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The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

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3170 Road 40 1/2, Shell, WY 82441
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If you’ve ever wanted to get away to the West and experience the life of a true cowboy, then it’s time you mount up with us at The Hideout. Nestled at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains in northern Wyoming, our authentic guest ranch boasts over 130 horses for our guests to choose from and we can easily accommodate both beginners and seasoned riders. In addition to riding and cattle work, our guests can try their hand at fly-fishing with a guide, trap shooting, archery, go on a 4x4 tour, enjoy gourmet dining, or relax in our pool and take in all the beauty of the Cowboy State. Come live your dream -- visit the Hideout!
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Monica P wrote a review Apr. 2022
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Our stay at the ranch was one of the most memorable weeks of our lives. Everything about The Hideout is PERFECT! The owners have created a magical place that before visiting one would believe existed only in dreams. The beautiful location, the outstanding horses, the great riding, the scenic trails, the luxurious cabins, the gourmet meals, the warm and attentive service, and above all, the amazing people, all make the Hideout a very unique and special place. We enjoyed so very much spending time with everyone there and are looking forward to returning soon! We too will become repeat guests like so many others!
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Trish N wrote a review Jan. 2022
Charlotte Hall, Maryland1 contribution
This was the second time I've visited The Hideout. This place has a magic to it. The horses, the wranglers, the food, the owners and the accommodations are top notch. They have horses for all abilities. I went by myself both times and thoroughly enjoyed it. There friends, couples, and even 3 generational families. Both times I came back feeling that all is right with the world. The second time even more so. You cannot go wrong with visiting this wonderland.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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tsd wrote a review Nov. 2021
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We've been to 3 guest ranches prior to our visit to The Hideout and loved each one for a different reason. We enjoy exploring different parts of the country and never thought we would want to visit the same place twice. It's hard to put into words why we are going to return to The Hideout. It's a combination of the owners, amazing staff, horses and location. Our visit surpassed our expectations. The food was delicious, the grounds were breathtaking, the staff could not have been more accommodating, and the riding was spectacular. We cant wait to return next year. Happy trails.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Angela H wrote a review Oct. 2021
Albany, California14 contributions10 helpful votes
I've been to several guest ranches, and the Hideout is the best all-around for their hospitality, their horses, the spectacular scenery, and the fascinating staff and guests. The cabins look charmingly rustic but are immaculate and equipped with espresso maker and mini-fridge, luxurious beds and steaming hot showers. Rocking chairs on the porch are the perfect place to relax after an exciting day in the saddle. Melanie in the office is amazingly well-organized and has truly thought of everything. Cocktails at 6:30 in the evening are the time to meet the other guests, watch a slideshow of the days' adventures, and decide on your ride for the next day. Marijn and Peter are wonderful hosts! The food is delicious and healthy, beautifully presented, and attentively served by Rachel and her crew. When I raved about her chocolate ganache cake, Rachel made sure I got the recipe. There were about 20 guests when I was there, and that seemed like the perfect size. Enough so we could break into smaller groups by interest and riding ability, but not so many that it would be hard to get to know everyone by the end of the week. Fabulous as all that was, the horses and the wranglers were the superstars. The horses were a delight to ride: well-mannered, sure-footed, and forward. Nina would say, "Shall we move a little?" and off we'd go! Beautiful long trots and lopes over the rangelands. They did a great job of pairing horses and riders, and tailoring rides for the guests. They also helped me adapt my English skills to the Western style (listen when they suggest lengthening your stirrups!) and gave beginners loads of personal attention. Each wrangler carried a camera and snapped pictures of us throughout the day, so there was no need to fumble with your phone. We rode through (and up, and down) jaw-dropping scenery, and every ride was exciting and beautiful in different ways. Advice: Sunscreen is essential, including lip balm with SPF. Make sure your boots and pants don't chafe too much--long-johns and tall socks can help. If you're not used to the altitude, give yourself a couple of days to adjust and drink plenty of water. The cabins are duplexes and not sound-proof, so if you're a light sleeper you might want to mention that to your neighbor. Don't feel self-conscious about wearing a helmet: about a third of us were helmeted when I was there.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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lhicks150 wrote a review Oct. 2021
Deephaven, Minnesota5 contributions4 helpful votes
The cabins are darling, cozy and perfectly appointed. Their wranglers determine my riding ability each year and match me with the perfect horse. The food! Oh the food! In 6 days, we did not have a bad meal. It was healthy, beautifully presented and the staff in the lodge was so warm and friendly and knew my name by day 2! The shop surprisingly has a great selection of fun stuff Each day we rode a different trail and never nose to tail. We were made to feel special last year and again this year as they took us on a trail that few go on-they had enough faith in our ability and horsemanship that they felt we could handle it-we felt so special! It was a rough trail but we accomplished it. No worries, there are tons of trails for beginning riders and for real beginners, they will give you lessons before you go out on the trails.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Kirsten C wrote a review Oct. 2021
