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Welcome to The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch East of Yellowstone National Park and Cody. The Hideout is an upscale working cattle, riding and adventure ranch headquartered in the tiny hamlet of Shell,Wyoming (population 83) at the foot of the Shell Canyon and Big Horn National National Forest.

We ranch 300,000 acres and we have access to approx. 650,000 acres with elevations ranging from 4200 feet to 13100 feet in a rarely seen diversity of landscape and scenery.

As a guest ranch we aim at limiting the amount of riders to 25 per week to keep it personal, customized and genuine. This is a riding ranch and not a nose to tail ranch. We take great pride in our horses, own most of our horses and welcome all levels of riders of around the world. The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch management, staff and owners are culturally astud and experienced in handling diversity.

Aside riding The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch offers a variety of non-riding activities such as fly-fishing and fly-fishing initiation, trapshooting, 4x4 tours, hiking, biking, canoing, kayaking, photography weeks, ranch tours, Cody Rodeo, visits to the local dinodigsites, etc.

Lodging is upscale, very clean, up to date and well maintained. Our food is all prepared from scratch and diverse.

We have been ranching in this area for over 100 years and multiple generations, which assures tradition. At the same time part of our management and owners family are European and well travelled. This combination assures the right mix of tradition and knowledge of the world our guests are living in and the quality and experience they expect to make sure this is a great ranch experience.

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is a western horseback riding paradise for all levels of riders looking for upscale pampering, great horseback riding, a unique and endless variety of trails and cattle work on 250,000 acre, 100-year old Wyoming cattle ranch.

Much as our riding which offers quality, fun and safe riding for all levels of riders, our cattle works aims at offering the same experience. We have life stock for our guests to practice on in the lower pastures, the arena but at the same time we offer cattle work and drives part of the real ranch work.

We are NOT a nose to tail ranch! You will experience a rarely seen diversity of opportunities for cattle work and riding opportunities at a real working cattle and riding ranch, luxury style.

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

  • Belongs to

    North American Dude Ranch Association, Wyoming Dude Ranch Association
  • Good time to go

    Spring - brandings, cattle drives, scenic rides at 4200 feet; Summer - driving cattle to summer grazing from 5500-11,000 feet and exciting mountainous trail rides, Fall - gather cattle from high mountains, ride thru golden aspen groves


  • Owner(s)

    Paula & David Flitner & Marijn and Peter De Cabooter
  • Manager(s)

    Peter & Marijn De Cabooter
  • Address

    3170 Road 40 ½, Shell, Wyoming, USA, 82441
  • Tel

    307-765-2080; 800-354-8637
  • Capacity

  • Open

    Feb-Nov - view details
  • Nightly rate

    $345-750 - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Working Ranch
  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages

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  • The staff at The Hideout will make your stay memorable; they are detail-oriented, down-to-earth, and service driven
  • 100-year old, 250,000 acre Wyoming Cattle Ranch with a European touch when it comes to food and pampering
  • Authentic working cowboys teach low stress cattle handling and horsemanship
  • A unique combination of upscale, near-customized attention combined with diversified terrain to ride; a rider's and photographer's dream
  • Wide range of high quality, on and off-site activities offer something for everyone from riders to non-riders


  • Although children are welcome, there are no supervised programs as The Hideout encourage families to spend time together

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

  • Nightly rate

    $345-750   view details on lodging rates
  • Preferred arrival day

  • Preferred depart day

  • Booking Policy

  • We require a 30% downpayment to secure your reservation and the remainder 30 days prior to arrival.
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, tax, gratuity, Riding, Trapshooting, hiking, fishing & fly-fishing guided by our staff, 4x4 tours, ranch tours
  • Extras

  • Massage

    We have on-staff certified massage therapist - $ 75
  • Other

    Fly-fishing guided by a professional fly-fisher

Environmental & Social Practices

  • Environment

  • To ensure optimal rangeland health, we practice rotational grazing. In respect of the cattle, we practice low stress stockmanship (Bud Williams Method).


