Bighorn Hideout

Wyoming USA: (GRWY01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/wyoming_bighorn_mountains_hideout_ranch_vacation.aspx

Introduction
Wyoming USA
Hidden Trails is proud to offer this wonderful authentic 100-year old working cattle and horse ranch with generations of ranching experience just an hour from the city of Cody. On the way in you will drive through true wild horse country to reach the ranch. You will appreciate the vastness of the ranch's landscape, which spreads across approximately 300,000 acres of private, Big Horn National Forest and BLM land.

Guests here enjoy high-end pampering by the professional staff with excellent daily menus created by Le Cordon Bleu Culinary schooled chefs. A great glass of wine after a long days ride at 8200 feet altitude is something that makes for great relaxation and memories, before turning in for the night and a good night sleep in a most comfortable bed.  They aim to offer our guests a great combination of traditional ranching culture with high quality hospitality every time they visit. By limiting the number of guests to 25  maximum, they can ensure an authentic ranch boutique experience with well maintained accommodations, highly professional staff, excellent horses and trails while also keeping it personal and intimate. If horseback riding, herding cattle and enjoying the great outdoors in Wyoming is your idea of a perfect vacation, then you’ll be pleased with many top quality horses and wranglers available for your riding pleasure. These horses will be some of the best you have ever ridden on a guest ranch. All the cattle work offered is real - not made up for "dudes" - and there is plenty of it. It certainly is not a “Nose to Trail” dude ranch, they boast their own Quarter Horse breeding program and the carefully and personally train each of there horse with Natural Horsemanship. The cowboys are all highly skilled and have a great diversity of insight about horses to share. Some have attended Pat Parelli schools and we continue to invest in their skills for you to enjoy during your stay. Many riders and photographers come here because of the diversity of scenery in a relatively small (by Wyoming standards) area. A big draw are the remote Big Horn Mountains, out of the way of mainstream tourists, with its formations and many prehistoric sites, which are popular with paleontologists. During your stay you can ride through semi desert, rocky and green canyons, alpine forest, mountain pastures and lake country - at elevations that range from 4,200 feet to 13,100 feet in Cloud Peak Wilderness. You may ride with your own close friends, foreign travelers from around the world, and their well known repeat guests who keep returning for more, always in a culture of friendship, warmth, genuineness, in a personal, yet professional environment. You will have the opportunity to be a cowboy and you will ride and work aside authentic ones. They are eager to share and explain what they know keeping it light, having fun and being able to be very personable.

Here they offer the unique experience of living the lifestyle of the remote outdoors and yet being pampered, but doing it in a much more personal way than a typical resort with the same high standards as they have the passion to excel. This ranch comes with a “western ranching” flare, a special mix of 100 year-old Wyoming ranch culture with the hospitality of European flare. This makes it a spiritual experience and no visit is the same as the last one... You will feel you are part of the place and that feeling will stay with you long after you leave!

For non riders, this area allows for a variety of outdoor activities like fly-fishing, trapshooting, hiking, biking, canoeing, dinosaur site visits, and overnight high mountain stays - in the winter snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The ranch is within comfortable driving distance of the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Tetons.

Accomodation


Accommodations
On this stationary ride, all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
At the ranch, you are treated like a guest of the family and not just a client or a customer. Each year, guests from around the world return to partake of our authentic Western experience and warm Wyoming hospitality. They recreate, rejuvenate and renew friendships at their home away from home.



The Lodge
The Main Lodge building is a large, Western-style log structure built in 1992. This building contains the Gift Shop, the office, a spacious dining room with nearby pantry and kitchen, and loft bar. The Main Lodge has large windows and porches overlooking lush green lawns and ponds and offer ever-changing vistas. The view from the dining room of Shell Canyon and the Big Horn Mountains is simply spectacular, sure to enhance your dining experience.
The lodge is surrounded by well-groomed lawns, shade trees, and refreshing ponds. Paved walkways that are lit after dark, lead you to the casitas, cabins and other amenities such as the outdoor hot tub and shower facilities. Shell Creek winds through the property, which along with the fishing ponds, provide catch-and-release fishing right on the grounds.

