As repeat guests to Sylvan Dale Ranch this review is to inform families or anyone thinking of going that there is no place like SDR . The valley is beautiful & the ranch is first class in every way . The food is excellent & there is a great variety freshly prepared meals. The other very key characteristic @ SDR is the quality of the horses . They breed & train on site . The horses are very carefully trained & selected & matched to each guest skills & size . The horses are never over worked . Actually the staff is almost obsessive about keeping the horses fresh & happy .
What makes a ranch vacation is the staff & Susan the owner is extremely focused on quality of guest experience & comfort of each guest . This is a wonderful place for children & they are welcomed with open arms & many activities throughout the day . I am not a rider except for the breakfast ride 1 time per week . Up in the hills for a fresh cooked cowboy breakfast with all the guests who want to come .
In conclusion , not cheap but worth every penny , this will be our 4th summer & we are going on ranch week where the kids get to interact with the livestock & do chores . My daughter talks all year about the home made ice cream we hand crank at the soft ball game .
I am a veteran traveler with 4 million + actual FF miles in 30 + years of business travel & this week at SDR is always the best experience of the year for us . Gerry
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch Hotel Loveland
- Sylvan Dale Hotel