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  • Elevation

    4200-11,000 ft.
  • Remote Location


Nearest Airports

  • Yellowstone Regional Airport, Cody

  • Nearest town / city

  • Distance to ranch

    55 miles
  • Time to ranch

    1 hour
  • Airlines

    Delta, United, Skywest
  • Ranch shuttle


Private Air travel

  • Nearest town / city

  • Travel by

    Helicopter, Airplane
  • Distance to ranch

    25 miles

Nearest Town / City

  • Cody

  • Population

  • Distance

    55 miles
  • Time from ranch

    1 hour
  • Facilities

    grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum
  • Shopping

    small hometown necessity shops, boutique shops, western wear
  • Ranch shuttle

    $195/roundtrip of 4 people

Our riding stands out

  • Our staff are experienced, genuine, friendly and open minded equestrians. We take great care of our horses.
  • This is a riding ranch. Most ranches have horses, not all places have a quality riding program adapted to all riding levels.
  • Endless variety of trails and scenery, different levels of cattle work. You will seldom see the same trail twice.

Our horses

  • guest horses

  • horse types

    Quarterhorse, Appaloosas, Draft Cross, Paints, Other, Geldings, Mares, The Hideout is also a Mustang center and we have a nice string of mustangs gentled using low stress training methods.

Our Riding

  • Scheduled rides

    We try to customize the riding as much as possible to suit the different riders and guests within the limits of what is feasible, fun and safe. In terms of scheduled rides, we usually start the riding at approx. the same times of the day and return around approx. the same time. Especially for the half day rides. For the longer rides, cattle work or special rides we might leave earlier and come back later. As we get more and more experienced riders and people who like to come learn to ride or learn more about horses we do customize each year more and more to make sure all guests are happy with their experience. We are not perfect but strive to come close. Safety is our number one concern. Our staff, management and owners are experienced in matching horses and riders considering the country we ride in. At times they might correct the rider or switch horses based on their experience. We will deal with big ego's if they endanger themselves, their horse and the other riders. We aim at treating everybody the same way. This includes individuals who think they are more special than others. We need to make sure everybody has a great vacation. During the shoulder seasons when we have less guests we can be even more flexible. If your ride with your own group or family we can customize to meet your needs. Always considering safety, fun and a respectful handling of our horses and life stock.
  • Unscheduled rides

    Half day rides are scheduled and we try to leave no later than 8:30 for all day rides. However, there is flexibility as to when you come back and we customize that to each person. Although we have it all well planned, given certain unique opportunities, events that come up or based on suggestions of our guests and wranglers we take on a regular basis unscheduled rides. This could be to go do special cattle work for the ranch, explore new trails that we have never ridden, go see something special... During shoulder seasons we can be even more flexible. If you would like to ride with your family or group of friends we can customize also to you needs within the boundaries of safety, fun and respect for our horses and life stock. The Hideout has a fleet of 8 well maintained heavy duty pick up trucks pulling stock trailers. This offers a rarely seen flexibility to explore new country and travel greater distances for excellent and diverse riding.
  • Guided rides

    All our rides are guided by our wrangler because of the simple fact that this is big and challenging country. However The Hideout offers a seldom seen freedom, once we see that guests can handle their horse and country in a safe way for rider, horse and the rest of the group. Especially during cattle work and advanced riders there is a lot of freedom to ride out and explore country to look for cattle and herd them to the group. We have max. 5 riders per guide / wrangler / cowboy to keep it personable.
  • Riding Freedom

    Listening to our guests who have been to other guest ranches or our wranglers we offer a lot of freedom and riding opportunities. Guests appreciate the diversity of the terrain and the fact that every year they see different rides. This is a riding ranch and that is why most people come to The Hideout.

