There are hundreds of great activities, adventures and authentic Western towns to explore within 100 miles of the mountain trails.
Check out the little town of Shell, Wyoming, population 83 and home to The Hideout Lodge & Guest Ranch www.thehideout.com. The favorite local watering hole is the quaint country store and café called “Dirty Annie’s”, on Hwy 14 East heading toward Shell Canyon. Dirty Annie’s offers fishing licenses, Wyoming souvenirs, fast café style food and a small convenience store.
If you are looking for antiques, go visit The Treasure House owned by Ed Smith located next to Dirty Annie’s.
Also located in Shell is the historic Old Shell Lodge also called The Shell Store. The lodge dates back to 1892 and is made entirely of native River Rock. The owners are finalizing a 6-year ground-up restoration project which includes the restoration of the little log cabin and the two acre property in the center of Shell across from the Shell Community Hall and Fire Department.
Across from the Post Office and next to The Shell Store or Old Shell Lodge is The Antler Inn, a great little café & bar that offers hamburgers, cold beer, mixed drinks and whole lot of hunting pictures, antlers and local characters. The owner of the bar, Al Martin, is a vivid outdoorsman, rifle and bow hunter. The Antler Inn offers a unique and colorful Wyoming experience.
Shell is also home to Ann Hanson, one of the better known Western Painters. Her studio is located across from The Hideout entrance. For more information on Ann’s work, please visit
Also located in the Bighorn Basin are some of the largest and most important dinosaur track sites in North America. Two particularly active sites in Shell Valley are Red Gulch Dinosaur Track site and Gypsum Springs Dinosaur Track site. Both are full day adventures and local guides even offer the chance to dig for your very own dinosaur bones.
Some of the best fishing in the west can be enjoyed in this area at the many lakes, streams, and creeks. Animal lovers in your group will enjoy the abundant and diverse wildlife. Check out a complete list of wildlife on the State of Wyoming’s Game and Fish webpage: http://gf.state.wy.us/wildlife/index.asp
Other Wyoming towns to check out include Sheridan Wyoming, Cowboy Capital of the World, just 80 miles east along highway 14, or the charming Cody, WY (Rodeo Capital of the World), 70 miles west along highway 14. Cody is home to the Cody Nite Rodeo which is every night from June 1 to August 31 and features several great restaurants, antique stores and art galleries as well as the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The Buffalo Bill Center is actually five museums in one and boasts one of the most important collections of Western Art and artifacts and Native American artifacts in the nation and is affiliated with the Smithsonian Institute.
For more information please visit www.thehideout.com