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.
Gene Kilgore selected Sylvan Dale to be on the 2014 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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2014 is a “come-back” summer for us. The Floods of September 2013 left devastation on the Ranch but it did not destroy US! 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. And less cost!
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 (Sun-Wed or Wed-Sat).
Included in your Sylvan Dale Adventure:
“Lots to do…no pressure to do it!”
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
Roundup and drive cattle or try team penning
Enter the SDR Gymkhana
Learn to throw the “hoolihan”
Professional Training Demonstrations
Care for your horse – vet care, hoof care, grooming, equine massage
History of the Heart J herd
Archery & Wrist Rockets
Fishing – Bass & Trout
White Water Rafting (additional charge)
Forces of Nature Tour – how the water shapes the landscape
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
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):
Lead around rides for the little ones
Horsemanship class ages 6 and up
Tubing down the river
White Water Rafting (age minimum dependent upon season)
Archery & Wrist Rockets
Fishing – Bass & Trout
We’ve created even more affordable rates for the 2014 season!
$1995 – Adults (ages 13 and up)
$1445 – Youth (ages 6-12)
$855 – Children (ages 3-5)
Free – Children under 3
Choose from the following adventure-packed weeks:
- June 16-21 – Cowgirl Roundup (ladies only)
- June 22-28
- June 29-July 5 – Annual Cattle Drive
- July 6-12
- July 13-19
- July 20-26 – Native American Week (additional charge)
- July 27-August 2
- August 3-9
- August 10-16
- August 17-23 – Great Grownup Getaway (adults only)
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 25 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 16-21 – Cowgirl Roundup – 5-night ladies only getaway
- August 17-23 – Great Grownup Getaway – 6-night adults only
- Sept. 18-22 – Cowgirl Roundup – 4-night ladies only getaway
- October 2-6 – Cowgirl Roundup – 4-night ladies only getaway
Why not make Sylvan Dale your Holiday Tradition?
Make family memories to last a lifetime!
- More than Just Pumpkin Pie – November 27-30
- 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!
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
Spring: Mar. 01, 2014 to Jun. 16, 2014
Summer: Jun. 16, 2014 to Aug. 23, 2014
Fall: Aug. 25, 2014 to Oct. 31, 2014
Winter: Nov. 01, 2014 to Feb. 28, 2014
|Riding Dates:||Jan. 01, 2014 to Dec. 31, 2014|
|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 - http://www.fortloveair.com/
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.
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.
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 ( www.HeartJBeef.com )! 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 Heritage Ballroom or outside at the Heart-J Grill. We are happy to accommodate special diets.
Cowgirl Roundup, June 17-21: $1,245/person
Traditional Dude Weeks, June 22 – August 16:
|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.|
|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|
|Weekly Arrival Day:||6 nights, Sunday through Saturday|
|Seven Night Week:||No|
|Six Night Week:||Yes|
|Children's Program Start/End Age:||6 - 12|
|Swimming:||Outdoor heated pool; Tubing on the Big Thompson River!|
|Daily Cattle Work:||Yes|
|Additional Cattle Activities:||Help round up cattle to move them to greener pastures; help w/chores, vaccinations, branding, etc.|
|Overnight Pack Trips:||Yes-No Charge|
|Fishing:||Rainbow trout and bass in stocked ponds; guided flyfishing-ranch & trophy trout lakes-extra charge|
|Guided Hiking:||Yes-No Charge|
|Mountain Biking:||Local trails nearby with the option of local bike rentals|
|Shooting Sports:||Yes-No Charge|
|Adult Only Weeks:||Yes|
|Women Only Weeks:||Yes|
|Liquor:||Wine and Beer|
|Massage Available on Ranch:||Yes-Charge|
|Information Technology Facilities:||Complimentary wireless high-speed internet access;computer workstation and office services available|
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! And how about joining us for Spring Break?
|Winter Season:||November through March|
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.|
Bed & Breakfast
"Bunk and Breakfast" stays include a hearty Ranch breakfast and are a great getaway for pleasure or business! We will be accepting B&B stays starting in June of 2014. During the Dude Ranch Season, we will accept B&B stays dependent upon availability. Cabins will be released two weeks prior to the arrival date if available. 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.
|Activities:||Horseback riding with trail rides & lessons, fishing, hiking, cattle chores, hayrides, campfires, tennis, horseshoes, volleyball and game room.|
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.|
Sylvan Dale was featured in "Reunions" magazine in 2012 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 www.RanchReunions.com|
|Discount:||5% for return dude guests|