Good to know

  • Riding considerations

    Up to 225 lbs, no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight
  • Saddles

    Western, English


  • Type of riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Most riders are

  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides tailored to guest requests, Rides dictated by ranch work, Families Ride Together
  • Except for the new guests who participate in the Monday morning orientation there is no fixed riding schedule. Every evening during cocktail hour our guests can choose between 1/2 day, 2/3 day, full day rides, cattle work, lessons, authentic horsemanship initiation and other non riding activities. There are max. 5 riders per wrangler / guide / cowboy. we have beginner rides & horses, intermediate and faster or more challenging rides for advanced riders. This is not a nose and tail riding program but a riding destination.
  • Max riders per ride

  • Wranglers per ride

  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • During our orientation Monday morning, we ask guests who would like to trot or lope. We conduct a loping test in arena. Out on the trail, one wrangler will take the faster group and another wrangler will ride with guests who are comfortable at a walk. Loping takes place in the valley and safe areas in the mountains. We consider our horses as part of our employees and will make sure it is a safe place for rider and horse.

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You'll enjoy

  • hours in the Saddle

    Morning - 2 hours, Afternoon - 3 hours, Evening - 2 hours
  • Riding hours can vary depending upon ride and activity chosen. Half days vary from 2 to 2,5 hours - 2/3 days up to 5 hours and Full Days can last as long as 7 or more hours. Full day cattle drives can last into the evenings until the work is completed. Most of our rides are customized on a daily basis considering the desires and wishes of our guests. This is a riding ranch and that is why most our guests come.
  • Riding

    Openly through property, On specified trails

Riding Lessons

  • Details

    lessons come with package, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons
  • Lessons given by

    wrangler, horse trainer, ranch owner or manager
  • Lessons located

    on the trail, in the arena
  • We offer riding lessons, getting acquainted with your horse lessons, natural horsemanship and ground work for beginning, intermediate and advanced equestrian. During the summer season we give the initiations and during some week we have visiting clinicians. This is part of the package. During the shoulder season we offer specialized clinics during specific weeks. The more experienced horse people will enjoy these as we are very open minded when it comes to clinicians. We welcome clinicians from around the world as long as they are respectful, non-ego and professional. horsemanship. We also invite guests to participate and learn the basics of colt starting when we're starting a colt.

Cattle work - pasture gathers

  • When

    Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
  • Frequency

  • No. of yearlings

  • No. of cow/calf pairs

  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • The cattle reside in the mountains throughout the summer; therefore, we trailer to the cattle. We will take up to seven trucks and trailers to the mountains to trail ride and work the cattle. On cattle drives, we take a maximum 5:1 guest to wrangler ration on cattle drives. Cattle work occurs as needed - 98% of the cattle work that occurs is because it's actual work that needs to be done; we don't make up the work.

Branding work

  • When

    Mar, Apr, May
  • Frequency

    On Request
  • No. Branded

  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • We offer two branding weeks scheduled in april. This is work that has to be done; therefore, it can be difficult to nail down dates too far in advance, so please contact us.

Wildlife Safaris

  • When

    Jul, Aug, Sep
  • Frequency

  • 4x4 trips in the mountains. We pack a very nice picnic with wines, cheeses, etc.

Pack Trips

  • Details

  • Extras

    We have other lodges in the mountains at remote locations which are pretty comfortable. Weather permitting and given enough interested guests we organise overnigh stays in these mountain lodges.

Arena Work

  • Type

    indoor arena, outdoor arena, professional rodeo arena
  • Activities

    penning, sorting, roping from the ground, gymkhana, cutting
  • We have a big, competitive arena and 90x90 feet inside arena. We use the arena for Monday morning orientation, riding lessons, team penning and sorting, games, stockmanship, cattle work orientation, authentic horsesmanship, etc. We also have round pens outside for training horses. The arena is groomed weekly and if too dusty we have a sprinkler system. We do more training in the arena working on movement of the horses. We will also teach stockmanship on foot as well as from the back of the horse so guests know how to do it when we work cattle in the natural environment.

