We just spent 4 days at the Hideout in August, late 30's couple (serious, high end frequent travelers) with my mother in law. The atmosphere, environment, horsemanship, food, staff/managers/owners are all fantastic.
The ranch is about horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, and other activities this beautiful Wyoming region has to offer. The small capacity (+/- 25 guests) makes for an informal and eclectic gathering at the Bar in the evening and at the communal tables for dinner. The food was a very good surprise with a tasteful modern family style cuisine. The rooms are casual western style, very clean and with plenty of amenities (blow dryer, iron/board, coffee machine, wifi, water bottles). We stayed in a cabin which had a bit of a charming motel look with a living room, bedroom, laundry area and kitchen with everything (supplies and equipment) and a outdoor space with incredible views.
The horsemanship is serious, reassuring and accomplished. The riding team seemingly creates small groups of 5 to 8 riders according to the activity you wish to practice and your level. They adapt very well to all riders and handle scenic, relaxed and secure rides on well taken care of horses. If you are a beginner, it is a great place to learn about horses and good basics of western riding with pleasant professionals in a beautiful environment. If you are an advanced rider, you may feel a little "babysitted" on some basic horse handling duties (totally understandable in regards to the security of all the riders) but will also have plenty of time to trot and lope with a solid independent horse. The settings are breathtaking.
In short, they do a really good job on all levels, hard working independent hoteliers with thoughtful attention to details and a wonderful, family style lodge. A trip back to camp, but an adult version of the camp, just as you'd like it now. The Hideout at Flitner Ranch is definitely one of these magic places you wish to find more often.
- Also Known As:
- The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch Hotel Shell
- The Hideout Lodge And Guest Ranch
- The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch Shell, Wyoming