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Setting your inner cowboy on the trail to discovery…

Cowboys are heralded in songs, movies, and the pages of American history. Their strength, independence, and resilience come from days on the range, hours in the saddle, months of back-breaking work, and the years of freedom their lifestyle enjoys. Even today, little boys ride brooms and herd the dog across the backyard, whooping and hollering. Little girls fall asleep to the clip-clop rhythm of hoofbeats, dreaming of wide open spaces while tucked under a black velvet blanket shining with glittering stars.

Hideout Ranch is one of the last bastions of the West where the strength, independence, and resilience of the cowboy is encouraged, cultivated, and lauded. We ride our horses the way genuine cowboys rode their horses as they explored the frontier and settled the west – as partners. Like them, we ride at a measured pace to drink in the wonders of a land waiting to be explored by our guests. New riders have put their boot in a stirrup for the first time at Hideout Ranch, and learned more about themselves while riding than they knew they didn’t know. Experienced riders and horse owners alike have ridden with us, discovering their own inner cowboys while riding our unbelievable trails. Every ride is a chance to expand the experience – each step a lesson not only on horseback, but in life.

Cowboys did what they had to do, reaching deep for the strength and resolve to forge a civilization out of a raw frontier. Likewise, at Hideout Ranch, we build on the strength and resolve of our own inner cowboy to help our guests set out on the trail to discovery…

Host Craig LawsonYour Hosts…

In the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, The Hideout was home to horses and cattle... and us, Craig and Tamara J Lawson. Even life in the breathtaking Shenandoah Valley couldn't shake the desert dust from our souls – dust acquired after years spent riding and working cattle in Southeastern Arizona. What had always been second nature to us – taking neighbors and friends riding or teaching them to work cattle – became our life's goal:  our own ranch and guest operation, Hideout Ranch.

Months of searching lead us to the ideal location in the southeastern corner of Arizona, snugged against the New Mexico state line, nestled midpoint between the Chiricahua Mountains to the West and the Peloncillos to the East. In the spirit of long-ago wagon trains, we left "Back East", heading toward the sunset in a caravan of trucks and trailers. The cattle had already embarked on their own journey west, and we pushed hard to meet them. Four long days of driving and plenty of adventures later, we drove through the gates on the third bright April morning of 2008. The horses found their water and settled to grazing, and the cattle were comfortable enough on their new range for one young cow to drop the first calf born on Hideout Ranch that first night home.
Craig and Tamara, Your Host for a true western experience

Since we'd met in 2001 while wrangling on a guest ranch, we both knew one day we'd be back in the desert, taking guests on horseback through the mountains and astounding scenery of the American west. Being one with the animals and the land is more than what we do. It is who we are. Ranching and cowboying — and sharing it with others — have always been who we are…