from 8 y.o
- 650 000 acres of unspoiled wilderness bordering the Big Horn National Forest and Cloud Peak Wilderness Preserve
- An excellent herd of horses, comprising quarter horses, paint horses and mustang.
- A wide range of activities with a flexible programme: learn cattle work, enjoy long trail rides, hiking, archery, fishing, etc.
- Excellent chef-cooked meals using local and organic products.
- The Yellowstone Park is very close by and offers a convenient extension to your stay
Day 1 1 : LONDON - CODYInternational flight to Cody and overnight in town. The flight and hotel is not included in the price of your holiday, although we can book it for you on request. We do recommend you arrive a day early as most flights arrive in the evening, and this allows you to catch a good night's sleep and recover from the jet-lag before starting your riding adventures tomorrow.
As Cody is a lovely town offering a range of activities. Spending a day or two in Cody is the perfect opportunity to get a first glimpse of Wyoming. From June 1st to August 31st, the town comes alive with the traditional rodeo festival that takes place in the evenings.
Day 2 2 : CODY - RANCHThe HideoutA wrangler from the Ranch will pick up you in the beginning of the afternoon (around 1:00 pm), leaving you time to visit Cody or get some rest. The town boasts five museums and a wide range of Western shops.
Transfer is a short (approx. 1h) drive across the wild landscapes of Wyoming, the less populated state in USA with a population of 2 people per square mile (New York City has 27,000 people per square mile!). Transfers are payable locally (see "dates and prices") and are scheduled between 12:30 - 5:30 pm.
Upon arrival, you will be shown to your lodge at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains, where you will have the opportunity to settle in and discover your surroundings. In the evening you will be welcomed with a refreshing cocktail and will get to meet your family for the week - the wranglers, the staff and the others riders. During dinner, you will be introduced to the various ranch activities and the programme for the following day.
Day 3 3 : RANCH - 5-6 hours ridingThe HideoutTHE FOLLOWING PROGRAMME IS NOT COMPREHENSIVE BUT REFLECTS ALL ACTIVITIES WHICH YOU ARE WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN. The ranch offers many activities for both riders (cattle work, trail riding, natural horsemanship clinics…) and non-riders (hiking, mountain biking, clay-pigeon shooting, archery…). Every night, the wranglers will discuss with you the following day’s programme, taking into account your aspirations.
The Hideout is a wonderful ranch where riders can try their hand at working cattle, enjoy long trail rides or put their natural horsemanship to the test. Riders will be matched to a horse based on their riding ability and the flexible programme ensures everyone makes the most of their holiday. Advanced riders will find hundreds of thousands of acres to ride on wonderful horses with experienced and knowledgeable wranglers and guides. Beginner riders will find patient teachers and instructors who enjoy sharing their love and passion for riding. Contrary to popular belief, riders of any level can participate in cattle work, which is mostly done at a walk.
Today is your first morning on the ranch, and you finally get to meet the horses who will be your companions for the week. Every morning, they are brought in from the fields for their own breakfast and a good look-over. Some stay in and will be tacked up for the day, the others are released to enjoy a relaxing day off of their own!
Marijn will look after you this morning, and will give you your first safety briefing. Those who aren’t used to western riding will learn the tricks of the trade, and beginner riders will be given their first lesson on horseback. Those who wish to may learn some new natural horsemanship skills. It’s an exciting time for all, in a very friendly atmosphere.
After a light lunch of salad, wraps/sandwiches and fresh vegetables, everyone is looking forward for their first proper ride out in the wild. There are several different rides on offer depending on what you would like to see and how fast you like to ride.
18.30 is cocktail time at the Ranch. Guests and staff meet and share their feelings about the day. It’s very likely that the wranglers will have taken some pictures during the day, which makes for a good show before dinner. You will decide on tomorrow’s programme around a lovely dinner.
Day 4 4 : RANCH - 5-6 hours ridingThe HideoutToday, after a good night’s sleep, you will join the team and other riders for breakfast. You will be divided in groups of 5 riders max, depending on your riding levels or if you're travelling with friends and family.
If going for a trail ride, your horses will be loaded in the truck to reach the starting point of your ride. After a delightful picnic with stunning views over the surrounding landscape, it’s time to head home. Some of you will already be looking forward to a relaxing dip in the hot tub!
Enjoy a refreshing drink with guests and staff before a hearty dinner.
Day 5 5 : RANCH - 5-6 hours ridingThe HideoutTwice a week, you will be given the opportunity to try your hand at cattle work and assist the wranglers with their normal work. The cattle must be moved from one field to another, and guests are very welcome to help out.
