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The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch in Shell, Wyoming
Sprawling over more than a quarter-million acres in north central Wyoming, The Hideout is the centerpiece of the 100-year-old Lodge & Guest Ranch. One of the largest working cattle ranches in the American West, this singular getaway offers an authentic experience in the hamlet of Shell at the base of the Big Horn Mountains. Heal your world-weary spirit and embrace your inner cowboy or girl as you ride quarter horses along spectacular scenic trails, join in seasonal cattle drives and roundups, and participate in invigorating day-to-day ranch activities. If you are searching for an authentic cattle ranch experience combined with high-end pampering and comforts, an upscale international crowd, all in a personal 32-guest boutique setting, you will surely discover all this and more at Flitner Ranch.
When it comes to your own private slice of paradise, you can expect more than an ole cowpoke's bedroll. Accommodations capture the spirit of the region, and include contemporary Western Casita apartments, Western-style log Cabins and the remote Upper Hideout in the Big Horn Mountains. As for chuck wagon delights, days begin with hearty breakfasts and wind down with elegant meals that include ranch-raised Angus steaks. Flitner Ranch employs a Le Gordon Bleu Chef who many times teams up in the kitchen with the prestigious chef from the neighboring Trapper Creek Lodge & Supper Club, making the combination a memorable culinary experience. When not ropin' and ridin', you will find endless diversions, such as trout fishing, wildlife photography, and exploratory trips to dinosaur digs.
Location of The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch
Nearest Airport: CDG
Amenities for The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch
- General Information
- 16 Guest Rooms
- Dining Room
- On-Site Amenities
- Billiards Table
- Gift Shop
- Game Room
- Live Entertainment
- Swimming Pond
- Fishing Pond
- Laundry Facilities
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Satellite Television
- Mountain Biking
- Fly Fishing
- Trail Riding
- Active & Adventure
- Lodges & Ranches
- Ski & Snow
- Winter Getaways
Reviews for The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch
I am unsure what I can add to the great reviews for The Hideout, but I will try. The staff was amazing. From housekeeping, kitchen, office and to the management we received nothing less than great, friendly service. We were there for a different type trip as ours was a photography safari. I have been to many photography workshops and by far this was the best. The wranglers and horses were stunning to photograph. And let me be clear, I understand and have owned horses for 50 years. These were great horses and great riders. Truly a joy to photograph. The food was gourmet. I ate a lot of things that I would normally turn my nose up at. Point blank, the food was to die for. We did have a couple of people on our trip with special dietary needs. Neither of these two mentioned anything about special needs but the staff noted that certain things were left uneaten. After questioning both as to why, they altered only their future meals without being asked. We did not ride but I can tell you that the places that we photographed looked wonderfully inviting for a ride. Do not call this place a 'dude ranch', it is not. It is a western experience.
ahop1 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I just got back from The Hideout and cannot wait to go back. It was truly the best trip I've ever taken (and that's saying something considering I've been to some pretty awesome places in Europe and North America.) Over the last 3 years I've taken up horseback riding and after watching the Unbranded documentary on wild mustangs, I felt compelled to leave my east coast rolling hills and find an experience out west. After stumbling on The Hideout's web page and reading all the great reviews, I rounded up three buddies to join me (we're all 40-50) even though they only had limited riding experience. To keep this review from turning into a guide book, let me try and summarize some of the highlights: 1. Scenery - every turn, every hill, every overlook seemed more majestic than the past. Even if you've spent hours looking at pictures from Wyoming, none of them can do justice to actually being there. The ranch itself is in a beautiful location and each of the rides is more breath-taking than the last. 2. Facilities - the rooms, dining area, grounds, everything are beautifully maintained. Even the tack room - with over 60 saddles - is the the cleanest tack room I've ever been in. 3. Staff - from the wranglers, to the owners, to the kitchen crew, everyone seemed to genuinely enjoy their job (even after an entire season of meeting 25 new guests each week!) and want to help the guests feel comfortable. (One of the guests got a stomach bug for a couple days and the kitchen crew specially made soup and other easy foods and took them to her room!) They care, they're passionate and it's delightful to be around every one of them. 4. Horses - 99 horses and each of us loved the ones we rode. They know their horses strengths, personality and temperament and somehow match you up with just the right mount for every ride. Personally, I'd asked to ride one of their mustangs and was delighted to partner with Kicker for the first three days. They did switch me to a different horse on Thursday to give him some rest, but even Lorena was a very nice, responsive ride with good get-up-and-go. 5. New friends - Since I was bringing my own 4-person posse with me, I wasn't really expecting to make new friends. But having three meals a day and riding together really allowed lots of time for conversations with everyone and by the end of the week, it felt like a family. By Tuesday, half our group was retiring to the game room after dinner for ping pong, pool, and foosball tournaments. In fact, several of us made plans to return during the same week next year so we can have a reunion! If you've been researching various ranches for the last few weeks, stop searching and just book The Hideout. It's so popular, they very well may be running out of space and then you'll have to settle for second-best somewhere else! Now just a couple helpful tips: 1. If you book a room in a casita, there is a washer and dryer in your room (which should help you pack less). If you're in a cabin, the washer and dryer are in the main lodge building. 2. The Hideout is big on western fashion so don't skimp on bringing your favorite western wear, scarves, hats and boots. Personally, I found that wearing something brightly colored each day made for the best pictures! 3. Saddlebums.com - go there and spend $50 on a pair of cowboy underwear. No explanation needed :) 4. There are a lot of non-riding activities - we expected to fly-fish, shoot guns, etc - but once we experienced the fun and scenery of riding, we didn't miss one ride. Even if it rains, you'll ride anyway and it's still enjoyable. I think I calculated that we spent about 24 hours in the saddle during the week. 5. When you arrive, stop by the gift shop and rent a yellow rain slicker and chinks (chaps). The slicker ain't fashionable, but it's more effective than anything you can fit in your suitcase and will free up space to bring other stuff. And the chinks are essential to keep your jeans getting snagged by thorns and brush on some of the narrower trails. Have a great time and hope to meet you there!