Horsemanship Clinic

  • Clinician

    Owns staff and specialised clinicians of a diversity of backgrounds and levels
  • Details

    Clinics occur yearly, Included in package, Clinics occur in the arena, Clinics occur on the trail
  • Cost

    $Included in the package
  • Focuses on

    Our clinics take place during the shoulder seasons and focus on either general or specific points. We work with clinicians for around the world with the requirements they are 1) Respectful, low stress and open minded 2) Low Ego and not about themselves but about the horse and the participants 3) Professional and experienced 4) Friendly, safe, patient and respectful towards our horses, guests and staff. The clinic starts Sunday evening with a presentation on natural horsemanship and the history of horses with open questions and conversation. Our morning focus takes place in the arena and afternoon we apply the principles on the trail. During arena time, the trainers give a demo with horses and then go into break-out sessions with each wrangler taking 3-4 people aside and working independently with them. The clinic covers trail riding, cattle work, team penning, sorting, how to correctly bridle a horse (to be consistent so horses are comfortable), correctly saddling, and approaching and touch a horse. train horse in a quality way from ground up developing trust in the horse. The trainers will zoom in and customize as needed. In the evenings, guest speakers/demonstrators come such as a saddle maker, veterinarian, and anyone related to horses.

Sample Riding Itinerary

  • Every evening during cocktail hour our head wrangler or one of the owners visits with you and presents the possibilities of activities for the next day and see what you would like to do the following day and what is available. We try to make things as customized as possible with various riding opportunities from traill riding riding lessons, horsemanship initiation, arena work to the different levels of cattle work we offer. We work to accommodate each guest's needs from the length of ride they'd like to experience to the type of ride they're interested in. This includes the non-riding activities.

    Full Day Cattle Work Schedule

    7.30am - Breakfast and all need to be ready by 8.15am.

    If you participate in a full day cattle work / drive it mirrors what cowboys do on these big vast ranches. They each have a truck and trailer and load up their horses in the morning to drive where the cattle work needs to be done and where one can only go on horseback. You will have the possibility to experience the same concept.
    By 8.15 AM all horses are loaded up in the trailers and the Wrangler picks up the guests in front of the lodge. This is a real working cattle ranch so we go where the livestock is on this 250,000 acre spread. The drive to and from where we park the truck & trailer to unload is always scenic and often challenging. Every truck takes max. 5 guests per truck and 6 to7 horses per trailer.

    We unload the horses, bridle, check cinches and ride out to where we need to start the cattle work, rounding up, drive cattle, sort cattle, etc.

    During cattle work our guests can stay with the wrangler or follow directions on where to go look for cattle, calves or yearlings. Confident adventurous riders will split off and start working immediately. Others will stay more close to the wrangler and follow his instructions, riding with him/her. The wrangler keeps an eye on the entire party to make sure they are safe and that all work is being done properly.

    Beginners can stay on the trail or with the larger group of cattle/livestock and push them in the direction we are headed, while the other riders search the country and bring smaller groups to the herd.

    As we work the herd grows and soon we will need all hands to keep moving forward.

    We always ride through scenic and very diverse country, making cattle work and drives at The Hideout always breathtaking scenic rides at the same time.

    We take a break for lunch at a nice picnic spot around noon.

    Once we have dropped off the cattle or done our work, we usually take a different trail to the trailers. If we are with 2 wranglers and 2 groups we usually split up the groups in a fast one and a slower one. The wrangler with the faster group(trot/lope) will take a longer trail to head back to the trailer.

    Arriving at the trailer we dismount, unbridle and load up the horses. Driving down to the valley there is usually some good fun in the truck. We arrive at the barn between 4.30 PM and 6 PM.

    By 6.30pm we all meet for Cocktail hour looking at the pictures of the day which are loaded up the computer in the mean time.

    7pm - Dinner We all dine together and there's always some members of the family or staff dining with the guests. After dinner there are games, music, campfire, hot tub, horseshoeing, etc. However most of the guests are usually off-to-bed because they are exhausted.

    Sometimes we will take a group on "extreme cattle work” which is usually for the better riders and can be as long as 9 to 10 hours depending upon the work that needs to be done. This group does not return unless the job is done and does not really consider being back by cocktail hour or dinner. It is just a day like the hands of the ranch. It's finished when the job is finished. So it can be earlier done than anticipated.

    Trail Rides

    There are ½ day trail rides, 2/3 of a day trail rides or full day trail rides and there are trail rides for beginners, intermediate and advanced. For the ½ day rides we always return to The Hideout and most of these rides are in the valley. We are back for lunch and we leave again at 1.30 PM from the barn.

