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2939 N County Road 31D, Loveland, CO 80538-9795
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#1 of 6 Specialty lodging in Loveland
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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. Conveniently located just one hour from Denver in the Colorado foothills near Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Sylvan Dale’s 3200-acre working Dude Ranch and Retreat Center is nestled along the banks of Colorado's beautiful Big Thompson River. Offering activities such as cattle drives, trail rides, horseback riding, trophy trout fly fishing, hiking and nearby hunting, nature experiences, tennis, swimming, and many other activities,true adventure awaits you! Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is perfect for your next vacation adventure! Much more than just an historic working ranch, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch also provides exceptional services for business retreats and private meetings, holiday parties, picnics, reunions, family vacations, bed & breakfast, weddings, and a variety of exciting outdoor adventures. Sylvan Dale's delicious and healthy Heart-J natural grass-fed beef is also available for purchase. Come experience all that is the beauty of Sylvan Dale!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Horseback riding
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Heated pool
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reynms wrote a review Dec 2022
Chicago, Illinois40 contributions11 helpful votes
This is the place I've dreamed of visiting my entire life! One of the best vacations EVER! The staff is amazing and the food was delicious. Sylvan Dale offers guests the opportunity to choose activities and do as much or as little as you prefer. Safety for guest AND horses is a priority at Sylvan Dale. It felt like home but with horses! Everyone knows your name by Day 2. The owners drove up the mountain to cook on open fires for the Overnight Trip and the Breakfast rides. Bring a hammock! I loved reading and napping in it when I wasn't riding. I also ended up sleeping in it on the Overnight Ride. I would have never guessed that I would want to sleep under the stars out in the woods but the weather was perfect for it. I was told that lack of standing water created the mosquito-free environment which was a game changer for me! From what I observed, the Children's Program was very well run and the kids all seemed thrilled to be there. I hope to make this a yearly adventure!
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: It was very dry and dusty the week I visited. Since I have asthma, my bandanas and masks were a...
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Response from Karen Burbank, General Manager at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
Responded Dec 16, 2022
We loved having you with us! Hopefully you can visit us again this year too. :)
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Ttfnuser wrote a review Sep 2021
Marco Island, Florida4 contributions7 helpful votes
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My family has been coming to Sylvan Dale Ranch in Loveland, Colorado for 61 years. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains it is an absolute must visit destination. Whatever your vision, the Sylvan Dale family will make your dreams come true. Whether you love horses, swimming, fishing, archery, hiking, climbing, birding, singing, Campfires, yoga or even a relaxing massage this is where it all happens. Stay in your cabin and listen to the Big Thompson river and view the stars from your front porch rocking chair. Do not miss this heavenly location with all of the best amenities. Tell them the Johnson's sent you!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Responded Sep 27, 2021
Oh and we love when your family comes to visit! See you again so very soon! :)
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Dustin K wrote a review Nov 2022
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We did a trail ride at the end of November, gorgeous sunny but cold day. The ranch leaders were so great! We have several experience types of riders, some experienced and some that had never ridden a horse. The ride was gentle and sweet and just what we were all looking for. I will be coming here again, for sure!
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Response from Karen Burbank, General Manager at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
Responded Dec 4, 2022
Thank you for joining us on the trail! We hope to see you on ranch again soon!
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Jen S wrote a review Nov 2022
Bal Harbour24 contributions17 helpful votes
Our 4th visit to Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, this time with 25! And for so many reasons!! This family run (and everyone is family once ypu arrive) ranch is beyond words spectacular. The scenery, love of the ranch hands, wranglers, the food, accommodations- all amazing. We had all levels of riders, all the food issues for the chef (we ranged feom vegan to meat lovers, gluten and nut allergies), ages ran literally 1 to 82- everyone was busy, full and happy. All we had to was enjoy wvery minute. The BEST family vacation ever!! Come as ypur family, leave as part of the Sylvan Dale family.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Be prepared to try it all!
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Responded Dec 4, 2022
You know we love your family so much, and had an awesome time hosting you this past season. Can't wait until the next time!