Shane T - Charlotte
My mother and I had the most memorable and special experience at the Hideout last week. I knew the horseback riding and the scenery would be stupendous, having read up before the trip. What I had not realized, however, was to what extent the Hideout would make the week so meaningful for us. Both mom and I found that the very reason for our wish to return, more than anything else â€” even more than the treasured horseback riding and all the loping (and that is saying a lot for me!) ---, is the genuine openness, energy, and passion for life that Peter and Marijn share with us. We consider ourselves very fortunate and blessed to have experienced many things in life, but what they have created at the Hideout is very uncommon and exceptional. Beyond a great week of living out a dream, they have also made us more curious, hungry, and inspired to reassess life and to live it to our fullest. So as someone who lives by an unwritten rule to always venture into new places for every vacation, and someone who has never broken this rule thus far (other than to visit families and friends), I am already thinking ahead about the schedule for a return trip. I am particularly grateful for our conversation with Peter and Marijn during the last dinner on Friday evening. It was food for my heart and soul, and I will always remember and treasure their thoughts about life and approach to life. It was precious beyond words for me to have such a conversation, to stop and ponder about the what is important about my life, what makes it worthwhile. They, along with Tom and Rebecca, create a place and space to which I would love to belong and share. This is no simple western ranch vacation. There are many destinations which may be just that â€” for us, the Hideout is far more. We are just so impressed with how everyone took such good care of every single one of us. It is very obvious to us that they take much pride and passion for their work, and it has been our privilege and inspiration to experience it. We sincerely appreciated all the attention to details, thoughtfulness for our well being, to allow the best experience we could possibly have. We would like to sincerely thank everyone, all the staff. Food was great, and again, everyone was such joy to be with. We also found the guests to be a delightful group of wonderful people, and I found the last dinner to be unexpectedly an emotional gathering. It is rare that you meet people from all different walks of life and share meals together and bond so quickly, to have opportunities to learn different perspectives in life. All the wranglers were fantastic. They were very interesting people from different parts of the country, and all were capable, consummate professionals. You get the sense that everyone who works there, like the guests, choose to be there and want to be there. It is indeed a magical environment, not least because of the natural splendor that surrounds it. If you are fortunate like us, you might just find something far beyond a great western vacation at the Hideout.
fivercho - Salt Lake City, Utah
Our family group of four siblings plus spousesâ€”mostly beginning ridersâ€”enjoyed a terrific week at The Hideout (18â€“24 September 2016). We heartily recommend it to anyoneâ€”individuals, couples, families, groupsâ€”looking for a rewarding adventure in a spectacular setting. Excursions on horseback took us into the magnificent canyons and along the creeks of the Big Horn Mountains. More experienced riders went higher into the mountains. We all had the opportunity to herd cattle alongside the wranglers. The Hideout delivered what it advertises in every respect: horsemanship, service, culinary excellence, warm and supportive reception. The owners and managers participated in all aspects of the programâ€”accompanying riders, teaching neophytes, encouraging the reticent. More important, they are energetic, outgoing, warm, down-to-earth people who love what they do, and do everything possible to ensure their guests have a wonderful time. They describe the Hideout culture as encompassing â€śthe 3 Câ€™s of Character, Conduct, and Competence.â€ť In our experience, it does that and so much more. Highly recommended for a wonderful week of fun and adventure. Thank you, Peter, Marijn, Tom, Rebecca, all the wranglers, cooks, and staff! The Mire Family
Claire B - Washington DC, District of Columbia
We wanted to go out West to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. A friend highly recommended The Hideout in Wyoming and we decided to give it a try. Not at all horse people, we knew we were taking a big leap. What a happy surprise this vacation was in every way! We concur with other reviews here that the lodge and its environs are breathtakingly beautiful. The 100 stellar horses trot past the guests' rooms each morning on their way to the barn. What a way to greet the day! One can be as busy or not as one pleases, but be forewarned that your week will fly by with challenge and excitement. Most of the 25 guests arrive and depart on the same days, which allows for a fine sense of building community. One of the most unique aspects of The Hideout is the way in which the staff learns your name upon your arrival, and is able to quickly understand and anticipate any of your needs. The food is delicious. (No worries if you are vegetarian, you will be presented with an imaginative, healthy and scrumptious meal three times a day.) The wranglers and other activity staff are bright, patient, helpful and well-rounded individuals from all over the country. Shout out to the head wrangler, Tom and his wife, Rebecca who seems to manage everything from reservations to ensuring a full moon at the last night's BBQ dinner. There is a lot of bonding going on here! What is palpable at the Hideout, but difficult to articulate, is the way in which the owners, Peter and Marijin De Cabooter have imagined and created an environment in which each guest can enjoy an individual exploration and open to the sharing of experiences with others. With gratitude, from Charlie and Shelly
Chaz53 - Princeton, New Jersey