    Half day rides leave at 8.30 AM and are back between 11 and 12 AM. They are back at the barn around 4 to 4.30 PM. Guests can opt for a morning ride, an afternoon ride or a morning and afternoon ride. The 2/3 of a day trail rides are usually back at the barn around 2 to 3 PM. We take lunch in the mountains on the trail.

    We ride private property, BLM, National Forest and Wilderness Trails. Diversity of scenery throughout the week ranges from riding in the half desert with sage, riding in red rock and red canyons, riding green canyons with creeks, riding alpine forests, alpine meadows, aspen coves.

    Arena & Lower Pastures Cattle Work & Stockmanship

    For this we meet at 8.30 at the barn and arena where these activities start, much as the half day rides. For the afternoon activities we meet at 1.30 PM.

    Riding Lessons & Authentic Horsemanship Initiation

    We also meet at 8.30 AM at the barn and arena (inside or outside) for these activities.

    Non-Riding Activities

    For the non-riding activities we usually meet around 8.30 AM and 1.30 PM at The Main Lodge.

    4x4 tours & Ranch Tours

    Usually Peter, one of the owners will pick you up either at The Main Lodge or at a place of your convenience.

    Specialized Photo Clinics & Tours

    These schedules are set by the organizing groups and companies.

    Cooking Lessons

    If you are interested let us or our chef know and we will customize to your needs.


  • Private Land - 20,000-40,000 (acres)

  • Our colors and landscape are very diverse with different micro-climates and elevations. For this reason we attract a lot of photographers. Our landscape consists of rolling hills, creeks, red rock that makes you feel like you're in Arizona, deep canyons, green and dry portions, alpine forests, meadows, sagebrush, and lake country. Our wilderness reaches to 13,000 feet. This is a real trail riders paradise and home of The Big Horn 100 Mile Endurance Race.
  • Public Land - more than 50k (acres)

  • BLM, National Forest & Wilderness Area. We have have grazing leases as well as recreational leases and have access to over 650,000 acres of riding.

Our chef joins us for the fourth year. She is from Wyoming but has travelled and worked in many places in and outside the US. The Hideout follows and embraces the new trend in the US of healthier food and a greater variety of ingredients. We serve meats, fish, chicken, vegetables, pastas, etc. and grow many of our vegetables on The Trapper Ranch. During the week-end our chef visits and sources the remainder of her fresh vegetables from local organic farms. Our owners and managers are partly European from countries with a great tradition in healthy and good food and this background with the influence of the chef at The Hideout is very present. Our chef will try new things as she continues to school herself during the off season. On occasions you will also find her mom, a very experienced cook helping out in the kitchen. Food at The Hideout is about more than "Huge Portions to stuff yourself with whatever is on your plate as long as it is meat and potatoes". On the contrary! We welcome a growing number of French, Belgian and Italian guests...these cultures do not come back if the food is not good.

We serve hearty breakfast cooked to your liking, or browse the homemade breakfast selection at the buffet. If you’re out on an all-day ride, you’ll enjoy hearty sandwiches freshly prepared each morning; otherwise, head to the dining room for a truly scrumptious lunch.

In the evening during cocktail hour we serve freshly made appetizers. Wine is included with dinner and all alcohol during the daily cocktail hour. Weather permitting there is a BBQ on Friday.

We cater to most diets and if you do not like something or have a specific preference please let us know as you book and our chef and her team will be happy to accomodate your request within the limits of offering quality and healthy food.


Personalized services

Guests can request favorite wine on-hand, request specific soda/non-alcoholic drinks

Good to know


wine provided with dinner, available for purchase


Stocked refrigerator, BYO snack


  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Ranch-style, Health oriented, Certified Angus steaks, fish, lobster, pastas, vegetarian, chicken, pork, Mexican style, Italian & French inspired Western Kitchen.
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, meals roll with days activities, everyone eats together, scheduled meals
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire), lounge, private dinners
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch-raised pork, ranch-raised chicken, farm fresh eggs, ranch garden, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts, We serve only Certified Black Angus (prime of choice) and all meals are made from scratch - no pre-prepared food here. Most vegetables come from our own garden or are being sourced from local organic farms. Often hand picked by our chef and her mom.
  • Dietary restrictions catered for include

