67 Years in the Saddle- Sylvan Dale Ranch was started in 1946 by Maurice and Mayme Jessup and has grown to 3,200 acres. Today, the 2nd generation of Jessups, siblings Susan and David, continue their parent's commitment and vision, offering guests an authentic Western Dude Vacation experience. While located in the Rocky Mountain foothills, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is an easy hours ride from Denver and shares the same elevation, just 5,280 feet, so adjusting to altitude is easy and user-friendly…no headache hassles here.
Sylvan Dale Ranch breeds and raises registered American Quarter Horses right here on the ranch, so guests can count on a reliable, responsive, and handsome mount—every ride! Every guest is assigned their own horse for the week, which provides horse and rider the chance to bond, and enhances the guests experience and overall riding enjoyment on their Colorado ranch vacation. And this Colorado guest ranch's cow-calf operation of registered European cross-bred cattle offers guests a working cowboy experience.
Guest cabins are quaint and cozy, surrounded by towering pines and cottonwood trees, just steps from the Big Thompson River. Cabins, the dining room and amenities (outdoor heated pool, hot tub, tennis courts, and game room) are all centrally located within walking distance to each other. While this Colorado ranch has a full service dining room, they often take advantage of dining outdoors, with spectacular views of horses out to pasture across the river.
Sylvan Dale Ranch is an all-inclusive vacation, and one price includes all meals, accommodations and riding activities for the week. The ranch has kids and teen programs and family oriented entertainment every night.
This guest ranch has been named "Best Family Vacation" by Frommer's Colorado guidebook and rated among the "Top Ten Colorado Dude Ranches" by True West Magazine.
Horseback riding (beginning riders welcome), riding lessons & clinics, hot tub, massage, yoga, winter vacations, women only adventures, wine and cheese tastings, tennis, volleyball, fishing, swimming, hiking (multiple trails throughout ranch), square dancing, horse shoes, hayrides, talent night. mountain biking (bike rentals available), horse pack trips, budget travelers welcome, cattle drives on designated weeks, fly-fishing, golf (multiple courses within minutes of this ranch), daily horse drives, kid-friendly activities, basketball, rock climbing, dude ranch conferences & business retreats, ranch family reunions.
In addition to riding adventures, this dude ranch offers exceptional fly-fishing on the Big Thompson River and exclusive access to private fishing lakes, deep in the Ranch’s “Big Valley”, where guests enjoy ½ day and full day guided fly-fishing for trophy-size trout. There are also fun spectator Events, including the Laramie County Rodeo on select weeks.
The Great Grown Up Get-away: 6-night Dude Ranch vacation, offering adults their own horse for the week, pampering and massage, yoga classes and wine and cheese tastings.
Sylvan Dale Ranch offers a Spring and Fall “Cowgirl Roundup” offering a 4-night Dude Ranch vacation, just for ladies, which makes for a great girlfriend getaway.
Winter Ranch Vacations- During the winter months, Sylvan Dale Ranch operates a Bed & Breakfast with optional horseback riding available, weather permitting.
Commitment to Eco-Tourism
Sylvan Dale Ranch is committed to land preservation for future generations.
Our sustainability mission: "To apply practices in our daily work routine that support a sustainable operation in harmony with the natural environment through the principles of ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’."
Sylvan Dale Ranch has been recognized locally for it’s environmental efforts:
• Awarded the 2008 Environmental Business Award by the Ft Collins Chamber of Commerce, recognizing Sylvan Dale Ranch's outstanding efforts to enhance the environmental performance of the organization.
• Awarded the 2008 Conservationist of the Year by The Big Thompson Conservation District, acknowledging techniques utilized that conserve land and water.
• Working with the Legacy Land Trust, Sylvan Dale has placed 60% of the 3,200 acre ranch in land trust conservation easements to ensure continued protection and freedom from development.
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, carpeting, refrigerators and coffee makers. Some have fireplaces and most have air-conditioning. Guest houses are perfect for larger families or groups and feature 3 or more bedrooms, 2+ baths, kitchens and outdoor patios.
The Wagon Wheel Bunkhouse is a two-story lodge offering plenty of room for family reunions or group events. Each room is decorated with western flair and a private bath. There’s also a three-bedroom suite. A kitchen, fireplace and gathering room are in the common area. There’s a covered deck on the 2nd floor with great views of the Big Thompson River. On the first floor, a large outdoor patio includes fire pit and casual seating.
All meals are included in your vacation package, and food is plentiful, hearty and home-style. Some meals feature Sylvan Dale's Heart-J grass-finished beef! Sylvan Dale specialties include 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 Antique Dining Room (ADR), outside at the Heart-J Grill or on the River Porch. This guest ranch is happy to accommodate special diets.
Golf at multiple local courses
Mountain Biking rentals nearby
Museums, Dining in Loveland
Dining and Brewery Tours in Fort Collins
Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), Estes Park- 15 miles east
Shopping, dining- Estes Park
Spectacular hiking- RMNP