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The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch
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Reviewed 8 July 2016

My husband and I just returned home from the most amazing vacation we could have imagined at the Hideout. The property and rooms are beautiful, the food is great, the staff is super friendly and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. This Bucket List trip was worth every penny. The manager Peter is warm, welcoming and actively involved with the guests and activities along with his lovely wife. Beyond Expectations!!!

  • Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

What a great experience we just had with family and friends!! A luxury ranch for riders from advanced to no riding. It is not just a vacation, it is being immersed in the world of cowboys, cowgirls, Western culture, and the expanse of our country. Add to that gourmet food, great rooms, flexibility in your activities each day and you have a rare find. I am from the east coast. We just don't have this kind of thing!

My husband, 14 year old son and I went to the ranch with friends. We ranged from advanced riders to non-riders. Well, they are now riders! As a group we took advantage of the fly fishing, trap shooting, archery, four wheel off road tour, cattle herding, private lessons and of course trail riding. And the trail riding is across the most glorious vistas you will ever see.

On hot days ride in the mountains and cooler in the high desert. If you are an advanced rider like me, the wranglers will take you for a lope while the others continue on their trail ride. My riding lesson that I requested was very helpful making the transition from dressage to western. I rode Tex. He is an advanced horse and very well trained responding to every cue. My son rode Flash who was perfect for him. He is a rider. And my husband rode Jaws, named such because he likes to eat.

The horses are clearly cared for. Tom, the Head Wrangler, is a professional horse handler and trainer and supervises this part of the guest ranch. . Rebecca, his wife was our first contact and ongoing organizer and manager. Both were very courteous and extremely knowledgeable.

Marjin, co-owner with her husband Peter, and his aunt Paula, created and runs this great guest ranch and leads many of the trail rides. She gives guidance to riders to improve riding skills and gives you a great guest ranch experience.

The other guests were very interesting and we had a great time. The international flavor of the ranch increases its appeal. Don't hesitate! You won't regret going here.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
2  Thank Lori W
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

Top 10 things we best love at the hideout (in no order)

1. Our horses- Chief is the best horse ever - confident– comfortable ride – well behaved – but Zach says Romeo is the best looking and Spider was very grand looking (I am bias with this list as Chief was my horse)
2. Dinosaur Dig – once in a lifetime priceless experience- Lisa/Alex and Dan were so good at explain the process of Dinosaur digging and we got to take a piece of bone with us!
3. The gourmet meals and service team were awesome- my fav was the key lime pie which was so good and we live in Keys Florida so we know our key lime pies!
4. The landscape and scenery amazing.. It was surreal and overwhelming in a good way- I think everyone should put Wyoming on their bucket list
5. The wranglers were all very interesting and competent – I learned about apple orchards, Mining, Honduras, Life here in the winter, life as a fireman, Mosquitoes , and much more
6. The guests- meals were so much fun and all the guests had amazing life stories and interesting conversations and were all fun to be around – I am so thankful for FB as now easy to keep in contact.
7. The rooms were spacious and cool and the team did a great job of cleaning up after us and keeping the dirt from finding its way into our beds.. The porch was my fav spot to sit and catch up on work stuff after a long day
8. The beds are so comfortable! It was so hard to get up each morning as I want to just keep sleeping and the sheets are so soft and nice texture.
9. All the activities were fun and was good variety – and good to try new things- was easy to be adventurous
10. The ranch is so well run! They like it look so easy but I know a lot goes on behind the scenes as to make something appear smooth means a lot of process and mgmt behind it! So congrats to Micheal Keaton , Rebecca , Peter and Mirjin & Paula

Room Tip: all rooms are awesome
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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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2  Thank KDST
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

Where to begin? Hat's off to the entire staff. All are caring, attentive and well trained. They went to great lengths to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Tom & Rebecca were always helpful. Tom's wrangler crew is top-notch. We could also tell that the horses are carefully selected and well trained. My wife, having ridden only twice before was made to feel comfortable and secure knowing that she was in safe hands with Tom's wranglers keeping an eye on her. We enjoyed the varied rides and the beautiful landscapes. The 4x4 ride with Peter was especially great...

Peter & Marijin are truly wonderful. We felt like house guests! The food, service and accommodations are 5 Star! Our small group stayed in the Cassitas and were more than pleased. Clean, nicely appointed and the view was great! The entire facility is clean and very well maintained.

