My husband and I visited the ranch with our youngest nineteen year old son in Aug/Sept and we will be returning the same time this year with both ours sons, the eldest being twenty four now, to celebrate my husband’s 50th birthday. He doesn’t know it yet as it’s a surprise and he’ll be bowled over as it really was the best holiday of his life. He’s a farmer you see, and thoroughly fell in love with the entire Flitner Ranch experience from the cattle programme to the fantastic job David and Paula Flitner and their family are doing with the Guest Ranch and for the community of Shell, Wyoming as a whole.
We’d never done any significant riding before and I was actually quite frightened of horses as a result of a negative childhood experience but when you’re from a family of men the whole cowboy thing was a real and present danger that was never going away even though we are from a tiny little island in the Channel Isles between England and France.
…….we didn’t choose the Hideout they chose us!
The prospect of choosing a ranch with our level of inexperience was daunting so I went on the Dude Ranch Association website and completed an online questionnaire of the type of ranching experience we were after (as close to Broke Back Mountain I seem to remember thinking at the time) and I was very unprepared for the hundreds of e-mail responses I received. I was so overwhelmed by the prospect of trawling through and googling each and everyone to see which one might be suitable, I almost gave up. A few days later I received a surprise phone call from a lovely man called Peter de Cabooter, the nephew of Paula Flitner from The Hideout in Wyoming, saying their ranch fitted my brief entirely. The rest was history as they say and we’ve now booked our second trip of many more I hope.
I didn’t gain the level of confidence my son and husband did but they weren’t starting from the point. I did however improve on a daily basis thanks to the fantastically patient wranglers and the lovely Peter and Marijn de Caboooter who are all so intuitive to the riding abilities of the guests, I can’t wait to get back in the saddle again. We look at our photos all the time and pinch ourselves we were so lucky the Hideout came calling to us.
Everything else you can glean from the many 5* reviews. The food, hospitality, cleanliness, friendliness and professionalism went far and beyond anything I had anticipated for this type of holiday and you must certainly not be put off by this negative review.
I wish you as good as an experience should you decide to choose The Hideout Guest Ranch for your holiday!
- Also Known As:
- The Hideout Lodge And Guest Ranch
- The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch Hotel Shell
- The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch Shell, Wyoming