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Bighorn Mountain Ranch Hideout

Bighorn Mountain Ranch Hideout

Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter Horses and cross, Mustangs, Arab Cross, Paints
Pace: All paces - from easy to very challenging - according to riding level. 2.5 to 8+ hours in the saddle
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (1 to 4 out of 5)    All riding levels
Age: Min 8
Weight: Max 230 lbs
Riders: Min 4 riders Max 8 riders
(per riding group)
Max Capacity 25

Riding Requirement
Riders need to be in good physical shape relative to their age. The riders also need to realize that some rides may be too challenging and trust our professionalism and experience to make that decision. Older riders will need to consider that although they were great riders or equestrians at young age, age takes its toll and they need to manage their expectations and limitations.
We have a firm limit of 230 pounds for all riders. Please consider your BMI and Weight / Height Index. This might impact the kind of rides you can participate in.
Our safety program requires all children 14 years of age and under to wear riding helmets without exception. Helmets are also encouraged for our adult riders, but not required.

We ride on approximately 650,000 acres in elevations ranging from 4,200 feet in the Shell Valley to approximately 11,000 feet in the Cloud Peak Wilderness where the highest peak is 13,000 feet. There is a rarely seen diversity of scenery and terrain to ride and explore. Wide open prairie vistas, rugged foothills, canyons, high desert sage covered hills, creek bottoms and forests will greet you in the valley. The local red Chugwater formations look like the scenery in Sedona, Arizona. Up in the Big Horn Mountains you will ride through pine forests, creeks, alpine meadows and nearby lakes and reservoirs. The Shell Valley and Big Horns host one of the most challenging 100 Mile Endurance races on horseback. We ride in much of that same country. To explore this vast and exciting area, we use seven heavy duty diesel trucks and stock trailers to take out guests and horses.

If you want to come to the ranch to ride a couple hours at breakneck speed and only want to go fast, you are coming to the wrong place. We adapt the pace of rides to the terrain and out of respect to our horses and all riders. Weather will also dictate how fast we ride and where we ride. We will split up riders based on riding experience and ability to control their horse in all paces. If guests of different levels want to ride together, we will adapt the pace to the lowest riding level. Experienced guests will ride a higher level of horse than the beginners.

We have a variety of horses that are well taken care of and can be matched to any riding-level. Each rider will be matched to a horse based on their riding ability and will experience the vacation they are looking for.
Our horse program is managed by AH Horsemanship & Training and every year clinicians visit the ranch for training, clinics and to ride with our staff and guests. The key to Authentic Horsemanship is having an open mind towards horsemanship, riding and horses and the desire to continue learning where we can.
Our string of horses consists of excellent Quarter Horses of fine bloodlines, well-bred Paint Horses, cow and trail horses, and over the last few years we have been adding more and more well-trained Mustangs to our herd.

Low Stress Stockmanship and Natural Horsemanship
Our key staff is trained in the Bud Williams Low Stress Stockmanship concept of handling livestock. During your orientation on Monday morning you will learn the basic concepts. We can also organize a 1 day session during your stay given there are enough participants.
During the off-season we organize 3 day clinics as part of your stay  for those who are interested to learn more about this technique. Stockmanship teaches you to “read” the animal so that you can change your position and have the animal want to go where you want it to go. It is aimed at using the energy of the animal in a low stress manner to handle the animals in a more efficient manner.
One of the reasons why our pricing is somewhat higher than other guest ranches is because we are a real working cattle ranch, which involves a certain degree of logistics – all that are necessary to offer an authentic taste of the West to our guests.
Many of our wranglers are year round employees because it takes several years to learn the terrain and the skills to wrangle both guests and cattle and make it a worthwhile, safe and exciting experience. The ranch takes pride in the high number of repeat guests for whom part of the experience is to see familiar faces they trust year after year.

All the tack is of very good quality, well maintained, and there is plenty of it. Our tack room is very clean and organized. Unlike barns where outsiders are not allowed in the tack room, we welcome guests and showcase what we do and how it looks.

Riding Guides
The wranglers know the terrain well and offer a unique perspective about the trails and the landscape that you ride on. To make the most of your experience, we rotate wranglers to enhance your time spent in the saddle. Our year-round staff are cowboys with emotional intelligence who are eager to help you understand what we do, teach you and to make sure you are safe. We have riding staff from different walks of life to assure that all of our guests have a great time!
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Bighorn Mountain Ranch Hideout
Tour Code: GRWY01
7 days / 6 nights ~$3,350.00
Dates : March to October

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
C 2021 03/28 - 05/31 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch, AP (Spring) 4 /8 Reserve
G 2021 03/28 - 05/31 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch, AP (Spring) 4 /8 Reserve
J 2021 03/28 - 05/31 14d / 13n 14 day Ranch, AP (Spring) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2021 06/06 - 09/12 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch, AP (Summer) 4 /8 Sold Out
H 2021 06/06 - 09/12 14d / 13n 14 day Ranch, AP (Summer) 4 /8 Sold Out
B 2021 09/19 - 10/30 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch, AP (Fall) 4 /8 Sold Out
F 2021 09/19 - 10/30 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch, AP (Fall) 4 /8 Sold Out
I 2021 09/19 - 10/30 14d / 13n 14 day Ranch, AP (Fall) 4 /8 Sold Out
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Tack: Western
Horses: Quarter Horses and cross, Mustangs, Ar...
Pace: All paces - from easy to very challeng...

Airport: Cody
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