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Cathi F wrote a review Nov 2022
Johnstown, Colorado20 contributions5 helpful votes
Went on the 2-hour horseback ride. Had a great wrangler, awesome horses, and beautiful scenery. Sylvan Dale is a long-term historical treasure in this area. Any chance to just be on the property is a relaxing and amazing time.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded Dec 4, 2022
Thank you for joining us on the trail! We hope to see you back in the saddle again soon. :)
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Pam P wrote a review Nov 2022
Boulder, United States5 contributions
Our group was two grandparents with three grandchildren ages 12, 10, and 6. Everyone of us was made to immediately feel at home by Susan, the owner, and her wonderful staff. The kids loved the fact that they got to spend the morning with Lori, the head wrangler, and some of the other wranglers in kids' riding camp. tThey definitely shed some tears when they had to say goodbye to the horses they had been paired with at the end of the week. My husband and I were perfectly matched with our horses. I would suggest that anyone wanting to participate in the riding program spend some time and effort in filling out the questionaire that the ranch sends about your riding experience, because the people who pair you with your horse obviously pay close attention to what you write and do a fantastic job! We were all so pleased that we got to go on beautiful long rides, including a breakfast ride to the top of a ridge, as well as to try our hands at cattle sorting and some rodeo skills. At the end of the week, all the kids and any adults who signed up participated in a gymkana, which was an absolute blast, both to watch nd to participate in. In addition to riding, we, including the kids, could sign up the day before for a long list of activities, including fishing, skeet shooting, art, massages--too many to list. Or we could take it easy and go swimming in the heated pool, or read, or go for a hike. Every night there was an after dinner activitiy --softball, square dancing, campfire singing. Susan has a gift for getting people past any hesitations they might have to joining in. The food was wonderful and plentiful. Some of our personal favorites were breakfast pancakes, a turkey dinner with killer mashed potatoes, the strawberry shortcake on square dancing night, and the fresh churned icecream after softball.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded Dec 4, 2022
Oh we had so much fun with your family! We can't wait to see you all again next year!
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Michelle R wrote a review Nov 2022
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I grew up with horses and always had at least one. I had always wanted to go to a Dude Ranch for the experience. My husband who has only ridden a few times and I as an experienced rider enjoyed riding together on the different trails. They matched you up to a horse, based on your riding experience. Everyone that works on the ranch were great. The food was delicious. There is something there for everyone, riding, fishing, shooting, and more. We went during “Grown up Getaway” week in August. There were about 26 of us from all over the country, with all different riding levels. It was nice to meet and get to know them all. I knew the day that we check out to head home, that we were going back next year, and I have already book it. We cannot wait and this time our daughter will be joining us.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Dec 4, 2022
We loved having you with us, and look forward to having you return with your daughter next year! :)
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KevinSMU08 wrote a review Nov 2022
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Sylvan Dale is a truly special place for families and for couples. I came here as a kid, and it was an unforgettable experience coming back here with our own kids. The team is exceptional, and they accommodate for riders of all skill levels. It really says a lot that so many of the guests each time are repeat guests and families! That tells you all you need to know. The food and the accommodations are very good - it's not a luxury resort, but it isn't meant to be! Sylvan Dale is one of those places that's hard to describe but impossible to forget. I cannot recommend highly enough making this a place for your family vacations.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Dec 4, 2022
Thank you so much for your review! We love having your family visit us, and can't wait to see you all again soon.
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lazyrranch wrote a review Nov 2022
Dixon, Illinois44 contributions13 helpful votes
What a lovely place to spend some time fulfilling childhood dreams! The people are wonderful, the scenery is beautiful, and the horses couldn't be better! I traveled alone and met some awesome women my week at the ranch during Cowgirl Week. Lots of fun activities to partake, and as much down time as you wish. The riding was great and as challenging as you want. The trip up into the mountains for the overnight camp out was so much fun, and made for great memories! The food was excellent and abundant. A great place I hope to return to someday!!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Karen Burbank, General Manager at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
Responded Dec 4, 2022
Thank you so much for joining us this year! We look forward to the possibility of your return. :)
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Nancy C wrote a review Nov 2022
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Sylvan Dale was a great place for my first dude ranch experience. The cottages are nice and have comfortable beds, the food was amazing; and each ranch hand was nicer than the next. You get a real sense of family at this place. One night a few of us hung out in the main lodge to watch a movie and Susan Jessup made us popcorn! The night we did line dancing was lots of fun and our instructor was the best! All their horses are beautiful and well cared for. There were many options for riding each day. I was a little disappointed that the rides were not separated by riding ability, but it was still lots of fun doing the breakfast ride and the overnight ride to the camp. I made some new friends and my daughter and I got to spend some quality time together. Thanks Sylvan Dale!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Responded Nov 4, 2022
We had such a lovely time with all of you ladies! Thank you for your review! We hope to see you back in the saddle again soon!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
Which popular attractions are close to Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch?
Nearby attractions include Devil's Backbone Nature Trail (3.3 miles), Colorado Cherry Company (1.4 miles), and Bobcat Ridge Natural Area (4.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch?
Conveniently located restaurants include Jamoka Joe's, Fireside Cafe, and Windjammer Roadhouse and Grill.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Mariano Medina's Grave (5.4 miles) and Walk Historic Loveland (7.6 miles).
Is Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.