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, other

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Guest Favorites

  • Seared Bison strip loin with chokeberry chipotle sauce made from local handpicked chokeberries, mashed sweet potatoes
  • Fresh medley of vegetables from the garden in the summer - Homemade salted caramel icecream
  • Homemade pizzas - fresh mozzarella, garden grown basil and garden grown rich tomatoes

Wine List Sample

  • Our house wine is Woodbridge which we serve generously.
  • We carrry a selection of good wines and a full liquor license. Guests can order other wines as they please ahead of time.
  • As we have a Belgium background we are big in micro brews and always have a nice selection available.

Your Chef

  • Your dedicated chef is Sheean Ernst and Mom

  • Our chef Sheena joins us for the fourth year and is both a delight in the kitchen as well as a person. She does not come with a big attitude and it is all about the guests. She and her staff will great you with a discrete warm and personable smile.

    We hire Sheena several years ago as we were looking for a chef who embraces the trend in North America to eat more healthy and diverse. Sheena is very creative and in her fourth year she still researches daily what to cook, how to be more creative and offer healthier and more taste food.

    She is a Wyoming native but has worked and travelled a lot inside and outside the US. Amongst others she studied at the Tante Marie cooking school in London and worked in London and other countries. During the off season she schools herself and takes on additional training. All our bread for example is made in The Hideout kitchen. Sheena is outdoors and if not cooking you will see her and her mom hiking, fishing or doing another outdoors activity.

Sample Menu

    Appetizers during cocktail hour. Freshly made on a daily basis.

    Grilled Celery Salad with Parmesan and Tarragon

    Balsamic glazed tenderloin, smashed garlic red potatoes, haricot vert with garlic and bacon.

    Angel Flake Biscuits and Oatmeal Molasses Wheat Bread

    Vanilla Ice Cream, lemoncello and almond biscotti

    We always have a jar of freshly made cookies in the lodge and make our bread daily.

Ranch Recipe

    Our chef posts new recipies in our blog.

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 7 and over

The Hideout offers no special kids programs. Instead, we encourage time together during your family getaway. It's very rare to experience the quality time together that you have opportunity for here.

We enjoy children 7 years of age and older given they are athletic, can ride, and can ride with their parents. Parents enjoy time with their kids and we accommodate the families who like to ride and enjoy this experience together. Kids will learn a lot about horses, cattle, ranching, nature, etc. At The Hideout we treat kids like young adults.

Most families with kids come during summer time as off the second half of June through mid August. We also see families with kids during school break or the European school vacations. Outside of these times, The Hideout is mostly adult oriented. Most families come with kids as of the age of 7 with a growing number of teenagers and young adults during the summer months.

Detailed Activities

  • Activities

    River Floating, canoeing, kayaking, horse play, arena games, mountain tours and the most popular one is probably visit the local dinosaur dig sites and dig for a half day or full day.....
  • Games

    board games, horseshoes, soccer, volleyball, badminton, ping pong, pool table, fuss ball and a variety of family outdoor games with the wranglers
  • Riding based activities

    arena riding, trail riding, gymkhana,Kids ride with their parents and enjoy it a lot.

The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch, the way it is operated today, began in 1992 by Paula and David Flitner. Their aim was to offer an upscale working cattle ranch experience on a 100-year old, 4th generation cattle ranch in Wyoming founded in 1906.

Today The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch is managed by European family member Peter De Cabooter and his wife Marijn, while Greg Flitner manages the ranch & farming side of the business. The Hideout crew, together with the guests, takes care of most of the cattle work from April through October. Our goal from the start was to offer great riding, exceptional cattle working opportunities guided by outstanding, authentic and professional staff for guests interested in such and experience. You could call The Hideout a boutique hotel on a working cattle ranch.