This activity is open to riders of various levels. Novice riders will be at the back of the herd, pushing them from behind, while more experienced riders will look after the occasional fugitive.
Your picnic is carried in your saddlebags, and taken right there at the foot of the mountains. Not a bad spot for lunch… You head back in the late afternoon and settle in the usual routine: hot tub, cocktails, and dinner in good company. Those not ready to go to sleep are welcome to play some table tennis, pool, or just borrow a book or DVD.
Day 6 6 : RANCH - 5-6 hours ridingThe HideoutToday is your chance to discover the sport of team penning – sorting and separating the cattle into different pens for branding, vaccinating, etc. It is a fast-paced, exciting event, with a lot of fun to be had!
Lunch at the ranch.
If you wish, you may spend the afternoon trying some of the non-riding activities. Fly-fishing is excellent around the property and under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor (and with a little luck!), you may just as well catch something! Clay-pigeon shooting and canoeing are also popular activities around the ranch. In the summer, Tom may take you into Cody for a visit of the town and to enjoy the local rodeo (subject to a minimum number of guests and at an extra cost). If you’d rather ride again in this afternoon, this is of course absolutely fine.
Dinner and night at the ranch.
Day 7 7 : RANCH - 5-6 hours ridingThe HideoutAnother exciting day ahead. Depending on what you’re feeling like, you can choose between different activities.
As you will have found out by now, trail riding is excellent around the ranch. You can load the horses into the truck and discover a new area every day if you like, with plenty of space for long canters in search of herds of wild mustangs.
If available, you may also choose to work in the pen, and do some stockmanship work.Stockmanship is the knowledgeable and skilful handling of livestock in a safe, efficient, effective, and low stress manner with the intent of enhancing ranch profitability and improving animal welfare.
Marijn would also be delighted to share her natural horsemanship knowledge with you. She is currently working towards a Parelli Level 4 degree in horsemanship and is a skilled, patient and competent instructor. Marijn can teach you the basics of The Parelli 7 Games and will assist in higher level clinics given by certified trainers at The Hideout during dedicated clinic weeks. Those guests who are interested can spend an afternoon playing & working with her and her horses online and learning the basics of liberty work.
Last cocktail evening and dinner together.
During the week the wranglers have taken some pictures and each rider will receive a copy to remember this wonderful week.
Day 8 8 : CODY - LONDONAfter breakfast, transfer to the airport in Cody (departure from the ranch no earlier than 7:00 am). Flight to London.
Longer stays at the Ranch are available. Some activities will still take place on Saturdays and Sundays, please contact us.
You may also wish to extend your stay with an extension in the Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks.
Day 9 9 : LONDONArrival in London
Dates & prices
SPECIFIC COVID19 INFORMATION
During covid-19 the Ranch will not offer a shuttle service, meaning guests require their own vehicle. We have found that guests are having much better experiences flying into Billings, Montana instead of Cody, Wyoming due to more flight and rental car options. Cody remains a great authentic Wild West town to visit, so we encourage guests to fly into Billings on Saturday early, drive to Cody and spend the night, enjoy what Cody has to offer and drive to The Hideout on Sunday afternoon. Guests need their rental vehicle to not only get to The Hideout but also to get to the trailheads for rides.
- International flights are not included, but can be booked on request.
- The first night stay in the Buffalo Bill Village Inn in Cody is not included. If needed we can book it for you at an extra fee (c. £70 depending on the season). We strongly suggest flying from Europe on Saturday to spend at least one night in Cody. This will help you to overcome any jetlag before you get to work on the ranch, and Cody is a lovely town to explore
- Airport transfers from Cody are not included and are around $500 round trip. These are payable locally.
- Taxes and gratuities are included in the cost of your holiday (15%). You are welcome to tip more if you are happy with your stay.
- If you are travelling alone, there will be a supplementary charge added to your invoice: fees vary depending on your travel dates and the length of your stay (from $475/£350/€390 for a 6 nights stay) Please contact us.
- Prices are calculated on a double room for a 6 nights stay on the ranch. Other possibilities are :
4 nights (only during the low season)
13 nights (Sunday - Saturday)
Please get in touch with us for a quote if you would like to know more
- There is a maximum of 25 riders at the ranch and the riding groups are made up of 2 to 5 riders (max.)
- This trip is open to non-riders and families. There is a discount for children under 11 years old and for any non riders who will not take part in any activities (15%).
- An electronic travel authorisation (ESTA) is required to enter the USA. It is your responsibility to organise this. Please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ and contact us if you need help.
