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GLOBETROTTING IN SHELL, WYOMING
You’ll gasp when you first lay eyes on this upscale guest ranch that backs onto the Big Horn Mountain Range. From your bespoke, log-cabin accommodation decked out in western paraphernalia, to the gob-smackingly good food, to the herd of 100 nifty, quarter horses and mustangs to choose from, this working ranch is faultless.
What truly makes our heart beat a little faster is the diversity of riding landscape that you’ll be able to cover over the five days of riding. With over 650,000 acres of ranch land, you’re never going to ride the same trail twice. At cocktail hour over a crisp G & T you’ll discuss with your head wrangler where you would like to ride the following day. Then like magic, it’s organised and the following morning decked out in your chinks and cowboy hat, you’re picked up after breakfast and whisked off with your wrangler, fellow riders and trailer of horses to a riding destination that will make you grin from ear-to-ear.
This guest ranch is the perfect option for a family (they take kids from the age of 8) or a couple where one is an experienced rider and the other is new to the saddle. No matter what level of riding you’re at, you’re going to benefit from this horse riding program where every day is customised to your riding desires. You can choose to poke cows, take a riding lesson, summit a mountain and enjoy a saddle-bag packed lunch, or have a half day ride and then trap shoot or fly fish in the afternoon.
Your hosts and the team surrounding them are dedicated to making your riding holiday a lifetime memory and will move mountains, Big Horn mountains, to make you happy! Rest assured, this is NOT a nose to tail, dude ranch, no siree!
time in the saddle: guests choose between 1/2 day rides (2 to 3 hours) or full day rides (5 to 7 hours).
breed of horses: Quarters Horses, paints and Mustangs
pace: varies from a walk, trot and canter.
riding ability: caters for beginners up to experienced, even professional riders.
weight limit: 104 kgs *depending on height, physical condition and riding ability.
accommodation: Western-style log cabins, built in 1992, are decorated with excellent furnishings in warm colours and kept sparkling clean and well-maintained. Emerald green lawns surround the five duplex cabins, which are connected to the main lodge, other cabins and hot-tub by a well-lit pathway. The guest cabins are cleaned daily and sheets are changed mid-week.
seasons: Shell is in a semi-arid climate; temperatures can vary widely in the spring and fall seasons. Temperatures in the summer season will be hot in the Shell Valley and much cooler in the Big Horn Mountains. The ranch is open from mid-March to the early November.
group size: approximately 25 guests per week, this is limited in early spring weeks (March) to approximately 15 guests per week.
duration: five days, 6 nights. All of the six night stays begin on Sunday and end on Saturday; a six night stay has five full days of riding and activity (Monday-Friday). There is a full morning of theoretical and practical orientation on Monday morning.
2017 departure dates (for 6 night stay):
May 28 to June 3, 2017 – SOLD OUT
June 4 to 10, 2017 – TWO SADDLE SEATS LEFT (twin share)
June 18 to 24, 2017 – TWO SADDLE SEATS LEFT (twin share)
June 25 to July 1, 2017 – SOLD OUT
July 2 to 8, 2017 – FOUR saddle seats left (double rooms)
July 23 to 29, 2017 – SOLD OUT
August 13 to 19, 2017 – SIX saddle seats left
October 8 to 14, 2017 – FOUR saddle seats left (double rooms)
October 22 to 28, 2017
October 29 to November 4, 2017
*Four night and thirteen night stays also available. Please contact Globetrotting for availability.
2017 ride prices:
SPRING from March 19 to June 11, 2017
$2502 USD per person for a 4 night stay
$2958 USD per person for a 6 night stay
$6420 USD per person for a 13 night stay
SUMMER from June 18 to October 9, 2017
$2778 USD per person for a 4 night stay
$3594 USD per person for a 6 night stay
$7782 USD per person for a 13 night stay
AUTUMN from September 17 to November 5, 2017
$2732 USD per person for a 4 night stay
$3222 USD per person for a 6 night stay
$6822 USD per person for a 13 night stay
$195 USD for a 4 night stay
$375 USD for a 6 night stay
$875 USD for a 13 night stay
*Ride price includes all horse riding activities from riding orientation, horsemanship lessons, cattle work with guides and wranglers and daily scenic rides across mountains, meadows and through canyons. The above ride price also includes 5% tax and 15% service charge which includes your tips for the entire duration.
*Other activities included in the package price are trap shooting, fly-fishing, 4×4 tours, hot tub, archery, hiking/biking, canoeing/kayaking, dinosaur site excursion. This is dependent on the season you’re booking in.
*Children 11 years and younger is a 15% discount.
*Non activity package take 15% off package price, includes food and lodging only.
*Rates do not include international flights, transfers to and from the ride.
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case USD, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.
Why is the price quoted in US dollars?
With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country which in this case is America. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.
For international guests we recommend you fly into Cody, Wyoming a day or two before the ride begins. Most guests get to Shell, Wyoming by hire car. There is a transfer service available to riding guests to and from Cody, Wyoming. The cost is $225 USD round trip, based on four guests arriving and departing at the same time. The drive from Cody to the ranch is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
FURTHER READING AND VIEWING
You can discover some of the history of this guest ranch, and find out who your welcoming guides will be by clicking here.
To gain a true appreciation of the breathtaking landscape you’ll encounter on this ride, you must watch this video.
Want to find out more about the type of horses you’ll have the pleasure of riding? Meet Blacky, a wonderful ambassador for the mustang breed here.
If you’ve arrived in Cody a day or two early and need some suggestions on what to do and see in this cowboy cool town, you can read our recommendations here.