Guest Cabins
Western-style log cabins, built in 1992, are decorated with excellent furnishings in warm colors that are kept sparkling and well maintained. All cabins feature a private bathroom with shower, king-size bed or two double beds, air conditioning/heater, wireless internet, cable TV, and phone. There is also a mini-fridge filled with complimentary soft drinks re-stocked every day.



Guest Casitas
The Casitas are one and two bed-bedroom cabins. They are located in a two-story, four-unit log building with back porches overlooking the orchard and Shell Creek. They have all been recently renovated.
The Casitas are complete with private bathroom with shower, a king-size bed and sofa, air conditioning/heater, wireless internet, cable TV, phone, washer and dryer. There is also a mini-fridge filled with complimentary soft drinks re-stocked every day.
Two of the Casitas have one bedroom, a living room with sofa and kitchen.
Two other of the Casitas have no kitchen, but instead one main room with a king bed and sitting area and a second separate bedroom with a queen size bed.



The Bar
Guests typically gather every evening for cocktail hour in the loft bar. Complimentary appetizers are served while enjoying your beverage of choice and reviewing the photos of the day shown on a large screen. Guests are then served a gourmet dinner in the dining room, at large tables so you can mingle with fellow guests. One evening a week, there is after-dinner entertainment with cowboy singers. Entertainment area
On the lower level of the Main Lodge are additional guest facilities including comfy armchairs, books, table for games, pool table, foosball table and ping pong table. There is a big-screen TV and a guest computer with high-speed internet access. There are also laundry facilities for the convenience of the guests.

Room Occupancy
The single supplement fee is mandatory for solo travelers.



Meals
Our hearty Western fare and gourmet dinners are one of the reasons our guests return every year. We can assure you that excellent dining is taken seriously. Each item is prepared with only the best and freshest ingredients.
Our breakfasts are hearty to assure you make it through an active day or riding activities. Each morning our chef creates a homemade made to order breakfast, which is complimented by a selection on the breakfast buffet.
For all-day rides, hearty sandwiches are freshly prepared in the morning. Otherwise, a scrumptious hot lunch is served in the dining room of the Main Lodge.
In the evening, we serve our guests western-style gourmet food, elegantly presented, with either wine or beverage of your choice. Once a week (weather permitting) there is an outdoor cook-out where we serve juicy, marbled Certified Angus Beef amongst other tantalizing food. Wine, beer and mixed drinks are included at cocktail hour. Wine is served with dinner. Outside of cocktail hour and dinner there is an honor bar. Guests are also welcome to bring their own beverages.

Dietary Restrictions
If you have special dietary requests, please let us know in advance, and we will make every effort to accommodate you.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding



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!

Horse culture
What do we mean by "horse culture?" It's the way we select and train that special animal you'll ride here. It's also about our trusted wranglers, the people we have carefully chosen to take good care of you while you're horseback on the trail or in the arena.
And that job starts before you ever get in the saddle. We're proud of every single horse we have in our string. But not every horse is a good fit for every rider. That depends on a number of things, like your riding experience, your size and other factors. Our wranglers are experts at matching you with the right animal to ensure your safety, build your confidence, and make sure you have a great time every time you head out on one of our scenic Wyoming trails.
That process actually begins long before you get to the Ranch. Horses, like deer, are known as "prey animals." Their instinct when they sense danger is to run first, and ask questions later. A large part of training a horse is training that fear out of them. The horse needs to learn we won't hurt them, the saddle won't hurt them, and a plastic bag blowing on the ground won't hurt them. It's called desensitizing the animal. A good example are police horses in a big city. Those horses have learned not to fear crowds, noise, and even gunshots. And the animals can stand like a statue in the middle of all that other urban stuff that was once so scary to them.
The ranch horses get a similar education. They don't graduate to our guest string until we're confident they'll be unfazed by whatever they might run into. And of course these equines must also have the athletic ability required to work cattle and handle the challenging terrain we ride on.

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.

Itinerary


This is is not a 'nose to tail' riding experience, but safety is their number one concern. They take pride in matching the right horse with the right rider according to riding experience and ability. No ride is the same. Due to the vastness of terrain, there are always new things to discover. On your vacation, rides are diverse and customized according to riding skills and riding activity of the group. Experience and skill are important when choosing a rewarding ride for our guests. Rides are subject to change depending on weather, location and difficulty of terrain. For riders looking for an exciting and challenging trail riding program we offer our Lodge to Lodge Trail Riding Package.
During the cattle drives you ride through diverse scenery. This makes a lovely ride that combines gorgeous views with real ranch work. They have approximately 80 horses usually during our busy season we have 25 guests per week so our horses have plenty of time to rest and are rotated on a constant basis.

