Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Colorado
Featured in the Equitrekking Vacation Guide
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is a family-owned horse and cattle ranch specializing in all-inclusive Dude Ranch vacations, including riding adventures, overnight pack trips and trophy trout fly-fishing on 3,200 acres in the Rocky Mountain foothills– great for families, reunions, weddings and business retreats.
West of Loveland, Colorado
1 hour north of Denver and 15 miles east of Rocky Mountain National Park
Denver International Airport
Riding Style & Ability
Beginner to Advanced- All Abilities Welcome
Corporate Groups, Retreats, Weddings, Meetings Welcome
Wheelchair Accessible: Most of Sylvan Dale Ranch’s accommodations have limited accessibility.
Dude Ranch season operates from mid June through late August. Sylvan Dale is open year round for weddings, retreats and B&B stays.
Rates/ Payment Methods
Cash, Personal or Traveler Check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express Accepted
Why Equitrekking’s Top 20?
This historic Colorado dude ranch stands out from the crowd with its ranch raised Quarter horses–– responsive for horseback riding adventures for beginners or more experienced riders. Its location in the Rocky Mountain foothills allows adventure seeking families and groups of all sizes to enjoy à la carte activities: horseback riding, guided fly-fishing, trap shooting, yoga, massage and more.
From the Horse’s Mouth
Want to play cowboy or enjoy nature? At Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, travelers take adventure horseback rides, overnight pack trips, participate in cattle drives, drive “Kid” the draft horse, help with ranch chores, tour Rocky Mountain National Park or go trap shooting, fishing, rock climbing, white water rafting, play tennis, and more– all in one convenient location, making it a great option for groups and family reunions.
All-inclusive ranch vacation packages include hearty, home-style, plentiful meals, some of which feature Sylvan Dale’s Heart-J grass-finished beef! Feast on diverse options, like ranch-style fried chicken, pancake breakfasts, or a Mexican Buffet. Meals are served in the Antique Dining Room and outside at the Heart-J Grill or on the River Porch. This guest ranch is happy to accommodate special diets.
This Colorado dude ranch has a comprehensive kids program for Buckaroos ages 3 to 12 and a teens program with a full range of activities, including horsemanship instruction and horse care, games on horseback, archery, fishing, rock climbing, hiking, campouts, “Gymkhana” and other fun, age-apropriate activities.
Sylvan Dale is nestled along the Big Thompson River, where the mountains rise from the plains. The view encompasses over 1.5 billion years of Earth’s history, which translates into a wide variety of landscapes, wildlife, and geology at every bend in the trail.
This Colorado dude ranch’s setting is pretty and serene. Guests may awake to the sounds of the Big Thompson River running outside their window in the morning and end the day with a Colorado sunset, as the sun spectacularly hits the red rocks as it sets at night.