We’re Sold Out for 2021!!!  Join us for our 76th year in the saddle in 2022!

Grab your hat, your boots, and your sense of adventure….we’re ready to provide you with memories of a lifetime.

Looking for a Truly Unique Vacation Experience?

Join us the week of July 18th-24th, 2021 for Native American Week!

  • Just $2580 per person 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 2020 Travelors’ Choice Award Winner and 2019 Certificate of Excellence recipient by Trip Advisor. Gene Kilgore selected Sylvan Dale to be on the 2019 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! 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 (select weeks) or try team sorting (any week)
  • 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
  • Archery
  • Fishing – Bass (included) & Trout (additional charge)
  • White Water Rafting (additional charge – arranged through Mountain Whitewater Descents)
  • Excursions:
  • Overnight Pack Trip to Cow Camp
  • Cattle Drives – June 27th & July 4th weeks
  • Mountain bike to Bobcat Ridge Open Space (additional fee for bike rental)

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
  • Archery
  • Tubing down the river
  • Ranch chores
  • Donkey Talk
  • Chicken Roundup
  • Gentling Foals
  • Bass Fishing

Here are our 2021 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 20th and August 15th! Ask about these special 5-night packages!

Choose from the following adventure-packed weeks:

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. 202 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 13-18 – Cowgirl Roundup – 5-night stay – Ladies Only
  • July 11-16 – Cowgirl Roundup – 5-night stay – Ladies Only
  • August 15-20 – Great Grownup Getaway – 5-night stay – Adults Only
  • September 12-17 – Great Grownup Getaway – 5-night stay – Adults Only
  • September 30-October 5 – Cowgirl Roundup – 5-night stay – Ladies Only

Why not make Sylvan Dale your Holiday Tradition?

Make family memories to last a lifetime!

  • More than Just Pumpkin Pie – November 25-28
  • Candlelight & Carols – December 19
  • 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: May. 01,2021 - Jun. 05,2021
Summer: Jun. 06,2021 - Aug. 20,2021
Fall: Sep. 12,2021 - Oct. 05,2021
Winter: Nov. 01,2021 - Apr. 30,2021
Riding Dates:
Jan. 01,2021 - Dec. 31,2021
Minimum Age For Independent Riding:
Minimum Age Accepted at Ranch:

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. 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 13-18, July 11-17: $1675pp Low season weeks: June 20 & August 15 (ask about our lower rates) Traditional Dude Weeks, June 27 – August 14: $2400pp Adults Only Week, August 15-20: $1675pp Fall Adults Only Week, September 12-17: $1675pp Fall Cowgirl Roundup, September 30-October 5: $1675pp
Child Rate:
Low season weeks: June 20 (ask about our lower rates) Traditional Dude Weeks, June 27 – August 7: Youth (ages 7-12) $1,650/child Child (ages 3-6) $1150/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)
Sunday, Wednesday
3 Nights
Fall (Off Peak Season)
Sunday, Thursday
5 Nights
Winter (Off Peak Season)
1 Night
Spring (Off Peak Season)
1 Night


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: