Wyoming High Country Guest Ranch
Big Horn National Forest, Wyoming
As your eyes roam from the inky black mane of your buckskin mount to the surrounding emerald forests, jagged mountain peaks and wildflower meadows alive with color, the sight is nearly enough to steal your breath. It’s tempting to get sidetracked, but you’d best maintain your cool if you plan to take aim at that trophy elk just beyond the bend!
The scenery is spectacular to be sure, but it’s the guided fly fishing and hunting trips that truly set Wyoming High Country Guest Ranch apart from its dude ranch counterparts. September brings the elk herd back to the ranch lands – just in time for bow hunting season! You’ll find a fair measure of antlered cousins, including moose and deer, mixed in with the lodge’s Boone and Crockett-worthy bulls. And when the snow starts to melt and the ground begins to thaw, Wyoming’s colorful cinnamon bear are a sight to behold – and even more thrilling to take aim at! Every Wyoming High Country Guest Ranch stay includes plenty of choices – after all, if variety isn’t the spice of life we don’t know what is! So saddle up your painted horse and set off to your choice of the equally stunning Bucking Mule Falls, Medicine Wheel or Devil’s Canyon on a full day’s ride. Come nightfall, return to a cozy room in the brand-new lodge or to the more authentic accommodation offered by the ranch’s rustic cabins.
For those interested in riding something other than a horse, mountain bike and ATV trails lead from the lodge into Wyoming's high country.
Horseback riding, ATV tours, wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, cattle drives and float trips.
Prefer to bring your own trail ride mount? Wyoming High Country Guest Ranch has plenty of room for humans and their equine companions.
Trail Shop Restaurant and Inn
Wapiti, Northwest Wyoming
At the Trail Shop Restaurant an Inn, you'll experience a tremendous outdoor getaway in the heart of scenic Wapiti Valley. Your ideal location between Cody and Yellowstone National Park puts you on the front door of some the finest hunting experiences in all of Wyoming.
In addition to the proximity to Yellowstone National Park, guests at Trail Shop are also located on the edge of Shoshone National Forest, giving easy access to world class elk and mule deer hunting. Make sure to have your licenses and permits in place so that you can bring your trophy home with you! If hunting isn't exactly what you're looking for during your next Wyoming vacation, there are plenty of other outdoor activities to keep you busy during the day. During the summer months, you'll find some outstanding trout fishing options in the local rivers and streams. Winter brings plenty of powder, making this a dream destination for skiers and snowmobile enthusiasts of all skill levels. Accommodations at Trail Shop Restaurant and Inn include cabins featuring several configurations to fit your group's size. These units feature a small refrigerator, coffee maker, flat screen television, and a continental breakfast to start your day. After a fun day of outdoor exploration, or tracking your next trophy mule deer, head to the dining room, where you'll find everything from local favorites to contemporary classics. Don't wait any longer to plan your next Wyoming hunting trip!
7 County Road 6BU Wapiti, WY 82414
The dining room and lodge at Trail Shop Restaurant and Inn features beautiful views of Jim Mountain, the North Fork of the Shoshone River, and Ptarmigan Mountain while you dine.
Established in 1922 as a mid-way stop between Cody and Yellowstone, Trail Shop offered travelers a place to fill their cars and a warm place to rest and dine.
The Hideout Resort & Lodge
A stampede of cattle thunders past and as you emerge from the cloud of dust they left behind, perched high in the saddle and twirling lasso in hand, you realize that you’ve finally found the Wild West adventure of your childhood fantasies – and you didn’t even need a time machine to do it!
At the Hideout Resort and Lodge, the Big Horn Mountains serve as the backdrop to every Western adventure. You’ll find plenty to gaze in awe at as you traipse across nearly 300,000 acres of Big Horn National Forest land. With Powderhorn Outfitters as your skilled guide, chances are you’ll find plenty to take aim at, too! Bagging that trophy elk or deer is practically a piece of cake, while trap shooting caters to those who prefer to take aim at clay rather than living, breathing prey. And when snow blankets the Wyoming landscape, mountain lion season is in full swing! Not everyone wants to rough it, and even those who do wouldn’t mind a little luxury now and then. Here at the Hideout, even the most authentic of Western adventures is tempered with a generous dose of modern comforts. No offense to cowpokes, but the Le Cordon Bleu-inspired cuisine served at this Wyoming resort is truly beyond what even the most successful campfire cook could ever hope to achieve. Authentic log abodes from Shell Valley Homes round out your rough and tumble ranch vacation with a decidedly refined flair!
Related Onsite Offerings
The lodge building is home to the Hideout Resort dining area, a loft bar with daily cocktail hour, a recreation room and an area for live entertainment.
Fly fishing, canoeing, hiking, biking and trap shooting.
Most Hideout Resort packages include unlimited horseback riding, accommodations, fine dining, a daily pre-dinner cocktail hour and all onsite activities and amenities.
