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Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Loveland, Colorado

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Nearest Regional Airport

Denver International Airport, 67 miles

Nearest International Airport

Denver International Airport, 67 miles


5300 Feet


Year Round

Guest Capacity


Best Family Vacation

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.

Historic Working Horse and Cattle Ranch

We’re a historic working horse and cattle ranch. 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 11 weeks of summer (June 5th — August 19th) 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!

Legendary Hospitality

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.

“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 and Thanksgiving!

Sylvan Dale Ranch woman shooting a rifle


  • Archery/Shooting Sports
  • Cattle Work
  • Childrens Programs (6-8)
  • Childrens Programs (9-12)
  • Dancing
  • Fishing
  • Golf on Premises or Nearby
  • Hiking
  • Pack Trip
  • Rock Climbing
  • River Rafting
  • Team Penning
  • Tennis Courts
  • Winter Riding
  • Yoga


  • Beginner Rides
  • Horsemanship Lessons
  • Advanced/Fast rides
  • Pony Rides
  • Private Lessons
  • Trail Riding Ages 7+

Special Events

  • Adults Only Weeks
  • Family Reunions
  • Girlfriend Getaways
  • Multi-day Cattle Drives
  • Weddings

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.

Sylvan Dale Dining Room

Food Options

  • Gourmet
  • Ranch/Western

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.

Sylvan Dale Ranch lake lodge

  • Cabins
  • Game Room
  • Horse Safety Program
  • Internet/WiFi
  • Dog Friendly
  • Spa Services/Massages
  • Swimming Pool



Check-in: 3:00 pm

Check-out: 10:00 am

Length of Stay:

6 nights (June - August)

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 $100 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.

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Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch

Loveland, Colorado

Nearest Regional Airport

Denver International Airport, 67 miles