We could go on, but would run out of room. A BIG thank you to the gang at the Hideout! You were wonderful. Having traveled to many locales through the years, I can honestly say that the week at the ranch was #1.

Jim & Fran

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 June 2016

As a little girl sat watching Westerns with her dad & horsemad, I always knew I wanted to have a go at that! My lovely husband surprised me for my 50th Birthday with a visit to The Hideout & it didn't disappoint, as we loved absolutely all of it!
Days started with the early morning roundup & is not to be missed as all the horses are rounded up & taken up to the enclosure before your mounts are sorted for you on match/ability for each rider. (Already chosen on the questionnaire you fill in, pre-visit)
1st morning is orientation morning to make sure all mounts suit riders etc according to that info!
All the ride outs we were taken on, we're spectacular, any photos we have don't do the scenery justice, as it is just vast & on a grand scale, we were particularly fortunate with all the mountain flowers/cacti in full bloom for us, including the Yucca's which hadn't bloomed for 2yrs as not had wet enough springs till this year so we were very blessed to see full blooms of lupins, larkspur, prickly pear, 4-get-me-nots, yucca's, big yellow daisy like ones & many more!
Working the cattle was just fabulous, anytime you need a ranchhand Tom, I am available? I just loved it, felt like I'd been there before in another lifetime, however that was only the riding, never did get chance to try out roping, thank goodness that might have blown my cover? Lol
The accommodation was fabulous, very comfortable, clean, spacious & our cabin was right next to the meadow where the horses were so we had a great view & frequently got visits next to the cabin from the local deer population whom obviously visited regularly:) lovely to see the wildlife up close:)
Cocktail hour at 18.30 every evening was a time to sort out where/what you wanted to do the next day, as nothing was regimented it was very much entirely up to you! The choices were whole/half day ride, cattle work, rest day, fishing shooting, dinosaur dig, 4x4 adventure with Peter:) (ur secrets safe with me Peter...Lol)
We were even guests at a wedding as a couple whom were guests got married on horseback that week as well:)
I cried everyday withjoy & sheer wonderment of being there & doing what had long been a dream of mine & loved everyday equally:)
The natural Horsemanship is in practice all the time & Toms expertise with his clinic was informative but allowed you to open your mind to endless opportunities to individualise it to that particular horse, what works with one horse may be different with another & they were all treated as individuals! I learnt something new every day! Which is exactly what it is all about, to never stop learning & opening your mind to work best with our equine friends!
All the staff at The Hideout were fabulous & I thank you all for helping to make a childhood dream come true:)xxx

Room Tip: All rooms excellant
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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

My wife and I have traveled quite extensively over the years, visited dozens of foreign countries with many memorable experiences but none better than our recent stay at the Hideout. And although the natural beauty of the surrounding areas is breathtaking and incredibly beautiful, what made this trip so special is the manner in which guests are taken care of by hosts, Peter and Marijn and the many talented and hard working employees who truly demonstrate a genuine love for their work and that is unquestionably apparent in every single thing that they undertake and do. From riding, driving cattle, skeet shooting, archery, fly fishing and 4X4 travel into the hills; all activities were very well planned with much consideration to making each experience as memorable and enjoyable as it could possibly be.

The horses, the true stars of the week, were well trained, disciplined and kind to all riders, from beginners to the more advanced ones, a tribute to all Wranglers but in particular, Tom, the Head Wrangler who also ran a Horsemanship session that was not only interesting but most informative. Not to be overlooked in our incredible week’s stay at the Hideout were the efforts of Rebecca who made sure that all aspects of our stay went exactly as planned and chef, Mary who saw that every meal was quite scrumptious.

Thank you again for all of the authentic, truly enjoyable and lasting memories that you have provided. It is with great pleasure and appreciation that my wife and I award the Hideout with the well deserved FIVE HORSESHOE RATING.

Roberta and Peter.

Room Tip: The Casitas
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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Peter D
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Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

With only a few words - Best riding ranch vacation we ever did.
There is nothing, and i mean really nothing, wich we could complain.
Phantastic horses, nice and helpful wranglers, superb rooms and great food. We will come back for shure.

Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Andy R
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Additional Information about The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch

Address: 3170 Road 40 1/2, Shell, WY 82441
Region: United States > Wyoming > Shell
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Shell
Number of rooms: 14
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