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Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

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The Jessup Family
2939 North County Road 31D
Loveland, CO 80538

(970) 667-3915

5280 ft

Airport Name
DIA-Denver, 1 hr/20 min-shuttle service to Loveland
Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport -

Join us for our 70th year in the saddle! Grab your hat, your boots, and your sense of adventure....we're ready to provide you memories of a lifetime.


Looking for a Truly Unique Vacation Experience?

Join us the week of July 24th for Native American Week!

  • Just $2475pp Adults
  • Lower rates for children under 12


An authentic horse and cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountain foothills, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch has been Family owned and operated since 1946.

Our 3,200 acres offer plenty of outdoor adventures including cattle drives, overnight pack trips, fishing, rafting, trapshooting, and more. 33 min. from Estes Park. We're an easy hour from Denver, with mild temps and mile-high elevation.

Sylvan Dale is a 2015 Certificate of Excellence recipient by Trip Advisor. Gene Kilgore selected Sylvan Dale to be on the 2015 list of World's Best Ranches! Also named "Best Family Vacation" by Frommer's Colorado guidebook and rated among the "top ten Colorado Dude Ranches" by True West Magazine, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch offers year 'round outdoor adventures.

Your Best Sylvan Dale Vacation Ever!

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2016 will be our third summer after the devastating floods of September 2013. We are as strong as ever! Some of our buildings are gone, and the beautiful grounds by the river have been transformed, but we are here and ready to offer you “Great Fun, Great Food, and Great Folks!”

“Cowboy Up” with us this coming summer for the best Sylvan Dale Vacation ever. More family time. More fun activities. More time to kick back.

Our six-night western-adventure-packed week begins with check-in on Sunday after 3:00pm and ends Saturday morning after breakfast with check-out at 10:00am. Three-night packages are also available during select weeks. (Sun-Wed or Wed-Sat).

Included in your Sylvan Dale Adventure:


“Lots to do…no pressure to do it!”

Horsin’ Around:

  • Participate in ranch chores
  • Brush up on your horsemanship skills
  • Explore scenic trails on horseback
  • Harness, hitch, and drive the Draft Horses
  • Bond with your horse
  • Rise and shine for breakfast on the trail
  • Gentle foals
  • Roundup and drive cattle or try team sorting
  • Enter the SDR Gymkhana
  • Learn to throw the “hoolihan” rope
  • Professional Training Demonstrations
  • Care for your horse – vet care, hoof care, grooming, equine massage
  • History of the Heart J herd


Outdoor Adventures:

  • Trapshooting
  • Archery & Wrist Rockets
  • Fishing – Bass & Trout
  • White Water Rafting (additional charge)
  • Excursions:
  • Overnight Pack Trip to Cow Camp
  • Camp out on Eagle Ridge
  • Van Trip to Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Mountain bike to Bobcat Ridge Open Space (additional fee for bike rental)
  • Visit the sustainable agriculture operation in the Big Valley


Evening Fun:

  • Horse-drawn Wagon Ride Tour and Ranch History
  • Cowboy Campfire with songs and s’mores
  • Softball at the Field of Dreams with hand cranked homemade ice cream
  • Swing your Partner – a night of country western dancing
  • Live Entertainment Sylvan Dale Style
  • Happy Trails Ranch Party


All about Kids (ages 3-12):

  • Cowpoke Melodrama
  • Lead around rides for the little ones
  • Horsemanship class ages 6 and up
  • Trail rides
  • Tubing down the river
  • Ranch chores
  • Donkey Talk
  • Chicken Roundup
  • Gentling Foals
  • White Water Rafting (age minimum dependent upon season)
  • Archery & Wrist Rockets
  • Bass Fishing


Here are our 2016 peak season rates:

$2295pp– Adults (ages 13 and up)

$1545pp – Youth (ages 6-12)

$955pp  – Children (ages 3-5)

Free – Children under 3

*We are offering low season rates for the weeks of June 19th and August 21st! Ask about these special 5-night packages!

Choose from the following adventure-packed weeks:

  • June 12-17 – Cowgirl Roundup (ladies only) - $1295pp
  • June 19-24 – Dude Season Kick Off - 5-night stay (ask about our low season rates)
  • June 26-July 2 – Traditional Dude Ranching
  • July 3-9 – Cattle Drive
  • July 10-16 – Cattle Drive
  • July 17-23 – Traditional Dude Ranching
  • July 24-30 - Traditional Dude Ranching plus Native American Week!
  • July 31-August 6 – Traditional Dude Ranching
  • August 7-13 – Rodeo Cowboy Week
  • August 14-20 – Great Grownup Getaway (ages 21+ only)
  • August 21-26 – Dude Season Close Out - 5-night stay (ask about our low season rates)
  • September 18-23 – Fall Great Grownup Getaway - 5-night stay (ask about our low season rates)
  • September 29-October 4 -- Fall Cowgirl Roundup (ladies only) - $1295pp


Ask about our Family Reunion Package too!