Activities included at the ranch (subject to change depending on the season) :
- Western riding lessons / initiation
- Cattle drives, cattle work
- Horseback trekking
- Cattle work / stockmanship initiation
- Natural horsemanship clinic (high season not included, low season included)
- Natural horsemanship initiation
- Trap shooting
- Fly fishing initiation
- Trekking/ Mountain biking
- Dinosaur track & Site visit
- Cross country skiing / snowshoeing
Extra activities (not included in the price):
- Private guided fly fishing
- Guided visits to Yellowstone Park
- Buffalo Bill Historical center
- Natural horsemanship clinic (HS not available, LS and MS available)
- Cody night rodeo
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.
1 English speaking horse guide
1 English speaking fly fishing guide
1 cook and staff
Wine, beer during the meals and pre-dinner drinks
First aid kit
Free access to the jacuzzi
DVD of pictures taken by the wranglers throughout your trip
All in-season activities offered on the ranch are included in the price, such as fly fishing, archery and trap shooting
Price doesn't include
Meals had in Cody are not included in the price (day 1, 2 and 8)
International flights that we can book for you upon request
Return airport transfers payable locally
Minimum riding ability
Minimum riding ability
Advanced riders will find hundreds of thousands of acres to ride on great horses with experienced and knowledgeable cowboys, wranglers and guides. Beginner riders will find patient teachers and instructors who enjoy sharing their love and passion for riding. Every level of rider can participate in cattle work, contrary to what many people think.
Children aged 8+ yo are welcome but there is no dedicated kids programme and they must ride with their parents (please note there are no ponies).
There is a rider weight limit of 105kg/ 16½ st/ 230 lbs
Tacking ability and participation
Trip conditions and Requested experience
Spurs are not allowed.
You can rent chaps at the Ranch (dependent on availability)
Stetson hats are allowed but must have a stampede cord.
Bumbags not allowed at the Hideout.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.
Evenings are spent at the main lodge where meals are served. The lodge has a large dining room, sitting area with comfortable sofas and chairs set around a large open fireplace. There is a library and a games room with pool table.
A pool and hot tub are available to guests.
WiFi available throughout the ranch.
For all-day rides, hearty sandwiches are freshly prepared in the morning to ensure The Hideout’s standards for quality. If you choose to participate in a half-day activity, a scrumptious lunch is served in the dining room of the Main Lodge.
In the evening, guests can enjoy western-style gourmet food, elegantly presented, with wine, beer or the beverage of your choice.
Once a week (weather permitting) there is an outdoor cook-out where they serve juicy, marbled Certified Angus Beef along with a variety of other tantalizing food. The chef is very creative and does not limit herself to serving meat only and can cater to most diets within reason.
If you have any dietary requirements please inform us in advance.
Wyoming is located deep in the interior of the North American continent, far from any moderating influence of oceans. Wyoming, therefore, has some long winters, but also some pleasant summers. A typical Wyoming summer day will start out bright and sunny. Clouds will appear on the western horizon about noon and thunderheads will develop in mid-afternoon. Scattered, isolated thundershowers will dot the landscape in late afternoon and early evening.
Autumn in Wyoming is a pure delight. Most places will start to see snow in mid-September, but winter weather won’t start to stick until late November. For most of the two months in between, the state enjoys a special season called Indian Summer, with warm days, cool nights and spectacular colors. It’s a delightful change-of-season experience.
Guide and local team
The core group of barn staff and other staff are employed year round here at the ranch, under Marijn's supervision. During the summer season, they are the people who will guide, lead and coach you and other guests.
Off season, they train new horses, and keep riding the rest of the herd to continuously fine tune the horses for the guests when next season starts.
Key to the ranch culture are the 3 C’s of Character, Conduct and Competence and The Code of The West. There is a one to one guest ratio.
-Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
-Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee and it's better to be prepared.
- Casual clothes for the evening. Please no flip flops and shorts at dinner time!
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Casual clothes for the evening. The dress code is relaxed but please remember the Hideout is an upmarket ranch and flip flop/shorts are not suitable at the dining table.
Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend western boots or short boots with half chaps but you may wish to take long chaps to protect against thorns. We don't recommend taking your favourite long leather boots in case they get damaged
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding
- Comfortable evening shoes
Other useful items
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Mosquito repellent
- Insect bite relief cream
In your hold luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag. We recommend biodegradable washing products where possible.
- Swiss army knife (or equivalent)
- Any medication you regularly take
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent, preferably containing deet
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Water purification tablets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel
- Backpacks cannot be worn whilst riding. Bumbags are not allowed at the Hideout but you will be provided with saddlebags.