Type of Terrain:
High desert and canyons with altitude of the rides ranging from 4,200 to 5,400 feet. Mountain pastures, high alpine meadows and extreme upper country. At 9,200 feet you will feel on top of the world! Green pastures of sage, lakes, streams and alpine forests. You will not believe this all exists so close to one another.



Cattle Drives and Round Ups  (Feb - October)
Although this region offers an unseen variety of scenery to please all levels of trail riding, cattle work is our signature activity. The ranch legitimately boasts more genuine and necessary cattle work than any other guest ranch available. There is no "make-believe" on our ranch - we offer real cattle work, branding and cattle drives. We house a couple thousand cows, their calves, and yearlings, which are spread over more than a quarter million acres. There is always some “cowboying” to do. The hands are not your typical dude ranch wranglers. They are personable and attentive with guests and they shoulder much of the responsibility with the care of the cattle. This means you ride with real cowboys and cowgirls and participate in day-to-day ranch activities. The horses you ride are the horses we ride. We take great care in matching horse and rider to assure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Historically, a cattle drive meant trailing cattle a great distance, say from Texas to Wyoming. Today cattle are still trailed from place to place in the American West, but no longer on quite so vast a scale. Cattle work hinges on range conditions and weather, and sometimes even government regulations. When a guest ranch is able to designate a date for a cattle drive far in advance, it may be made up or pretend for entertainment and/or guest participation. We are seldom able to say in advance exactly when we'll do a long distance drive.
On a ranch as large as this one, we move, doctor, or sort cattle almost on a daily basis. This is why we can tell you that you'll have to opportunity to do more real cattle work at the Hideout than you will on any other guest ranch. Cattle work is the most defining of all of the activities offered at the ranch. You may have heard that "cowboys are a dying breed." Not so here. Cowboys here are alive and as real as 100 years ago. If you sign up for cattle work, expect to step back in time and come away with a better understanding of what it means to be a cowboy. See below for more information on cattle work throughout the seasons.



Other Popular Trail Rides
High Desert and Canyons: Ranging in elevation from 4,200 – 5,400 feet. These rides are mostly in the valley riding through the wide open prairies, juniper trees, rocky canyons as well as hidden canyons through which refreshing creeks flow with century old cottonwood trees offering you and your horse some well-deserved shade. Mountain Pastures, High Alpine Meadows: : You will see it all from above 7,500 feet riding through sage brush and high grasses imagining you are one of the cowboys in the movie Open Range or Lonesome Dove. High Mountain Alpine Country & Upper Country: Typically elevations in these areas range from 8,500 to 13,200 feet. The High country offers alpine forests, mountain lakes, streams and granite rock formations. Area’s above 10,000 are usually snow covered from the end of September to mid-June depending on weather conditions. Devil’s Leap: Undulating red clay hills capped by wild grasses, sage and cactus. This intermediate ride culminates in a breathtaking vista from atop the famed Devil’s leap dropping 800 feet beneath you. Take a look over the edge… Mollycropsy: This mesmerizing canyon hides abundant wildlife and offers a very challenging ride to those seeking high adventure. Sharp turns, steep inclines and daring drops challenge even the most advanced rider. Black Mountain: A breathtaking scenic route leads the rider through a wide variety of terrain starting at the high desert flats of Mollycropsy Trapper Creek winding through fields of salt sage and ending with a dramatic view over the entire Bighorn Basin and even into parts of Yellowstone Park. White Creek & Trapper Creek Canyon: Step back in time 100 years. Your ride winds you through down a picturesque tree canopied path, past old timber corrals, over a wooden bridge and opens into a wide open lane perfect for an easy lope. The trail during this half-day ride snakes through the canyon with several crossings of Trapper Creek. Willet Lake: A breathtaking all day ride in The Big Horn National Forest which takes you through open alpine meadows and pine forests to a clear blue lake surrounded by a gorgeous alpine meadow. This is a ride you will not want to miss. The Mail Trail or Bench Trail: Saddle up for a full day ride over a century old mail trail leaving at 7600 feet through alpine forests and juniper trees with beautiful vistas in The Shell Canyon. The Mail Trail is part of a century old trail used to carry the mail on horseback and mules from Sheridan to Cody. Copman’s Tomb: This spectacular rock which you can see every day from the lodge is one of the most popular rides for its million-dollar view and scenic picnic. Looking up from the valley you would never think you could make it there on horseback. On a clear day you can look from the top of Copman’s Tomb all the way to the Copman's Tomb Rockies and Yellowstone National Park. The Painted Hills: This half-day ride takes you to what the Indians called The Painted Hills which are hills with beautiful colors due to the minerals mixed with bentonite. We reach these hills riding through the sage brush and grass prairies in the valley. Photographers LOVE this area. The Sedona Ride: This area near Trapper offers rides which make you think you are in Arizona due to the exposed Chugwater formations and half desert prairies. Cactus, coyotes and rattle snakes included. The Five Fingers Ride: This popular valley ride takes you through rocky canyons with juniper trees and high desert while travelling along the slopes Big Horn Mountains which rise 2,000 feet along your trail as a huge granite wall. Some of the exposed Precambrian rock is over a billion years old. McCullough Peak Mustang Country: During winter and spring some of our cattle graze in a 100,000 acre pasture which is a high desert area shared with the McCullough Peak Mustangs. Riding this country you will probably be able to see wild horses alongside grazing antelopes.

