Wyoming, The Hideout
6 and 13 night ranch stays, Sunday to Saturday or Sunday to Thursday, in northeast Wyoming. Available late March to early November and occasionally January to March by request. Best suited to intermediate riders and above but all levels of rider taken. Children over 8 years only.
Where In Shell, about an hour’s drive from the rodeo town of Cody and two hours east of Yellowstone National Park.
What is it like Privately owned and owner managed, it is a very comfortable guest ranch run to high standards with an excellent riding programme, around 90 horses and access to 650,000 acres of varied landscapes. The ranch area itself is quite small, its not far off a tar road, set in a valley surrounded by pasture used for grazing and landscaped grounds. But the road past the ranch winds up the mountain to a spectacular mix of arizona-like desert, lush flower-filled pastures and craggy rocks and the view to the back, is of dramatic, red hills, 'hole in the wall' country.
Who does is suit With a guest oriented ethos, its a great choice for anyone who wants a comfortable ranch stay with lots of good riding and varied scenery to explore. There are other activities as well - most weeks include optional cattle work, with a short afternoon moving cattle for the novice to a long day-drive, for those who want to get stuck in. There's also fly fishing tuition, afternoons to practice archery or trap-shooting, visits to the rodeo in Cody and a lovely swimming pool when you want to just be. Evenings are relaxed but a chance to 'wash and brush up', enjoy whatever cocktail you wish and a leisurely 3 course dinner, looking at the mountain view, makes you feel a little bit spoilt.
Why we love it Good riding, good horses, enough activity, enough relaxation, good food and a welcoming 'can do' ethos. It feels like a holiday
Riding: 2 - 6 hours a day (flexible)
Horses: Quarter Horse, Paints, Mustangs, mixed cross breds
Pace: varied to suit riders / terrain; there is good going for long relaxed canters
Riding ability: all standards from novice to experienced riders
Weight limit: 104kg (16st 6 lbs)
Accommodation: comfortable cabins and suites
Group size: : the ranch can host up to about 30, but numbers are usually restricted to 15 to 25 guests and riding in small groups according to ability, maximum normally about 6 per group, less if required
Season: April to October
Price: 6 night stays from USD 3321 (approx £2550) per person
Horses: The horses are Quarter Horse, Paints, Mustangs and mixed blood crosses, mostly between 14.2 and 16hh. There are about 90 in all with a good selection for novice to advanced riders. All are of a kind, sensible temperament, forward going and responsive to ride. Western tack is used.
Hours: Hours are flexible with morning, afternoon and all day rides to suit. You can ride for just an hour or so or up to about 6 hours a day.
Pace and experience required: With a good selection of horses and riding tailored to suit, the ranch caters well for different abilities from novice to advanced rider. Accompanied children aged 8yrs and over are welcome.
Accommodation is in comfortable modern, spacious, well equipped and well maintained cabins each with en-suite bathroom (shower and loo), fridge, TV and WiFi. They are arranged as duplex (2 adjoining), set in well maintained, landscaped grounds around the main ranch building, with four 2 bedroom casitas as well. All cabins have wooden decking veranda outside with chairs to relax on. Meals are served in the main lodge dining room, where there is also a comfortable upstair bars, sitting areas and games rooms. There is a swimming pool (open in summer) with lovely mountain views.
Prices are seasonal:
Rates (include 15% compulsory gratuity & 5% Wyoming sales tax which are added to all rates):
Rates include - all riding (no riding on Sundays) and on-ranch activities, guiding and equipment, 6 nights (or 13 as appropriate) twin bedded cabin accommodation, meals, drinks, laundry service, 5% sales tax and mandatory 15% service charge which covers all gratuities;
Rates exclude - flights to the US & taxes, transfers to the ranch, personal medical insurance (compulsory), supplements for single accommodation, off-ranch fly fishing guides, excursions, rodeo entrance, any visa fees.
Supplement for single occupancy - 6 nights USD 690; 13 nights USD 1170 (all include 5% sales tax & 15% gratuity)
Non-activity (board & lodging only) - 15% discount on inclusive rates.
6 or 13 nights starting every Sunday between 26th March to 29th October
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|Itinerary in brief|
|Day 1||Transfer to The Hideout. Settle in before meeting for drinks, dinner and night at the ranch.|
||Five full days to ride and try other activities on offer at the ranch. Daily riding explores the varied country around the ranch, with rides out for up to about 3 hours in the morning and / or 2 or 3 hours in the afternoon. Often horses are trailered a short way to explore varied country far field, you may head off with a saddlebag picnic for a full day ride, try cattle work or an informal riding lesson. Non–riding activities include fly fishing, archery practice and trap shooting. The pool is open in summer and you also have the option to visit the Rodeo in Cody (extra charge) from June to end August. Drinks, dinner and 5 nights comfortable cabin / suite accommodation at the ranch.|
||Breakfast and depart.|
|Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on tel (+44) (0)1837-82544 / 825440 for further information, detailed itineraries, dates and answers to questions.|
The nearest airports to the ranch are Cody (about 75 miles) and Billings (about 150 miles). We can arrange for you to be collected from and returned to Cody for an extra charge ($195 US per car). If you fly to Billings you need to hire your own car. There are several flight options - both United and Delta Airlines fly to Cody via Denver and Chicago. For flights from London budget around £850 to £1100 per person Economy return depending on season and availability.