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals
Visa & Health
You’ll need prior authorisation to enter the United States using a British passport, either through a visa, a Permanent Resident Card, or the Visa Waiver Programme. To enter the United States of America, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by Australian, British, Canadian and other EU nationals.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISA WAIVER PROGRAMME
Most passport holders can get an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) through the Visa Waiver Programme, which allows travel to the US for up to 90 days. Visit the official US website to apply for your ESTA: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/
All travellers entering the USA under the Visa Waiver Program require individual machine-readable passports. Children included on a parent's passport also require their own machine-readable passport. Travellers not in possession of machine-readable passports require a valid USA entry visa.
UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) aren’t valid for entry into the United States or transit through the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme; if you’re planning to enter or transit through the US using an ETD you must apply for a visa from the nearest US embassy or consulate before you travel, or hold a valid lawful permanent resident card (often referred to as a ‘green card’), which you must have with you on arrival; you can leave the US using an ETD that has been issued in the United States
Visitors to the USA travelling under the Visa Waiver Program must obtain authorisation from the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA), a fully automated, electronic system for screening passengers before they begin travel to the USA, if arriving by air or sea. It is recommended that applications are made at least 72 hours prior to travel but you may apply at any time prior to travel. Airlines must now deny check-in to passengers without a valid ESTA. There is a US$14 fee. An ESTA is valid for two years, so if you've applied for one previously, ensure it's still valid.
When applying for ESTA-authorisation and entering the passport number, the number 0 must not be replaced by letter O as this can lead to problems upon entering the USA. The granting of an ESTA does not guarantee entry to the USA. Canadian citizens do not require an ESTA, but permanent residents of Canada who are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program must obtain one.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS - VISAS
If you don’t qualify for entry under the VWP, and don’t have a US Permanent Resident Card, you should apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate before travelling.
Holders of UK passports with the endorsement British Subject, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Protected Person, British Overseas Citizen or British National (Overseas) Citizen do not qualify for the Visa Waiver Program and need to obtain a visa.
Travelers in the following categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP):
- Nationals of VWP countries who have traveled to or been present in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia and Yemen on or after March 1, 2011 (with limited exceptions for travel for diplomatic or military purposes in the service of a VWP country).
- Nationals of VWP countries who are also nationals of Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR TRAVELERS TRANSITING THROUGH CANADA
If you are travelling to the USA visa Canada, please remember you also need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), mandatory for anyone transiting through Canada. Completing ESTA formalities do not replace your eTA.
Addresses of consulates
- Paris | Ambassade des Etats-Unis
2, avenue Gabriel
Tél. : 01.43.12.22.22
- Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis
4101 Reservoir Road, N.W.
20007 Washington D.C.
Tél. : +1 (202) 944 60 00
- US Embassy
24 Grosvenor Square
W1A 2LQ London
Tél. : 020 7499-9000
Travel insurance that provides medical coverage is a requirement for visitors to the US. Only emergency cases are treated without prior payment and treatment may be refused without evidence of insurance or a deposit. All receipts for services rendered must be kept in order to make a claim. Medical care in the United States tends to be quite expensive, especially for emergency treatment provided in hospital settings, paid for out of pocket.
Budget and money
Most major credit cards are accepted throughout the USA, including American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. Visitors are advised to carry at least one major credit card, as it is common to request pre-payment or a credit card imprint for hotel rooms and car hire, even when final payment is not by credit card. Be sure to check with your card issuer for current surcharge rates imposed for use of the card outside your home country. You should also inform your issuer that you are travelling for a specified period so your card is not flagged or temporarily suspended.
Bank-issued debit cards are accepted at many businesses in the US; however, using them to pay for many travel-related expenses, such as car hire and hotel rooms, often incurs a surcharge, deposit, or a hold on your account.
Telephone and jetlag
The country stradles a number of different time zones. Eastern Daylight time (eg. New York) is GMT -4. Mountain Daylight time (eg. Montana) is GMT -6. Pacific Daylight time (eg. California) is GMT -7.
Did you know?
Did you know?
If you ever wonder what a luxurious ranch holiday might look like, the Hide out is the perfect example. The Hide out ranch in Wyoming is an all-inclusive, upscale riding, horsemanship and working cattle guest ranch. It is perfect for families and riders of all levels who are looking for adventure in a backyard of 650,000 acres. The immense diversity of scenery and trail rides will be hardly repeated twice during your stay.
For non-riders other activities like fly-fishing, trapshooting , archery and 4x4 driving tours are offered. A gorgeous lap pool and hot tub are also available for the guests who wish to relax after the day's activities. The staff is committed to provide the highest standards of culinary experience, quality lodging and responsive horses.
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