June 2013 Archives

Group Event in the Heritage Lodge

Group Event in the Heritage Lodge

A recent study commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association and conducted by Oxford Economics, explored the return on investment for business travel. The study looked at companies that cut back on business travel during the recession versus those that didn’t.

The findings, which might seem counter-intuitive, were that "businesses that continued to send employees on the road during the recession were more profitable than those that cut back on business travel.”

There is also evidence for similar growth for business meetings and group events. Although initially projected at only 5.2%, “group spending is expected to increase 6% this year to $115.9 billion.” (usatoday.com)

Read more on Business Meetings or Bust…

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Road Crossing at Cedar Park ⇱

The ecology of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is remarkably diverse. Its 3200 acres are ideally situated to include a huge sample of Colorado’s native wildlife. For example, over 60% of the mammalian species of Colorado occur on the Ranch. In fact, Sylvan Dale has more species of native mammals than does the entire state of Iowa.

Maybe the rabbits tell it best. In the grazing lands and hayfields of the Big Valley, a mile east of the Main Ranch, the Big Thompson becomes a lazy, prairie stream and the well-developed riparian vegetation shelters eastern cottontails. The native and tame pastures on the Main Ranch support desert cottontails. The west end of the Ranch, on Palisade Mountain, is habitat for mountain cottontails. Our three species of cottontails demonstrate that Sylvan Dale is a microcosm, a "cross-roads" for species that, combined, range nearly from coast-to-coast—from Washington DC to Washington State, and from Alberta to Costa Rica.

Read more on Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch—Remarkable Ecological Diversity…

Dillon

June Horse of the Month — Dillon

Dillon came to Sylvan Dale from Lazy U 2 Ranch in 2002. He’s a sorrel gelding with a distinctive roman nose, a large star that blends into a stripe, and a left hind sock. He also has an old scar on his left hip and a lazy U2 brand on his left shoulder.

Dillon is one of Lonnie’s favorite horses! You might see him jingling the horses down to the barn, leading rides, or being the pack horse for a breakfast ride. Being that he proves to be such a solid mount, he is suitable for any rider. As he gets older, he will be used mainly by children and light riders for shorter length rides only.

In the herd, you will often find Dillon hanging out alone. He does tend to be at the low end of the pecking order. While mounted, he does not like horses behind him for fear that they might bite at him! To respect Dillon’s wishes, we place him towards the back of a ride. Unless of course he’s being the wranglers’ horse in which case he feels so special that he can be quite the gentleman. ;)

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Sylvan Dale Ranch Livery Stable

On the Rail at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch ⇱


Choosing a quality riding stable

Heads up! If you are looking for a quality horseback riding adventure near Fort Collins or Loveland, you may find the experience is not that easy to find.

A few weeks ago we received a call from our good friend Jeff Anderson at Tip Top Ranch in Bellvue letting us know that they have closed their riding operation and guest facilities. Now, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch remains the sole riding stable in the area. In this article you will learn how to choose a quality riding stable.

When choosing a riding facility here are some things to look for:

Read more on How to Choose a Quality Riding Stable…

We are honored to have one of Colorado’s top-tier guides, Chris Eussen (of CE Flyfishing & Kirk’s Fly Shop) enjoying our private fly fishing waters with his special clients.

Check out his website link above if you want an adventure with a real pro who shares his life-long love of the great outdoors in a special way!

Way to go Mark! An acrobatic rainbow trophy trout!

Way to go Mark! An acrobatic rainbow trophy trout!

“Arrived on Mother Lake 8am on both Friday 6/7 and Monday 6/10. Lake is full, springs are running, water temps are getting warmer… big fish are still being caught! Both days fished identical. Both leading to trophies! 1st day with 3 anglers (Fred, Jared, and Jake) found fish hungry and active.

On Monday 3 anglers (Fred, Bruce, and Mark) also had a good day with plenty of action.

Fish were taken on Chironomids, Callibeates, and Damsel Nymphs. Read more on Fly Fishing Report ~ Summer Time Hog Hunting!…

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