Climate & Weather

Snowshoe Lodge is a year-round operation. It can get quite hot during the summer in north-central Wyoming, especially down in the high desert elevation of Shell Valley. And spring and fall temperatures can get rather cool, even downright cold. Winter? Cold and snowy, but often warmed by the daytime sun. And snow that is characteristic of Western powder vs. other regions' wet, slushy snow. This makes for snowmobilers' paradise up here.

Here's a couple weather and climate sites worth checking for current conditions:

The Hideout office staff recommend this section of the USDA's website:

Wyoming's Dept of Transportation has a website with the Wyoming Road Report:  . They have info posted about Scenic Byways too. One can also call their nationwide toll-free number: 1-888-WYO-ROAD (1-888-996-7623).

Plus there is the Univ. of Wyoming, College of Engineering, Dept of Atmospheric Science website:

Or go to any major weather website such as and plug in the 82441 zip code for Shell, WY.


Seasonal weather in Wyoming can be unpredictable. More so up in the Big Horns. Best to be prepared. As they say, better to bring it along and not need it, than need it and not have it. In general, bring clothing that can be layered. Suggested "To Bring" lists for horseback-riding seasons or snowmobiling season appear below.




Gear to Bring for Spring, Summer, Fall (horseback-riding etc. seasons):

  • Protective Headgear: Wide-brimmed Hat (with stampede string or chin strap)

and/or Riding/Biking Helmet

  • Riding or Hiking Boots
  • Comfortable jeans -- we recommend Wranglers due to less bulky inseam on legs; perhaps Hosiery to prevent chafing (for both women & men)
  • Chaps
  • Windbreaker or rain slicker
  • Leather gloves (more than one pair)
  • Lip balm and sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm sweater or jacket
  • Long underwear or tights for warmth on cool days
  • Bathing suit (for hot tub and/or pond swimming)
  • For your convenience, we supply: Hair dryers, an iron and an ironing board are also available for your use

Gear to Bring for Winter (snowmobile-riding season):

  • Snowmobiling helmet
  • Warm, water-resistant winter boots
  • Water-resistant ski pants / bibs
  • Wind- and water-resistant winter parka
  • Wool or silk long underwear
  • Thermal socks
  • Thick winter gloves
  • Balaclava
  • Sunglasses
  • Clothing that can be layered
  • Warm sweaters (fleece or wool)
  • Lip balm
  • Bathing suit (for open-air hot tub, for sure; Polar Bear Club anyone?)

Questions? Allow us to assist. Please call Snowshoe Lodge at 307 765 2080 or e-mail us through the Contact Us webpage.



Office Hours (Mtn Standard Time):
Mon-Sat 7:00 am to 6:30 pm, Sun 10:00 am to 6:30 pm
Winter Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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