Shoshone Lodge & Guest Ranch
Sure, there’s hunting here – this is a Top 10 Wyoming Hunting Lodge list, after all. While the hunting is spectacular on its own, Shoshone Lodge adds in plenty of fishing, horseback riding and inspired scenery for a combined experience that’s sure to have you coming back for more!
The Shoshone Lodge not only boasts excellent hunting; it also serves as your gateway to Yellowstone National Park. The neighboring acreage is best known for its world-class bull elk, but wilderness hunts for big horn sheep, mule deer and even bear can all be enjoyed at this Wyoming lodge. Those forgoing a comfortable cabin in favor of roughing it in a high mountain camp will find trout fishing on the Shoshone River to be nothing short of spectacular! Finally, a Wyoming hunting lodge that’s as friendly to those traveling with kids in tow as it is to the rifle-toting set. Kids will find plenty to love about Shoshone Lodge, including nature-based activities like trail rides and trout fishing. And parents will appreciate having everyone gathered in one place – most often around the crackling flames of a campfire, devouring sticky-sweet s’mores under a star-studded Wyoming sky.
394 Yellowstone Hwy., Cody, WY 82414
Shoshone Lodge specializes in home-style meals, from homemade buttermilk pancakes at breakfast to a dessert course featuring freshly baked pies.
Related Onsite Offerings
Shoshone Lodge’s one- to three-bedroom cabins are tucked into the East Yellowstone wilderness for added privacy and seclusion.
The Trapper Creek Lodge
Our next Top 10 Wyoming Hunting Lodges selection caters to those for whom roughing it translates to traveling sans luxury car. You’ll find plenty of modern comforts at our No. 5 pick, but for all its indulgent luxury Trapper Creek Lodge is surprisingly at home in the Wyoming wilderness.
The tiny town of Shell, with only a humble 50 residents to its name, generously shares its small town charms with our No. 5 spot. While the original building is long gone, Trapper Creek Lodge blends its historic roots – it once welcomed luminaries like Ernest Hemingway and Teddy Roosevelt – with fully-renovated luxury lodging worthy of modern times. And like its sister property, the Hideout, this Wyoming lodge partners with Powderhorn Outfitters to offer a hunting experience unlike any you’ve experienced, with trophy elk and whitetail deer as the game of choice! The restaurant at Trapper Creek Lodge is one of the finest supper clubs in town. Despite Shell’s small town status, you won’t find any charred hamburgers or equally bland dining here. Chances are you’ll be pleasantly surprised by more than a few of the dishes on the menu, including gourmet fare like prime rib au jus, roasted garlic pork and Alaskan halibut!
3710 Rd. 40 ½, Shell, WY 82441
Big Horn Basin, located nearby, offers fantastic fishing and even a dinosaur fossil or two.
Related Onsite Offerings
Available year round, the Trapper Guest House is a three-bedroom, two-bath log cottage with a full kitchen and a sleeping loft that’s perfect for kids!
Rockin' 7 Ranch
When we say that our No. 6 pick offers a shot at the widest range of game on our list, we mean it – this Wyoming guest ranch-turned-hunting lodge lets you take aim at game both big and small, from hulking mule deer to the quick-moving prairie dog!
The still Wyoming morning is suddenly broken by the haunting call of a coyote. As this silvery-backed creature tops the horizon and circles in, you locate it in your sights and take your shot. Another successful hunt has been completed and the time has come to pack your bags – or has it? You see, at Rockin’ 7 Ranch, your vacation doesn’t have to end just because you bagged your game in good time. Pheasant hunts are an add-on option to every hunt, so even if you take down that wall-worthy mount sooner than you thought, you’ll still find plenty to stalk and shoot at this Wyoming ranch. It all sounds a bit too good to be true, so we understand your skepticism when we say there’s even more to Rockin’ 7 Ranch, including guided buffalo hunts. You may prefer to hunt solo but trust us, you’ll be glad for the guide when you get within shooting distance of these lumbering giants! And prairie dog hunting lets you practice your short and long range shots, in addition to be being darn good entertainment.
Skip the trophy fees that other Wyoming hunting lodges all too often charge. At Rockin’ 7 Ranch, the whole point of every hunt is bagging the biggest deer – without any added costs!
Whitetail deer at Rockin’ 7 Ranch can be hunted with blinds or on spot and stalk hunts.
Related Onsite Offerings
Rockin’ 7 Ranch offers hunts over prairie dog towns of up to 1,000 acres.
Dampier Hunting Lodge
We hope you came prepared to do some serious hunting, because that’s precisely what you’ll find at our No. 7 spot. Tucked into the Black Hills of Wyoming and surrounded by some of the state’s biggest game, Dampier Hunting Lodge boasts spectacular hunting in literally every season.
