A ranch makes the most of the range
Where to go: Shell Valley, Wyoming
What to know: Ranches typically ramp up their work in spring. Baby calves are born, cows are moved out onto the range, and branding season begins. You can experience that and more at the Hideout Lodge and Guest Ranch, which is part luxury retreat, part working ranch, all situated on 650,000 stunning acres in Wyoming. Here guests can ride horses; learn how to handle livestock; participate in moving the 1,000 head of cattle; go fly fishing; and experience trap shooting, archery, and hiking adventures.
Highlights: Elevation ranging from 4,200 to 13,200 feet means you’ll catch sweeping vistas while you’re heading to the Shell Valley looking for stray livestock. Early spring is the least crowded time to visit, although guest occupancy is limited to around 25 per week at all times.
Learn more: The Hideout