
No expense or effort is spared when it comes to quality; you will not find ten-year old mattresses in your room. The Hideout is well-funded and uses every resource to keep accommodations in top shape.
Their unique history and international assets offer guests both the experience of an upscale guest ranch and the ability to experience a 100-year old operational cattle ranch in one of the most remote and nearly untouched areas of Wyoming. Quality, safety and professionalism are key to this operation.
More and more guests, both new and returning, come to The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch for its rich culinary reputation. The executive chef keeps up with culinary trends from across the world. The Hideout’s chef pays attention to the importance of healthy food, using fresh ingredients from our own ranch garden, local farmers markets and small farms in the region.
The Hideout offers three full meals per day with wine at dinner and a nightly cocktail hour – all covered by the all-inclusive rates at The Hideout. The hearty Western-style breakfasts include hot items such as omelets, French toast, pancakes, fresh fruits and pastries and a selection of cereals, fruit juice and yogurt.
Guests who choose to have lunch at the main lodge will enjoy a delicious sit down lunch complete with fresh iced tea and a light dessert. Otherwise, a hearty sack lunch with made-to-order sandwiches, fresh fruit, granola bars and other snacks is made for you to take on the trail. After a day of riding or other pursuits, guests take a refreshing shower and then head over to cocktail hour where they are treated to variety of hors d’oeuvres and conversation before a 3-course dinner. On the menu there are western staples like delicious certified Angus steaks, but there are also other favorites like fresh fish, lamb, chicken, game, etc.
During the summer months of June through September, weekly cookouts are a favorite of the guests and staff alike and serve as a culinary and social finale to the week.
The Hideout is not your typical nose-to-tail guest ranch. A variety of excellent non-riding activities are offered including a great fly-fishing program. Many of the guests come from around the world to ride to spend hours in the saddle on excellent horses or to learn to ride, participate in cattle work, attend horsemanship clinics, and learn how to work cattle on the range with the cowboys using low stress herding methods. The Hideout owns and trains most of their horses, all of which get fine tuned on a regular basis. This intensive, detail-oriented riding and horsemanship program is why The Hideout attracts many experienced equestrian travelers and beginners alike. Along with Quarter Horses and Paints guests can also ride their growing number of well- trained Mustangs.
The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch offers a variety of non-riding activities in addition to horseback riding. There is a great trap shooting program with .12 and .20 gauge Beretta shotguns, canoeing, kayaking, fishing & fly-fishing, great hiking and mountain biking in a rarely seen variety of country and scenery, 4×4 tours in the mountains, wildlife tours, swimming ponds, ranch tours and the office will be very happy to help you plan a trip to Yellowstone and organizes weekly Cody Nite Rodeo excursions during the season. The Hideout Lodge features a game room with foosball table, billiards, ping pong and other games. On a regular basis, The Hideout organizes special weeks with varying themes including photography, horsemanship, art, culinary arts and others.
The Hideout also involves the local people and business of this little town of 83 people in Shell, which offers another unique local piece of Wyoming’s charm.
Each evening, one of the wranglers will meet with the guests during cocktail hour to discuss what is available and what activities the guests would like to and sign up to participate in the following day. Families or groups can either do the activities together or enjoy what they individually prefer.
During the summer months as of mid June, July to Mid- August and in during Spring Break The Hideout welcomes families and parents with kids from the age of eight to enjoy all that The Hideout has to offer. There is no children’s program and parents will ride, dine and be with their children and teenagers.
The Hideout does not offer a special kids program with counselors and nannies (except for groups buying out the ranch for the week), because we believe that families need to enjoy and experience this precious vacation time “togethering” with each other. Many American, Canadian and international families with teenagers visit The Hideout over the summer and forge long-lasting family memories.
As a family you will learn that this way of life and traditions still exist in The American West on a century old, 300,000 acre ranch. That cowboys, ranching, cattle, horses and living off the land really do exist and that video games and devices are not necessary out on the range. After their vacation the kids will know which end the hay or grass goes in to the horses and cows. They will know that horses are still needed to get the job done and that cars, trucks and 4-wheelers are helpful, but need the help of horses, cowboys and our guests.
We offer a variety of activities, but most of the kids want to go riding or participate in the cattle work once they get their first taste of what it’s like to be a cowboy!
Outside of the school vacation months, The Hideout is mainly visited by adults of different ages and nationalities as couples, singles and groups of friends.
We are family operated with one side of our family operating and managing the guest ranch and hospitality who are well traveled, have international experience and language skills and the other side of our family who has ranched and farmed in this valley for over a 100-years, taking care of the ranch and farm life.
4200 to 11,000 feet
65 miles East of Cody, Wyoming (120 miles from the East Entrance Yellowstone National Park) in Shell, Wyoming (population 87) in the Big Horn Mountains and Big Horn National Forest.
Commercial airports: Cody, WY (65 miles); Sheridan, WY (87 miles); Billings, MT (140 miles).
Private planes can land in Greybull at 15 miles.