Wild Horse rides

We share some of our grazing with the wild horses. During cattle work, you will frequently have the chance to see and enjoy wild horses. Your rides will be anywhere from 2 to 6 hours long and can be lengthened or decreased depending on your choosing. Your wrangler will be more than happy to accommodate your request.



Ranch work varies with the season. Our cattle work schedule is as follows:

Branding (April - May)
Ah, spring time in the mountains. The smell of sweet sage, snow capped mountains sparkling bright white against azure skies and baby calves romping through lush green pastures. It’s a cowboy’s favorite time of year and one we’re proud to invite our guests to share with us! Cattle, cowboys, horses, and branding have been the foundations of ranching since the frontier days of long ago. A rancher's brand is his mark and his identity. Branding is not only a Western tradition, but an indelible and legal form of identification, necessary to prevent livestock rustling in such big country.

Branding Time!

Imagine… a sea of cows, dust covered cowboys discernible only by their colorful neck silks blowing in the breeze, a well muscled horse wheeling and spinning helps his rider throw the perfect loop, thin veils of dust that seem to come alive beneath the hooves of bawling cows and calves. The smells of sweat and sage and the magical sounds of branding that make one proud to live a life on the range. If you long for a traditional, hands-on cowboy branding experience, then late April and early May is your season.

Cattle Drives into the Mountains  (late May - June)
Late May and June (after the snow has melted), we herd yearlings and younger cows up into the mountains, so if you like cattle drives this is a good time for you to come to The Hideout. The mountains are covered with beautiful colors of spring flowers.

Gathering and Sorting Cattle   (July)
Early July is the time of year we move our older cows and their calves from the high desert in the basin to our high mountain pastures.
Keep in mind that our cows share over 100,000 acres with wild horses. We gather and sort cow/calf pairs by the truckload. Sorting cattle on open range is an art form. Then the cattle make the 40-mile trip up the mountain via Flitner Ranch semi-trucks. Upon arrival, the cows and calves need to be paired back up and herded in bunches by horseback to various alpine meadows. There are plenty of these cattle drives to do for our guests.

High Mountain and National Forest Cattle Work (July– mid September)
During the summer there’s always cattle work to be done. Early July is the time of year when we move cows and calves from the basin to our high mountain pastures. Our Angus herd shares over 100,000 acres with wild horses and free-range livestock. You’ll help us as we gather and sort cow/calf pairs at the stockyards and prepare them to make the 40-mile trip up the mountain via Flitner Ranch semi-trucks. Upon arrival, the cows and calves need to be paired back up and herded from horseback to their summer grazing meadows. This is one of the prettiest times to visit. Your travels will take you from high desert prairies surrounded by the beauty of the painted hills, up jagged trails cached between pinon pine and shale slides, through wide open mountain meadows and nestle you amid bowers of high pine forests. It’s quite common to view an amazing variety of wildlife including elk, deer and moose. Spontaneous fishing breaks have been known to occur on the mountain.

