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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. *If you are a beginner rider, you’re expected to be capable of riding your horse at a walk, posting/rising to the trot and be willing to try cantering.
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: 5 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.
2019 departure dates:
The ranch is open from March 31, 2019 through to November 3, 2019. Guests check in from 2pm on Sundays and check out by 10am on Saturdays for 6-night stays.
*ONE globetrotter is booked on the 6-night stay from April 14 to 20, 2019.
*TWO globetrotters are booked on the 6-night stay from May 12 to 18, 2019.
2019 ride prices:
SPRING from March 31 to May 26, 2019
$2676 USD per person for a 4 night stay (Sun – Thurs)
$3180 USD per person for a 6 night stay (Sun – Sat)
$6840 USD per person for a 13 night stay (Sun – Sat)
SUMMER from June 2 to September 15, 2018
4 night stays are NOT available
$3780 USD per person for a 6 night stay (Sun – Sat)
$8100 USD per person for a 13 night stay (Sun – Sat)
AUTUMN from September 22 to November 3, 2018
$2850 USD per person for a 4 night stay (Sun – Thurs)
$3330 USD per person for a 6 night stay (Sun – Sat)
$7140 USD per person for a 13 night stay (Sun – Sat)
$354 USD for a 4 night stay
$570 USD for a 6 night stay
$1050 USD for a 13 night stay
*All prices listed are per person based on double occupancy.
*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 prices 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 to avoid the stress of flight delays or cancellations affecting your holiday. Most guests get to Shell, Wyoming by hire car. The drive from Cody to the ranch is approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. There is a transfer service available to riding guests to and from Cody, Wyoming. The cost is $150 USD for the first person and $50 USD for each additional guest, round trip. First day pick ups are between 12.30pm and 5.00pm. Drop offs are mid morning on the last day. Mid day or later flights out are best.
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.
Want to hear from another Globetrotter about their experience in Wyoming? Click here to read Anne Cowell’s testimonial.
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.