Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch
Set on a 300,000-acre working cattle ranch, the Hideout offers everything you could want on a ranch vacation, from a horseback ride through alpine canyons to a guided tour of nearby Yellowstone. The 16 cabins and casitas have family-friendly touches, such as kitchens, washers and dryers, and pullout sofas. In summer much of the ranch's work is done by guests but despite the cowboy bent, it doesn't spare creature comforts like top-notch dining and spa services.
Riding: Rides vary in length, traversing anything from quasi-desert to alpine forest and craggy canyons. Those with decent riding skills can choose to do a day (or more) of cattle work, which may include moving cattle into summer pastureland or branding.
Capacity: 25 guests; 80 horses.
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