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I booked our stay at The Hideout about 1 1/2 years in advance (and I suggest you book early too because the secret is out about this place) after years of researching the best ranch experience for my family. It gave me ample time to get very excited about our trip, and the bar was set extremely high. I still cannot believe how greatly the experience exceeded all of my expectations. My husband and I flew in to Billings as there were no convenient flights to Cody during the shoulder season. We came in a few days early to adjust to the difference in elevation and spent the time checking out Yellowstone National Park. He commented that it was nice to have a vacation before our vacation, and we saw some incredible wildlife. On the first day of our ranch adventure, we pulled up to the front of the main lodge and were immediately greeted by Melanie, who recognized us right away. She was even more friendly and knowledgeable than she seemed in her e-mails. She took us on a short tour of the lodge before showing us to our cabin (which was in pristine order…thank you Guille and team!). We got to meet the rest of the guests that night at cocktail hour and were introduced to the incomparable kitchen team. Rachel keeps a first-rate kitchen without sacrificing any of the cozy, ranch family feel. The coffee was out of this world, and available 24/7. Special thanks to Rachel and Denise for superb food (which was especially impressive since there were a few gluten-free guests our week) and to Josh, Raven, and Amy for excellent service and conversation. The second day, we met Marjin in the barn for orientation and our riding evaluation (for riders claiming an ability of level 3+). Ramon was unavailable the first few days due to a recent injury, but we got to meet him later in the week. Some of the return guests raved about his winter horsemanship clinics which we discovered were completely booked. My husband and I were paired with well-trained horses that matched our abilities. The horses only work 3 days per week, so we got new mounts in the middle of the week. I absolutely loved both horses I rode! The Hideout really does an exceptional job matching the right horses with the right riders. There is a sizeable difference between my riding experience and my husband’s but at no time did either of us feel unsafe or unhappy with our adventure whether we rode together or in other groups. We really had a blast with Emily, Annika, Dinette, and Amy…we unfortunately didn’t get to know Nina and Laura quite as well…But these kind, mighty lady wranglers have a great sense of humor and a wealth of experience between them. All of the other days follow a pattern. At cocktail hour on the prior day Marjin or one of the wranglers will make recommendations and group guests for activities for the next day. The day begins with breakfast in the main lodge at 8am. All day rides meet at the main lodge at 8:30 or 8:50 am based on location (you get a gourmet sandwich lunch to take with you), half day rides meet at the barn at 8:50 am and 1:50 pm with lunch between at the main lodge. Cocktail hour starts at 6:30pm, but you should get there early to check out the photos taken during the different adventures of the day, and is followed by dinner and dessert. We can’t wait to go back!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Carol H wrote a review Oct. 2021
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As a single woman traveling alone to Shell I had some concerns, as to how I would fit in. I can honestly say this was the most welcoming group of people from Wranglers, Kitchen staff, Office and Pete & Marijn, the Owners I felt like part of the group. And all the other Guests were friendly and out going. I made many new friends, and look forward to seeing them all again. The riding was like no riding I have ever done before, as a somewhat experienced rider we covered terrain that you think you would never ride, and the beauty is overwhelming, the horses were sure footed and trusting, I felt comfortable on the two horses I rode that week. If you are a single horsewoman and want an experience to ride and feel great The Hideout is the place. I can't wait to return to great food, great riding and truly great friend's!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Maureen W. wrote a review Sep. 2021
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The Hideout Ranch is incomparable to any other ranch that I have ever experienced. I keep going back to the Hideout many times over because the riding is so amazing and diverse, the terrain so varied that one never tires of the hundred mile big sky views. The many incredible horses to ride are extraordinarily well trained, friendly, and well behaved. The staff, from reception to housekeeping to wranglers and owners, are warm, welcoming, and engaging. They participate with guests in many cocktail hours, lunches, dinners, and on the rides, making guests feel part of the Hideout Ranch family. The lodging is immaculately clean, well appointed, warm and inviting. The meals are made by a skilled chef who accommodates a wide variety of food allergies and tastes, with a diversity of gourmet and comfort food options. Riding with the owners, Peter and Marijn, offers amazing opportunities to enhance one's own riding abilities through their shared professional knowledge and experience. They make the rides challenging, fun, educational, and exciting every day. Opportunities to herd cattle and see wild horse herds on the Big Horn range are a regular part of the Hideout Ranch experience as well, so don't miss this incredible guest ranch! Maureen W.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Deb B wrote a review Sep. 2021
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Having been to another guest ranch, as a first time visitor to the Hideout, my expectations were exceeded (although I loved the other ranch as well!). The Hideout is a beautiful ranch with exquisite scenery and the opportunity to ride in multiple areas, both close to the property and up in high country. I echo another reviewer, experienced riders have access to challenging rides (at times, a little white-knuckle), while beginners are kept closer, which is appropriate. The horses are fabulous: responsive and sure-footed when they need to be, and staff do a good job making matches. Owners Marijn and Peter are an integral part of each week; they are approachable and caring. The rest of the staff from Melanie in the office and Rachel in the kitchen (and her staff) to the wranglers (and Ramone) are hugely accommodating and you will be taken care of and allowed to do what you're comfortable doing (and maybe pushed out of your comfort zone a bit :) I definitely honed my riding skills during my week there and I look forward to going back!!
