Secluded Shell

Home to around 50 people, an abundance of fossil shells and a host of guest ranches, Shell, Wyoming, offers the perfect excuse to get horseback in the Cowboy State. Located at the base of the Big Horn Mountains, Shell provides easy access to the Big Horn and Shoshone National Forests, as well as nearby Bureau of Land Management areas in Cody and Worland. 

ImageBest Treks:
With four major managed territories located within an hour-and-a-half drive, Shell makes an ideal staging point for northern Wyoming horseback excursions, including these trails suggested by local forest ranger and BLM field personnel. Horsemen should check with the authorities listed below for additional information on trail and weather conditions, permits, regulations and restrictions.  

• Bucking Mule Falls National Recreation Trail
Medicine Wheel/Paintrock Ranger District
Bighorn National Forest
(307) 548-6541

Enjoy beautiful views of Bucking Mule Falls on this moderate-to-difficult, 12-mile trail. The Bucking Mule Trailhead features campsites, water, restrooms and ample parking. Opportunities for dispersed camping are limited. Riders should pack bear-resistant containers and a saw for windfall.

• Elks Fork Trail
Northern Office (Clarks Fork, Wapiti and Greybull Ranger Districts)
Shoshone National Forest
(307) 527-6921

Traverse a variety of terrain, including dense timber, meadows and volcanic rock, as you ride along this 10.2-mile trail into the Shoshone backcountry. Trailhead facilities include campsites, corrals, water, restrooms and trailer parking. Dispersed camping is
available. Trail hazards include grizzly and black bears, as well as areas of flash flooding.

• Cottonwood Trail
Cody BLM Field Office
(307) 578-5900

Take a scenic detour on this 5.5-mile hiking and equestrian trail that winds along portions of Cottonwood Creek. The trailhead features campsites, corrals, restrooms and water. This moderate-to-difficult trail features rocky terrain, stunning scenery and the
occasional black-bear sighting.

• Medicine Lodge Canyon Area
Worland BLM Field Office
(307) 347-5100

Blaze your own trail along beautiful canyons and cliffs in the Medicine Lodge Canyon area. There’s no designated trail system, but riders can trek along wild-game trails. Travel is moderate to difficult, with numerous water crossings. Primitive camping is allowed in the area and additional camping facilities with corrals, RV hook-ups and water can be found at the Medicine Lodge State Archeological Site. For campsite fee information, call (307) 469-2234.
Certified weed-free hay requirements apply in these areas, and leave-no-trace principles are encouraged. A negative Coggins Test and brand inspection
documentation is required for out-of-state riders.

Local Outfitters:
• 7D Ranch
Cody, Wyoming
(888) 587-9885

• Canyon Ranch
Big Horn, Wyoming
(307) 674-6239

• Kedesh Guest Ranch
Shell, Wyoming
(800) 845-3320

• Klondike Guest Ranch
Buffalo, Wyoming
(307) 684-5216

• Paradise Guest Ranch
(307) 684-7678

• Rafter Y Ranch
Banner, Wyoming
(307) 683-2258

• Rimrock Dude Ranch
(307) 587-3970

• Shoshone Lodge and Guest Ranch
(307) 587-4044

• The Hideout at Flitner Ranch
(800) 354-8637

Local Attractions:
• Buffalo Bill Historical Center
(307) 587-4771

• Cody Stampede Rodeo & Cody Nite Rodeo
(800) 207-0744

• Medicine Lodge State Archeological Site
(307) 469-2234

• Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite
(307) 347-5100