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  • Family Rides
  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • The Heritage Lodge
  • Side-by-Side Cabin
  • Guest House Interior
  • Whitewater Rafting
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Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

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2939 N County Road 31D
Loveland, Colorado 80538-9763
+1 970-667-3915
$269 - $383 ?
Minimum Stay
5-6 nights during Summer (sometimes half-week packages are available), 2 night (B&B) during Fall and Winter months.

Check In/Out:
Sunday 3:00 / Saturday 10:00 (Fridays 10:00 am for 5-night stays)
Ranch Altitude:
5,280 ft. (same altitude as Denver)
Ranch Capacity:
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Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

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 adventure. Discover Your Inner Cowboy! Our 3200-acre Ranch in the scenic Colorado foothills is an easy hour's drive from Denver. Conveniently situated near Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Sylvan Dale's Dude Ranch and Retreat Center is nestled along the banks of Colorado's beautiful Big Thompson River. Trophy trout fly fishing, nature experiences, tennis, swimming, and many other outdoor adventure activities await you.

Looking for a Truly Unique Vacation Experience?

Join us the week of July 16th for Native American Living History Week!

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

We're a historic working horse and cattle ranch (our all-natural Heart-J Beef is delicious and available for purchase). Guests go on cattle drives and cattle roundups, trail rides, and overnight pack trips, take horseback riding lessons and play Gymkhana games on horseback. So c'mon and saddle up, discover your inner cowboy, and experience the old-fashioned family hospitality and cowboy culture of the historic American West.

During the 12 weeks of summer (June 4th — August 24th) we host 5 or 6-night
dude ranch vacations, plus groups on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. During the rest of the year (fourth week in August through early June), we host group events such as overnight conferences and retreats, family, class, or company reunions, business meetings, celebration dinners,receptions and picnics. We also offer bed & breakfast stays, unforgettable holiday packages, special events and the best weddings in Loveland!

What makes Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch different? The Jessup family and crew have been offering legendary hospitality since 1946. Our precisely one-mile-high elevation assures comfort for multi-generational families. We raise cattle, horses, and have an authentic western experience. Green practices (not a new way of doing things for us!) and eco-friendly activities blend the values of present day with a step back to a simpler time. For you good folks with deep concern for preserving nature and the environment, you'll appreciate our green philosophy and passion for sustainable practices. At Sylvan Dale, we pride ourselves on being excellent stewards of our land, livestock, and resident wildlife.

Great Fun! Great Food! Great Folks! Join us for our 71st season! Also offering:
  • Native American Living Week

  • Rodeo Week

  • Cowgirl Roundup

  • The Great Grownups Getaway!

  • Ranch Dining

    Food at Sylvan Dale is an experience. It starts with fresh local products, prepared with care, handled safely, and served with pride. We purchase local products whenever possible, local produce in season and milk from local dairies. Our own natural, Heart-J ranch-raised grass-fed beef is often featured. The breakfast bell rings through the crisp morning air and the aroma of home baking hastens guests to breakfast time - a delectable spread is served in Sylvan Dale's Roundup Room.

    Ranch Activities

    "Discover Your Inner Cowboy!" at our historic working cattle ranch in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Cattle drives, overnight pack trips, western riding instruction, scenic trail rides, fishing, hay rides, western cookouts, evening entertainment, supervised youth program, terrific home baking and legendary hospitality keep folks returning year after year. Activities are planned to maximize a feeling of home and family participation. Come for special weeks like Cowgirl Roundup or Thanksgiving!

    Ranch Lodging

    Clustered in the main yard amid flowers, giant cottonwoods and towering blue spruce, our cabins are warmly decorated with comfortable country furnishings and antique accents. All have private baths, air conditioning, carpeting, small refrigerator, coffee maker and porch. Beds are queen-sized, supplemented with single beds in some rooms. You're sure to enjoy a restful night with the sounds of the Big Thompson River bubbling nearby.

    • Hay Rides


    • Biking
    • Billiards
    • Bird Watching
    • Cattle work
    • Children's Program(3-5)
    • Children's Program(6-8)
    • Children's Program(9-12)
    • Babysitting Available
    • Fishing
    • Guided Fishing
    • Golf on or nearby
    • Hiking
    • Hay Rides
    • Evening programs
    • National Park Trips
    • Nature Programs
    • Overnight camping - Pack Trips
    • River Rafting
    • Roping
    • Rodeos
    • Spa Services
    • Shooting Sports
    • Western Dancing
    • Wild life Viewing
    • Yoga


    • 21-40

    Dates Open

    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December


    • Gourmet
    • Ranch/Western
    • Special Diets Accommodated

    Length of Stay

    • 3 Nights
    • 4 Nights
    • 5 Nights
    • 6 Nights

    Lodging and Amenities

    • Airport Shuttle
    • Cabins
    • Game Room
    • Handicap Accessible- call ranch for more details
    • Internet
    • Lodge rooms
    • Massages available
    • Swimming pool
    • Tennis Court

    Ranch Policies

    • Alcoholic Beverages Available
    • Alcoholic Beverages are permitted
    • Credit Card accepted
    • Horse Safety Program
    • Pet Friendly
    • Works With Travel Trade

    Ranch suitable for

    • Adults only
    • Couples
    • Corporate Meetings / Conferences
    • Families
    • Reunions / Family Reunions
    • Singles
    • Weddings


    • Pony Rides - 5 and under
    • Minimum age for riding on the trail - 7
    • Beginner rides
    • Advanced rides
    • Intermediate rides
    • Family rides
    • Kid only rides
    • All day ride
    • Half day rides
    • Group lessons
    • Private lessons
    • Arena games
    • Team penning
    • Dinner rides
    • Winter riding

    Specialty Events/Weeks

    • Adult Only Weeks
    • Cattle Drive
    • Fly Fishing
    • Girlfriend Getaways
    • Pack Trips

    Cancellation Policy

    Payments & Cancellations: Final payment is due at check-out, but you are welcome to prepay your package rate.  For reservations of less than 20 people, the 30% deposit is refundable (less $50 service charge per person) for cancellations made at least 90 days prior to planned arrival.  Deposits for groups of 20 or more people are not refundable.  We recommend travelers insurance to protect your deposit.

    Contact Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

    +1 970-667-3915

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