  • Ranch established

  • Guest ranch since

  • Ranchers for

    4 generations

Our Staff

  • Authentic with an honest “can do and make it happen’ attitude
  • Character, Conduct and Competence
  • The need to see Diversity as an Asset
  • We have 6-7 wranglers on our staff, aged 19 to 45

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Marijn DeCabooter
Marijn and son Edward
Peter DeCabooter

Owner Info

  • Owner - Paula & David Flitner & Marijn and Peter De Cabooter

  • Languages spoken

    english, spanish, french, german


Our Managers

  • Manager - Peter & Marijn De Cabooter

  • Hometown

  • With ranch since

  • Languages spoken

    english, french, german
  • Peter De Cabooter is the nephew of Paula Flitner-De Cabooter who started The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch together with David Flitner, 4th generation rancher in this valley. Peter has been coming to The Hideout on vacations and corporate retreats since The Hideout was established in 1992.

    He is a Belgian born in Africa and has worked most of his career for global US companies travelling in the US and many other countries. Peter, his wife Marijn and their 2 teenage boys moved over 5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium and live permantently on the ranch.

    Much like Paula & David they offer a nice blend of Western culture and international, well traveled experience with managerial skills to make sure The Hideout does not cut corners on the hospitality side of the business.

    The speak English, French, Dutch, German and some Italian.

Our Wranglers

  • Wrangler - Ramon Castro

  • Age

  • Hometown

  • Languages spoken

    english, spanish
  • On the contrary to most guest ranches and because we are a real working cattle ranch, we try to keep our key staff year around. Ramon Castro our head wrangler has worked for 14 years at the ranch side as the right-hand cowboy for Greg managing the farm, the ranching operation and starting the colts for the Flitner Ranch Quarter Horse breeding program. Ramon has started over 1500 young colts, is a great horseman and of course one of the best Cowboys in the area. Last year he joined The Hideout as head wrangler during our summer season and then training horses for the ranch during the off season for both ourselves and 3th party owners. Shawn Kelly has been 5 years with us.
  • Wrangler - Shawn Kelly

  • Age

  • Hometown

  • Languages spoken

  • Shawn Kelly has the most beautiful and disarming smile in this country and loads of patience to teach beginners confidence in riding. Last year he also graduated a Massage Therapist and this year he got his Equine Massage Certification, so you'll sometimes find him working as your massage therapist. Ben Longwell, a must-mention, joined us last season. He is from Colorado and is a great rider and horseman. His wife Natalie works in the office and is a Kiwi!

Rooms & Rates

  • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

  • Cabin | The Hideout Log Cabins $435-$540$345-$0

    • Description

      5 Log Cabins each with 2 Separate Large Rooms and Loft. Each cabin comes with the warmth of Pendleton blankets, wireless internet, shampoos and soaps. Each cabin share a porch with rocking chairs. Some of our cabins have a King bed and some of the cabins have a Queen and Doubles. The Doubles can be made in King beds. All cabins have well functioning air conditioning and heat, wireless internet, refrigerator, flat screen tv, granite vanity top, etc.
    • Rooms

    • Max occupancy

    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      5 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      safe, mini-bar, fridge, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning
    • Entertainment

      tv, cable / satellite tv
  • Lodge | Casitas - 4 rooms / appartments$345-$540n/a

    • Description

      The Casitas have been renovated in 2013 and 2014 and offer exceptional vistas. These are 4 rooms with bedroom in a two story log building. The lower Casitas have a King bed in the living / seating room and a Queen bed in the bedroom. They come with private bathroom, washer / dryer, wireless internet, phone, flat screen TV, etc. The upper Casitas come with living room and open kitchenette and a separate sleeping room. All our rooms come with shampoo, soap, wireless internet and welcome basket. The beds are made daily; on Wednesday all rooms are
    • Rooms

    • Max occupancy

    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      3 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      safe, mini-bar, fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, washer / dryer
    • Entertainment

      tv, cable / satellite tv
  • House | Luxury Hideout Home$750n/a

    • Description

      3 Bedroom Home, 2200 square feet with 2 master bedrooms, huge walk-in shower, bath, walk in closets, Italian tile, flat screen tv. Each master bedroom has its private deck and there are no communicating walls. There is a guest room which has its own walk-in shower with Italian tile, flat screen TV. The kitchen is high-end: marble tops, hickory floors, open fireplace. This home also includes a two-car garage, mudroom, and wireless internet. Located 10 minutes walk from The Hideout and can be included in The Guest Ranch Package.
    • Rooms