Mule deer and antelope are the hoofed prey of choice in these parts come fall; you can even combine the two for a seriously exhilarating hunt. Free spirits will flip for spring in Wyoming, when April showers and May flowers also signal the beginning of turkey season. And every season is suited to rustling up some varmint, albeit in an unmistakably cute form. Prairie dogs may be more cuddly than ferocious, but they’re surprisingly quick for such tiny critters! We sincerely doubt you’ll mind the one-hour drive to the hunting grounds, seeing as these densely wooded acres are home to some of the best deer hunting in all of Wyoming. Dampier Hunting Lodge lets you hunt the surrounding wide open prairies and ranch lands from dawn to dusk, but most guests find it easy to bag their game with time to spare. Fortunately, this leaves just enough time to toss another log on the lodge’s fireplace and settle into a cozy recliner for a football game on the lodge’s big screen TV.
25135 Hwy. 85, Newcastle, WY 82701
Hunt fees at Dampier Hunting Lodge include all lodging, breakfast, a sack lunch on hunting days and supper.
Most hunts have a 4 to 1 ratio of hunter to guide.
South Fork Mountain Lodge & Outfitters
Point and shoot, cast and reel or aim and click – our No. 8 pick is your destination of choice for all sorts of Wyoming adventures. From guided hunts to fishing trips and photography excursions, South Fork Mountain Lodge promises to keep you well entertained on your Wyoming vacation.
Here in the Bighorn National Forest, meadows filled with wildflower blossoms in every color practically beg you to take aim with your camera and forever preserve their rainbow-hued splendor. As you lean back in the saddle, you can’t help but admire the Wyoming sunshine as it filters down through the trees and onto the forest floor. Steer clear of the shadows and meander along the banks of Clear Creek, where the silence is broken only by the rush of nearby waterfalls and the occasional birdsong. And when you’ve had your fill of scenery, tie your mount to the nearest tree and fish for dinner in the creek’s trout-rich waters! Naturally you’ll want to move a bit quicker if big game is your prey of choice. Stalk the neighboring national forest terrain in search of your trophy game, be it mule deer or moose you fancy. Back at the lodge, gourmet meals featuring steak and seafood selections are a tasty end to each day – and offer plenty of fuel for tomorrow’s adventures!
U.S. Hwy. 16 West, Buffalo, WY 82834
Little anglers can improve their chance of a catch in South Fork Mountain Lodge’s stocked trout pond.
South Fork Mountain Lodge is less than a day's travel from both the Black Hills and Yellowstone National Park.
Bear Lodge Resort
Our No. 9 pick also hails from Bighorn National Park, where fantastic fishing and even better hunting can both be enjoyed. Many have made Bear Lodge Resort their Wyoming hunting destination of choice, only to discover that this Wyoming hunting lodge also moonlights as a family resort!
There’s a good chance that hunting brought you to Bear Lodge Resort and you’ll find no shortage of big game in these parts. Bear Lodge offers guided hunts heavy on the scenery, with wildflower fields and cloud-capped mountain peaks as your hunting companions. Rainbow and cutthroat trout are a few other species that thrive here and you’d be seriously missing out if you didn’t take a minute to tie on a fly, wade into the closest stream and take advantage of some of Wyoming’s finest trout fishing conditions. You’ve only got eyes for Wyoming’s big game, but your kids are more concerned with rustling up some grub. Bear Lodge Resort’s trout pond lets little ones get in on the angling action without getting discouraged – and makes for a tasty meal, to boot. Parents looking for a less hands-on approach to dinner will fully appreciate the resort restaurant’s family-style fare!
Related Onsite Offerings
Bear Lodge Resort offers a wide range of Wyoming accommodations including motel rooms, hotel suites, cabins, duplexes and RV sites.
Mountain biking, birding, cross country skiing, fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, rock climbing, snowmobiling and sightseeing.
Traveling during the holidays? Check out Moose Crossing’s holiday brunch buffets!
Boulder Lake Lodge
Deep into the Wyoming wilderness may seem like the last place you’d take your kids – especially with your toddler’s penchant for pulling disappearing acts in cramped grocery store aisles, much less the vast acreage of the Bridger Teton National Forest.
But at Boulder Lake Lodge, every stay is truly the experience of a lifetime, and one made even better with loved ones by your side. This Wyoming hunting lodge comes with plenty of history – its early days date as far back as the late 1800s, after all – but Boulder Lake still keeps up with the pack. Cabins and lodge accommodations even include modern baths and wireless Internet access – an amenity that few other lodges on our list can offer. Fortunately one thing hasn’t changed much since Boulder Lake Lodge’s early days. The hunting is still as good as it used to be before man took over much of the Wild West territory, and the big game you came for – Rocky Mountain elk, moose, pronghorn and more – are just a few miles beyond the lodge’s doors. Boulder Lake Lodge even offers optional pack trips that let you journey deep into the last of the untamed Western frontiers!
Early Wyoming fish camp operators Finis Mitchell and his brother personally stocked some of the nearby lakes with a variety of trout.
Nearby lakes and streams are home to a myriad of trout species including brook, brown, rainbow, golden, kokanee, cutthroat and cut-bow hybrids.
Fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, horseback riding, float trips, badminton and croquet.