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The Jessup Family
2939 North County Road
Loveland, CO 80538
Traditional Dude Ranch

Today's traditional dude ranch invokes the spirit of the American West for all to experience and gives everyone a special touch of western hospitality. These horseback-centered ranches offer multi-night stays with affordable rates, delicious chef prepared meals, rustic but elegant cabins and many special amenities unique to ranching, and a host of mountain adventures.

5280 ft
DIA-Denver, 1 hr/20 min-shuttle service to Loveland Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport - http://www.fortloveair.com/
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Join us for our 73rd 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 14th for Native American Week!

  • Just $2580pp 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 2018 Certificate of Excellence recipient by Trip Advisor. Gene Kilgore selected Sylvan Dale to be on the 2017 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!

—–More for Less—–

The Jessup Family and Ranch Staff 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
  • Professional Training Demonstrations
  • Care for your horse – vet care, hoof care, grooming, equine massage
  • History of the Heart J herd

Outdoor Adventures:

  • Trapshooting
  • Fishing – Bass (included) & Trout (additional charge)
  • 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:

  • 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 7 and up
  • Trail rides
  • Tubing down the river
  • Ranch chores
  • Donkey Talk
  • Chicken Roundup
  • Gentling Foals
  • White Water Rafting (age minimum dependent upon season)
  • Bass Fishing


Here are our 2018 peak season rates:

$2400pp– Adults (ages 13 and up)

$1650pp – Youth (ages 7-12)

$1150pp  – Children (ages 3-6)

Free – Children under 3

*We are offering low season rates for the weeks of June 2nd and August 18th! Ask about these special 5-night packages!

Choose from the following adventure-packed weeks:

  • June 2-7 – Dude Season Kick Off – 5-night stay (ask about our low season rates)
  • June 9-14 – Cowgirl Roundup – ladies only – 5-night stay – $1675pp
  • June 16-22 – Father’s Day Vacation!
  • June 23-29 – SOLD OUT
  • June 30-July 6 – July 4th week
  • July 7-13 – Cattle Drive
  • July 14-20 – Native American Living History with the Heart J Center for Experientail Learning
  • July 21-27 – Family week
  • July 28-August 3 – Family week
  • August 4-10 – Rodeo Cowboy Week
  • August 11-17 – Great Grownup Getaway (ages 21+ only)
  • August 18-23 – Dude Season Closer – 5-night stay (ask about our low season rates)
  • September 15-20 – Fall Great Grownup Getaway – $1675pp
  • September 26-October 1 – Fall Cowgirl Roundup (ladies only) – $1675pp

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 karenb@sylvandale.com

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 9-14 – Cowgirl Roundup – 5-night getaway (ladies only)
  • August 11-17 – Great Grownup Getaway – 6-night stay (ages 21+ only)
  • September 15-20 – Great Grownup Getaway – 5-night stay (ages 21+ only)
  • September 26-October 1 – 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 28-December 1
  • Candlelight & Carols – December 23
  • Colorado Holiday Season Getaway – December & January

Check out? You set the date!

We look forward to learning more about you and your dream vacation. Our lodging capacity is limited to 40 good folks, so don’t delay in getting back to us!

Contact us today for reservations!

(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:
Meeting Capacity:
Dates Open:
spring: Jun. 02,2019 - Jun. 14,2019
summer: Jun. 07,2020 - Aug. 21,2020
fall: Oct. 01,2020 - Oct. 06,2020
winter: Nov. 01,2018 - Feb. 28,2019
Riding Dates:
Jan. 01,2019 - Dec. 31,2019
Minimum Age For Independent Riding:
Minimum Age Accepted at Ranch:
Nearest Airport:
DIA-Denver, 1 hr/20 min-shuttle service to Loveland Fort Collins-Loveland Municipal Airport - http://www.fortloveair.com/
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 10-15: $1595pp Low season weeks: June 3, June 17 & August 19 (ask about our lower rates) Traditional Dude Weeks, July 1 – August 11: $2295pp Adults Only Week, August 12-18: $2295pp Fall Adults Only Week, September 16-21: $1595pp Fall Cowgirl Roundup, October 4-9: $1595pp
Child Rate:
Low season weeks: June 11, June 18 & August 20 (ask about our lower rates) Traditional Dude Weeks, June 25 – August 11: Youth (ages 7-12) $1,545/child Child (ages 3-6) $1055/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 through a tip pool among the Sylvan Dale staff.
Tax Rate:
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:
Lodging Accomodations:
Cabin Accomodations:
Dedicated Arrival Day
Minimum Night Stay
Summer (Peak Season)
6 Nights
Fall (Off Peak Season)
5 Nights
Winter (Off Peak Season)
3 Nights
Spring (Off Peak Season)
5 Nights
Children's Program:
Children's Program Start/End Age:
3 - 12
Baby Sitting:
Outdoor heated pool. Tubing on the river!
Cattle Gathering:
Team Penning:
Cattle Drives:
Additional Cattle Activities:
Guided flyfishing-ranch & trophy trout lakes-extra charge; Bass fishing is included at no additional charge!
River Rafting:
Guided Hiking:
Yes-No Charge
Mountain Biking:
Local trails nearby with the option of local bike rentals
Shooting Sports:
Yes-No Charge
Hay/Wagon Ride:
Adult Only Weeks:
Other Amenities
Wine and Beer
Whirlpool Spa:
Wheelchair Accessible:
Massage Available on Ranch:
Laundry Facilities:
Information Technology Facilities:
Complimentary wireless high-speed internet access;computer workstation and office services available
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.
40 for lodging
Spring, Autumn, Winter
Horseback riding with trail rides & lessons, fishing, hiking, hayrides, campfires, tennis, horseshoes, volleyball, game room. Evening entertainment.
Minimum Nights:
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:
10% for return dude guests or groups of 20 or more.
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