This summer is a great opportunity to experience that family gathering you have always wished for! With at least 20 good folks, you can have the Ranch all to yourselves. We’ll help customize your program to meet the interests and needs of your family.

Contact Karen for particulars: (970) 667-3915 ext. 11 or

For all of the adults who are looking for a kid-free getaway, look no further!

Come to Sylvan Dale to discover your inner Cowboy or Cowgirl!

  • June 12-17 – Cowgirl Roundup – 5-night getaway (ladies only)
  • August 14-20 – Great Grownup Getaway – 6-night stay (ages 21+ only)
  • September 18-23 – Great Grownup Getaway – 5-night stay (ages 21+ only)
  • September 29-October 4 -- Cowgirl Roundup -- 5-night getaway (ladies only)


Why not make Sylvan Dale your Holiday Tradition?

Make family memories to last a lifetime!

  • More than Just Pumpkin Pie – November 24-27
  • Candlelight & Carols – December 23

Check out? You set the date!

We look forward to learning more about you and your dream vacation. Our lodging capacity is limited to 30 good folks, so don’t delay in getting back to us!

Contact us today for reservations!

(877) 667-3999

(970) 667-3915

Lots to do…no pressure to do it!


“I took my 3 kids (18, 17, 13 )and we had a fabulous time. The riding was great. They made a big effort to tailor rides to individual skill levels and interests of the group. We were able to actually herd cows - I mean really move them from one place to another and it was lots of fun. There is a really nice breakfast ride and the overnight trip option to Cow Camp should not be missed. The food was really good. Plenty of it, nicely presented, and really yummy - not too gourmet - just good home cookin' comfort food.”

Lori R. Latka - Virgina

Guest Capacity: 35
Meeting Capacity: 80
Dates Open: Spring: Mar. 01, 2016 to Jun. 12, 2016
Summer: Jun. 12, 2016 to Aug. 26, 2016
Fall: Aug. 26, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2016
Winter: Nov. 01, 2015 to Feb. 28, 2016
Riding Dates: Jan. 01, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016
Minimum Age For Independent Riding: 6
Minimum Age Accepted at Ranch: 0
Nearest Airport: DIA-Denver, 1 hr/20 min-shuttle service to Loveland
Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport -

Lodging Overview

Cabins are clustered in the main yard amid giant cottonwoods and blue spruce, and are warmly decorated with comfortable country furnishings and antique accents. All have private baths and porches, air-conditioning, carpeting, refrigerators and coffee makers. Some also have fireplaces. Guest houses are perfect for larger families or groups and feature 3 or more bedrooms, 2+ baths, kitchens and outdoor patios.

Recreation Overview

Our ranch-raised quarter horses are at the heart of our program. Our riding program is designed to offer a challenge to every rider. Whether you are an experienced rider or a first-timer, you will appreciate the quality of our herd and the competence of our wranglers. As a Heart-J Rider you will be assigned a horse for the week. You'll also find fishing, swimming, tennis, game room, nature walks, birding, Western arena activities and much more. Each evening features an event such as a campfire sing-along, horse-drawn hayride, cookout, live Western entertainment, square and line dancing, a "field of dreams" softball game or a rollicking Ranch Party.

Dining Overview

All meals are included in your vacation package, and food is plentiful, hearty and home-style. Some meals feature our own Heart-J grass-finished beef ( )! Sylvan Dale specialties include our fried chicken and meatloaf welcome dinner, outdoor steak fry, Thanksgiving dinner and a Mexican Buffet. Home-baked goodies are a delicious tradition. Meals are served in the Roundup Room or outside at the Heart-J Grill. We are happy to accommodate special diets, excluding kosher only.