Autumn Roundup & Indian Summer  (mid September - October)
Mid September through October is round-up time in the high country. You’ll awake to the smell of bacon and fresh coffee, enjoy the crisp fall mornings, marvel at the brilliant rainbow of colors as the aspen trees change from green to gold and of course prepare to bring cattle down the mountain. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to capture your nearest neighbors, the elk and wildlife on film as they come down from the high country. It’s a brilliant and unforgettable day.

Winter Season  (November to March)
We don’t usually get much snow in the high desert of Shell Valley, Wyoming, but there’s still plenty of cattle work to be done. Wintertime finds our cowboys hard at work as they tend the herd, check and mend fences and prepare for the next season. When the sun comes out, tending to the cows can be pleasant work on horseback. If the weather is inclement, you’ll still find plenty to do either at the Hideout barn working with young colts or by exploring some of our winter activities at the Snowshoe Lodge. Snowshoe Lodge is located near snowshoe pass and boasts over 400 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, but it’s the miles of fresh powder and un-groomed trails that really thrill the snowmobile enthusiasts.

Other Activities:
- Fly Fishing  (April - October)
The area offers some of the best trout fly fishing in Wyoming. You can cast for native cutthroat, rainbow, brook, and brown trout. When it comes to fly-fishing and fishing opportunities, the diversity of experiences in this area matches the diversity of the scenery.
- Archery
- 4X4 Tours
- Hiking/ biking
- Trap Shooting
- Hot tub/ pool
- Cody Nite Rodeo

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Rates and Dates for Bighorn Hideout

Rates include:

6 nights accommodations, all meals with wine included, cocktail hour, daily guided horseback riding, cattle work activities, trap shooting, off-season horsemanship clinics, some general fishing

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20197 day Ranch, AP (Summer)$3150
    • Single supplement$475
  • B
    20197 day Ranch, AP (Fall)$2770
    • Single supplement$475
  • C
    20197 day Ranch, AP (Spring)$2650
    • Single supplement$475
  • D
    20195 day Ranch, AP (Summer) -- not available$0
  • E
    20195 day Ranch, AP (Fall)$2370
    • Single supplement$295
  • F
    20195 day Ranch, AP (Spring)$2230
    • Single supplement$295
  • G
    201914 day Ranch, AP (Summer)$6750
    • Single supplement$875
  • H
    201914 day Ranch, AP (Fall)$5950
    • Single supplement$875
  • I
    201914 day Ranch, AP (Spring)$5700
    • Single supplement$875
Gratuity:
A 15% gratuity has been added to your bill - please pay them direct at the ranch for this.
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Tax 1: 5 % Tax 2: 0.75 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Gratuity: 15 %
Tax: 5 %   additional Tax: 0.75 %

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Transfer from Cody, round trip, for one person (pick up between 12:30pm - 5pm)
- to be paid locally
$150
2019 Children 8- 11 yrs. - 15% discount (no activities, food and lodging only) $0
2019 Non-activity Package - Food & Lodging Only = 15% OFF $0
2019 Transfer from Cody, round trip, for each additional person
- to be paid locally
$50

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
C 2019 03/31 - 05/26 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch, AP (Spring) 4 /8 Reserve
F 2019 03/31 - 05/26 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch, AP (Spring) 4 /8 Reserve
I 2019 03/31 - 05/26 14d / 13n 14 day Ranch, AP (Spring) 4 /8 Reserve
A 2019 06/02 - 09/15 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch, AP (Summer) 4 /8 Reserve
D 2019 06/02 - 09/15 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch, AP (Summer) -- ... 4 /8 Reserve
G 2019 06/02 - 09/15 14d / 13n 14 day Ranch, AP (Summer) 4 /8 Reserve
E 2019 09/22 - 11/03 5d / 4n 5 day Ranch, AP (Fall) 4 /8 Reserve
H 2019 09/22 - 11/03 14d / 13n 14 day Ranch, AP (Fall) 4 /8 Reserve
B 2019 09/22 - 11/03 7d / 6n 7 day Ranch, AP (Fall) 4 /8 Reserve

Dates Note: Weekly from Sunday to Saturday for 6 nights. Longer or shorter stay is possible from Sundays
Sold Out Dates: June 30 to July 27, Aug 4-10, Sept 1-7, Sept 15-28, Oct 6-12

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic drinks from the bar, 15% gratuities, guided fly-fishing, sightseeing options.