    • Max occupancy

    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      3 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, wood fireplace, washer / dryer
    • Entertainment

      tv, dvd, vhs, cable / satellite tv
  • House | The Guest House at Trapper Creek Ranch$435-$540$345-$0

    • Description

      Additional accommodations are available: Luxurious Guest House at Trapper Creek Ranch ( with 3 bedrooms(beds: 1 bedroom with 1 kings, 1 with 2 singles, 2 with a queen), 2 bathrooms, loft, kitchen and living room, deck with BBQ, wireless inernet, soaps and shampoos. If you'd like to book this accommodation, it can be included in the Guest Ranch package at no additional cost or you may rent this out separately. Located within a 2 mile drive from The Hideout main lodge on The Trapper Creek Ranch.
    • Rooms

    • Max occupancy

    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      3 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom, Shared bathroom
    • Amenities

      mini-bar, fridge, microwave, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, air conditioning, washer / dryer
    • Entertainment

      dvd, cable / satellite tv



  • wireless internet
  • telephone
  • free long distance
  • Business Services

    • Executive business center
    • computer and fax hookups
    • printers
    • common computer
    • Cell Networks

      • verizon

Additional Services

  • Spa

    relaxation massage, deep tissue massage, couples massage.
  • Corporate Retreats

    For groups of 30-40. We leverage cattle work and horsemanship for teambuilding as well as offering trapshooting, hiking, fishing and fly-fishing, snowmobiling. We will work with you to customize according to your needs.
  • Weddings

    We can cater for groups of 75-100. We offer both The Hideout and The Trapper Creek Lodge for Weddings up to 150 people visit


Outdoor Activities

  • mountain biking
  • sporting clays
  • wagon rides
  • bird watching
  • Water based Activities

    • hot tub
    • river floating
    • Winter Activities  

      • cross-country skiing
      • snowmobiling
      • snowshoeing
      • Additional Activities

        • sight-seeing tours on-ranch and in town, 4x4 mountain scenic tours with cheese and wine picnic. Non-Riding Activities - guests participating in non-riding activities leave each day around 8.30am for half or full day activities.

Good to know

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Types of fishing

    spin, fly, river, stocked pond, lake, stream, equipment available, guided inclusive, guided non-inclusive, unguided, instruction available

  • Wildlife and birding

  • mule deer, whitetails, mountain lions, black bear, the occasional wolves, coyotes, golden eagle, bold eagle, rattle snakes, fox, beaver, skunk. Late summer, autumn and winter we enjoy one of the largest elk herds in this region on our private property

Offsite Activities

  • We offer a shuttle servive from and to the ranch from the airport. If you stay on the ranch and participate in the activities you do not need a car. If you would like to explore a vehicle is needed.

Local Attractions

  • We've only highlighted attractions that may add to your stay!
  • Cody

  • Cody is a great little western town founded by Buffalo Bill Cody and is located at the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Don’t miss the Cody Nite Rodeo, the wonderful Buffalo Bill Museum, art galleries, Western Antique shops, Saddle and Tack shops and The Chamberlain Inn boutique hotel.
  • Distance

    55 miles
  • Time from ranch

    1 hour
  • Ranch shuttle

    $175/roundtrip for 4 people
  • Yellowstone National Park

  • Add some days visiting Yellowstone National Park before or after your ranch vacation. Grubsteak Tours out of Cody offers tours that start at $200/day/person (private guide, private vehicle, lunch included min. 3 people bookings per tour).
  • Distance

    100 miles
  • Time from ranch

    2 hours
  • Rental car

  • Custer Battle Field

  • Historic Battle Field where General Custer was killed by the indians
  • Distance

    150 miles
  • Time from ranch

    3 hours
  • Rental car

  • Yellowtail Dam - Big Horn Canyon

  • A small copy of the Grand Canyon on the indian reservation including a 72 miles dam that stretches in to Montana
  • Distance

    75 miles
  • Time from ranch

    2 hours
  • Rental car


Tel 307-765-2080; 800-354-8637

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