Adult Rate:

Cowgirl Roundup, June 12-17:  $1295pp

Low season weeks: June 19 & August 21 (ask about our lower rates)

Traditional Dude Weeks, June 26 – August 13:  $2295pp
Adults Only Week, August 14-20: $2295pp

Fall Adults Only Week, September 18-23: $1595pp

Fall Cowgirl Roundup, September 29-October 4: $1295pp

Child Rate:

Low season weeks: June 19 & August 21 (ask about our lower rates)

Traditional Dude Weeks, June 19 – August 13:
Youth (ages 6-12) $1,545/child
Child (ages 3-5) $955/child

Service Charge/Tip Rate: Because our service is genuinely caring and gracious, most folks add 15-20% to their total bill. Since your experience involves the entire team at some level, tips are shared among the Sylvan Dale staff.
Tax Rate: 3.55
Accepted Payment Methods: A deposit is due within 2 weeks of reservation; final payment is due at checkout, but you are welcome to prepay. Personal checks are cheerfully accepted, as well as MasterCard, American Express and Visa.
Travel Agents Accepted: Yes


Lodging Accomodations: Yes
Cabin Accomodations: Yes
Weekly Arrival Day: 6 nights, Sunday through Saturday. 3-Nights available select weeks only, Sunday - Wednesday or Wednesday to Saturday
Seven Night Week: No
Six Night Week: Yes


Children's Program: Yes
Children's Program Start/End Age: 3 - 12
Baby Sitting: Yes-Charge
Swimming: Outdoor heated pool. Tubing on the river!
Cattle Gathering: Yes
Team Penning: Yes
Cattle Drives: Yes
Additional Cattle Activities: Help round up cattle to move them to greener pastures or team sort our Mexican Corrientes!
Overnight Pack Trips: Yes-No Charge
Fishing: Guided flyfishing-ranch & trophy trout lakes-extra charge
River Rafting: Yes-Charge
Guided Hiking: Yes-No Charge
Tennis: Yes
Golf: Nearby
Mountain Biking: Local trails nearby with the option of local bike rentals
Petting Zoo: Yes
Shooting Sports: Yes-No Charge
Hay/Wagon Ride: Yes
Adult Only Weeks: Yes
Women Only Weeks: Yes

Other Amenities

Liquor: Wine and Beer
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Massage Available on Ranch: Yes-Charge
Laundry Facilities: Yes-Charge
Information Technology Facilities: Complimentary wireless high-speed internet access;computer workstation and office services available

Other Seasons

Winter Program

We are open year-round for "bunk and breakfast" stays along with many of the same activities listed for our summer program, handled on an "à la carte" basis and weather-dependent. Many folks enjoy horseback riding, fishing, hiking and more in our typically mild winter-time environment. Our holiday traditions are the perfect time for family reunions -- consider Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Winter Season: November through March

Special Events

Conventions, Meetings & Retreats

Sylvan Dale is your Mountain Retreat Center ... when it's time for a fresh perspective and new ideas, our setting is a natural! At the heart of many meetings and business retreats is the Heritage Building. Our Heritage Building offers a large meeting space with a stone fireplace, log ceiling trusses, breakout rooms and a porch overlooking the ponds. We can help you to coordinate with facilitators for team building & leadership retreats.

Capacity: 30 for lodging
Season: Spring, Autumn, Winter
Activities: Horseback riding with trail rides & lessons, fishing, hiking, hayrides, campfires, tennis, horseshoes, volleyball, game room. Evening entertainment.
Minimum Nights: 1

Bed & Breakfast

"Bunk and Breakfast" stays include a hearty Ranch breakfast and are a great getaway for pleasure or business! We offer B&B stays year 'round based on availability. During the Dude Ranch Season, we can only accept B&B stays two weeks out from the expected arrival date and based on cabin availability. Many folks use our B&B for a home base to explore nearby Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. Many antique and gift shops, theaters, museums, golf and mountain biking nearby.

Capacity: 30
Season: Year-Round
Activities: Horseback riding with trail rides & lessons, fishing, hiking, cattle chores, hayrides, campfires, tennis, horseshoes, volleyball and game room.
Minimum Nights: 1


Known throughout the area as a romantic and beautiful wedding facility, we provide convenient and affordable arrangements for ceremonies, receptions and rehearsal dinners. Indoor and outdoor facilities are available. We are open year 'round (but summer dates fill quickly). Rehearsal gatherings at Sylvan Dale are casual and private, a perfect way to wind down before you gear-up for the big day. Special discounts for Winter Weddings!

Wedding Planning: Our on-site wedding coordinators are available to assist you in your planning!
Wedding Officiant: Yes, we provide a list of local officiants with whom we've worked before.

Family Reunions

Sylvan Dale was featured in "Reunions" magazine in 2012 and 2014 because we have hosted family reunions for over 60 years with our unique, heart-warming brand of hospitality and the extensive activity list for all ages. Plan your family reunions during our summer dude season (mid-June through late August) for 6-night stays, or choose other dates for shorter visits. Thanksgiving and Christmas are ideal and Spring Break is too!

Book Entire Ranch: Yes
Book Entire Ranch: To book the entire ranch, we require reservations for 25. By doing so, we are able to customize your activity program as well as menu requests. Learn more at
Capacity: 35
Discount: 10% for return dude guests

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