Other Info
Meeting: Ranch near Shell
Airport: Cody - Yellowstone Regional Airport
Transfer: Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody

Climate:


Shell area

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Seasons
Wyoming has a dry, continental climate, with cold winters and warm summers. Warm Chinook winds from the Rockies modify some of the winter weather of the eastern plains. Wide temperature ranges exist in the state because of differences in elevation.

Average annual precipitation (rain and melted snow) is about 6 inches (15 centimeters) in the Bighorn Basin.

What To Bring:
With your comfort, safety, and enjoyment during your Western adventure in mind

Just three simple rules related to apparel when horseback riding:

* No sneakers
* No spurs
* Stampede string or chin strap for wide-brimmed hats.

We rent chaps and chinks and they are available for sale here as well.

The ranch is a year-round operation. Seasonal weather in Wyoming can be unpredictable. Best to be prepared. As they say, better to bring it along and not need it, than need it and not have it. Items flagged with an asterisk (*) indicates more information noted below.

It can get quite hot during the summer in Wyoming. And spring and fall temperatures can get rather cool, sometimes even cold. Winter? Cold and snowy, but that's snowmobilers' paradise up here. In general, bring clothing that can be layered. Suggested To Bring lists for horseback-riding season or snowmobiling season appear below.

To Bring  (Year-Round):
Camera (extra film if 35mm, or extra memory card if digital)
Long distance calling card to use with landline phones (cell phones don't work so well up here in back country)
Bathing suit
Lip balm and sunscreen
Sunglasses

Spring, Summer, Fall (horseback-riding seasons):
Headgear
Wide-brimmed Hat (stampede string or chin strap mandatory) and/or Riding Helmet
Riding boots Comfortable jeans -- we recommend Wranglers due to less bulky inseam on legs
Chaps
Hosiery to prevent chafing wouldn't hurt (for both women & men)
Windbreaker or rain slicker
Leather gloves (more than one pair)
Long-sleeved shirts for protection against high-altitude sun
Lip balm and sunscreen
Sunglasses
Warm sweater or jacket
Long underwear or tights for warmth on cool days
Bathing suit (for hot tub and/or landscaped swimming pond)

For your convenience, we supply:
Hair dryers, bathrobes, and complimentary toiletry items in guest rooms at The Hideout
Small saddle bag that goes over the saddle horn for your use (to carry water bottle, camera etc.),
Complimentary water bottle
We have laundry facilities for the exclusive use of our guests
An iron and an ironing board are also available in each guest room

For your convenience, we have available for purchase:

We sell long distance calling cards you can use with landline phones in your cabin. Except for jeans, The Store & Gift Shop stocks many necessary items of Western wear. There are other local Western stores with reasonable prices where it is possible to buy jeans.

Helmets and/or hats … Due to the inherent risks of riding horses, we recommend that our guests wear a riding helmet. However, riding helmets need to be professionally fitted; therefore, the ranch cannot provide them. Guests who choose to wear a riding helmet must bring their own. Wide-brimmed hats need to have a stampede string or chin strap so you don't have to dismount to retrieve your hat several times a day.

Proper riding footwear … For your safety, we cannot allow guests to ride in sneakers or otherwise unsuitable footwear. To minimize the risk of having one of your feet caught in a stirrup, we recommend that you ride in cowboy or riding boots. Leather boots with a shaft also provide more protection and comfort from the hard stirrup against your ankles.
If you do not have cowboy boots, your boots should pull off easily (therefore, lace-up boots are NOT recommended).
Footwear for riding should at least have: Smooth leather soles, Heels
Leave the spurs at home. Our horses are well trained and willing, so you don't need spurs. Guests will not be allowed to wear spurs when riding.

Winter season:
Thermal socks
Cowboy boots – thermal cowboy boots would be preferable.
Winter boots
Thermal jeans
Clothing that can be layered
Warm sweaters (fleece or wool).
Winter jacket
Snow pants
Thermal gloves
Hat
Scarf
Snowmobiling attire – for your convenience you may rent snowmobiling attire for an additional charge