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Grumbly wrote a review Sep. 2021
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For those desiring a postcard picturesque ranch that offers an intense, challenging riding experience, and one that also serves tasty food, The Hideout is THE place. I’ve gone on five ranch trips, visiting four, twice staying at The Hideout. All of the others were enjoyable, though this one stands above the rest. Run by married owners Peter (delightfully charming) and Marijn (friendly...spirited), this is a ranch for serious riders, though beginners can enjoy, too. There are numerous trails (I believe over 15) with stunning views. I ride fairly well so have some idea what can work for various level of rider. Some fast rides are pretty fierce, while others offer palm-sweating heights, for instance a drop of hundreds of feet...like...feet away, as these horses climb mountains. For even the more moderate rides I often marvel how steep the hills and crevaces these monkey-horses navigate, which beginner riders may find challenging. Still, the talented wranglers (all female) are very safety-conscious, led by head wrangler Nina, who is a treat. (Have her tell the tale of screaming at teens who got out of line. Left me with nightmares for weeks.) The ranch folks will attempt to place guests on trails/trips that match skill levels. (A mild ride with gorgeous yet tranquil views - I believe called Trapper - slices through a narrow area of rocky hills, allowing in some areas straight, easy loping on flat ground.) For those new, or with limited horsey experience, it is still best to inquire what can expect of a certain trail before going on that trip. As gain knowledge and confidence during the week can bump up to the more daring (scary) ones. My possessing some background with ranches, whichever is selected it is critical to inquire if loping is permitted. Not all allow. One I visited only had loping in a large ring. No worries at The Hideout. Plenty of land to ride like the wind. And will lope extremely fast and long on flat land, as well as hills, sort of like slalom skiiing, zipping this way and that through bushes and all sorts of ground thingies. As written by others: staff and wranglers are personable, friendly, and knowledgeable; the Food Network quality ranch cuisine is delicious with lots of variety, genial master chef Rachel at the helm; only 25 guests max so get to know folks quickly; stunning grounds; breathtaking views; amiable Melanie masterfully handles the office stuff, prompt in replying to emails; and of course, the stars: great horses. Will ride 2-3 while there, the wranglers and Marijn matching horse to rider. Other things to consider when selecting a ranch are price and activities. The Hideout is pricey compared to some. Also, nonriding activities are limited, this mainly a ranch for those who were born to ride. If not really into horses, after two days of this five day riding adventure likely will get very bored. The beautiful and spacious, tastefully decorated cabins are duplex. First stay could hear neighbors, though my recent visit a solo traveler was next door, super nice guy, quiet as a sleepy mouse. The cattle work my last stay was awesome, hundreds of cows gathered and moved City Slickerish, though the first trip we did not see as many cows, some likely having the day off. Although guests play cowgirl and cowboy, the two cow dogs probably internally giggle as they clearly can herd the cattle without our “assistance.” On this year’s chilly roundup day, channeling an 1860 cowboy life, senses were heightened when out on the plains, middle of who knows where, we watched a thunderous storm heading our way. Nowhere to hide, we got off our horses, bundled up, and let it run through us. The gentleman who led this day may have lost track of time, possibly needing to get us back for dinner by a certain hour. When cattle work concluded he said we were going to fast trot, and walk...for the next seven miles back to the trailers (insert shocked emoji), which in reality became fast trot and slow trot...approaching an hour (insert painful emoji). If you have ever experienced lengthy trotting before... (insert crying emoji). It also cold by then, this became an internal mind over matter God-Please-Get-Me-Through-This endurance test. Sadly, some guests never made it, left for the wolves. (Ok, maybe not.) If desiring a memorable luxury ranch experience The Hideout really can’t be beat. (I have reviewed all ranches I visited. One great for kids, with lots of activities, and reasonably priced, is White Stallion Ranch in Arizona.)
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch
What are some of the property amenities at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch?
Yes, guests have access to a heated pool during their stay.
Does The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch have airport transportation?
Yes, The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.9 km away from the centre of Shell.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.