Miscellaneous

The Wagon Wheel Bunkhouse, flood 2013

The Wagon Wheel Bunkhouse

Dear Friends of Sylvan Dale,

Shock and awe. Twice in two days.

First came the massive torrent that ripped through our beloved Sylvan Dale Ranch during the pre-dawn hours of Friday, September 13. Linda and I, and Susan and her Dave, couldn’t believe our eyes. How could another “500-year storm” happen only 37 years after the one that menaced our parents, Maurice and Mayme Jessup? This time, unbelievably, the destruction was even greater than the famous flood of 1976. You can view the damage on the video below. Read more on A Flood of Water; A Flood of Support…

What A Race It Was!

2013 USA Pro Challenge Stage 6 Recap


August 24, 2013 will be a busy and exciting day at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch as sixteen world-class professional cycling teams sprint by on the second to the last leg of the 2013 USA Pro Challenge — twice.   We’re Cranked!

USA Pro Challenge Sizzle Video

Staff and guests will get the opportunity to catch all the action of this once in a lifetime event as it passes by twice; the action will come from both directions as the peloton races by on the trek to Estes Park in the early afternoon, and again en route to Old Town Fort Collins, via County Road 27 and Masonville, for the Stage 6 finish.

2013 USA Pro Challenge, Stage 6: Loveland to Fort Collins

…contenders for the Leader Jersey will have only this stage left to make a move or lose it all. The outskirts of Loveland will see the racers off as they spend some early miles on the flat windswept plains passing through Windsor and back to Loveland. Then it’s up Big Thompson Canyon where things will heat up. Split north onto Devils Gulch, the race’s last King of the Mountains competition, before hitting Estes Park and back down Big Thompson. …(USAProCyclingChallenge.com)

Just two weeks to go!

We wish all the riders a safe and successful event, and a good time for all the fans and spectators. Visit the links below to learn more about the race (and the road closures).

Sylvan Dale "Bike" Ranch

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It’s gymkhana time at Sylvan Dale! For those of you who do not know what a gymkhana is, it is an event in which riders play games on horseback. Each week our guests participate in a gymkhana, and winners receive prizes!

The kids played against each other on the horse they were assigned to for the week. They played games such as pole bending, barrel racing, the boot scramble, the cow pie toss, and an egg and spoon race! Adults competed against each other as well and played similar games with added difficulty.

Where does “gymkhana” come from?

Gymkhana is a term that originated from Read more on Gymkhana Time!…

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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…

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award[

TripAdvisor 2013
Certificate of Excellence Award

While we’re normally satisfied with a few kind words or a hearty warm hug from our guests, it’s always nice when the travel industry experts recognize us as well, especially when it’s a heavyweight like TripAdvisor.com. 

Best of all is the fact that TripAdvisor’s ratings are based on the comments from the good folks we serve, our guests, and if they’re happy, then we’ve done our job well. And frankly, we’re delighted — Thanks!

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Susan Jessup, Partner owner and General Manager at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. “We want to express our appreciation to the fine folks who have communicated their Sylvan Dale experience on TripAdvisor. Our team is passionate about sharing the beauty of our ranch with others and this certificate of excellence will help us continue doing what we love.

Check out the Press Release for full details…feel free to share with your friends and family too.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months. — TripAdvisor.com

customer-experience

source: printwand.com

So, why do I say “the customer is always wrong?” Sure, it’s provocative and grabs attention, but here’s the deal, more often than not, it is true! Why? Because you and I always have expectations.

Whether vague or deeply imagined, you anticipate what to expect when you get here.  And depending on whether you came for an adventurous dude ranch vacation or a relaxing bed and breakfast getaway, or for a destination wedding, or for our trophy fishing experience, company retreat, or horseback-riding adventure, your anticipation of each activity is bound to conjure up some images.

Read more on The Customer is Always Wrong…

Being There

How often are we only partially present, not completely aware of all that is happening around us? More importantly, how often do we fail to connect with the people right next to us, to give the gift of investing ourselves in active, conscientious participation?

A powerful reminder about the importance of “being there.”

It is so easy to be distracted, to allow our focus to really become no focus at all. What we miss is the moment, and it will never return. ‘Now’ is the only time we own, so let’s be sure to show up. To truly connect with others we need to be ‘there.’

To do this you and I must be fully present, and it can be hard to do when we live our lives in environments that are conducive to distraction.

Sometimes we just need to get away from the familiar so we can notice what has been right in front of us all along.

There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can… give all our attention to the opportunity before us. — Mark van Doren

There is No Substitute

Discover an environment especially crafted for being there, and creating memorable moments; give a Dude Ranch Vacation a try.

We’ll see you there!

Firefighters have been taking the heat for a while now and they were rewarded Sunday by achieving full-containment of the High Park fire. We say a big “CONGRATULATIONS!” and express deep gratitude to all fire workers involved. And we know there’s still work to be done.

Sylvan Dale Loves Firefighters!

Sylvan Dale Loves Firefighters! ⇱

The High Park Fire is 100% contained at 87,284 acres. A Type 3 management team, led by Ken Paul, assumed responsibility for the fire yesterday. That team is based at CSU’s Pingree Park campus.

It should be noted that “containment” means that a containment line exists around the fire, which fire managers believe will hold the fire within the perimeter. “Control” means that the fire is actually out which, on a fire of this magnitude, typically requires an act of nature such as prolonged rain or snowfall.

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high-park-fire-update.gifLarimer Country GIS Landscape & Imagery Explorer


July 2, 2012 @ 11:10a

The High Park Fire is 100% contained at 87,284 acres. … Hot spots will continue to exist within the perimeter during the containment phase and residents should expect to see smoke for days and weeks as the fire moves from containment to control.


June 29, 2012 @ 11:38a

The High Park Fire is estimated at 87,284 acres, meaning the fire has not grown since June 27th. Containment is now estimated at 85 percent. The estimated containment date has been moved up from July 15th to July 1st. (source: Larimer County Emergency Information)


June 26, 2012 @ 8:22p

The High Park Fire is estimated at 87,284 acres with 65 percent containment. The current cost of the fire to date is estimated at 33.1 million dollars. There are 1,805 fire personnel assigned to the firefighting effort. Equipment resources include: 10 Type 1 hand crews, 18 Type 2 hand crews, 156 engines, 11 dozers and 24 water tenders. Air Resources include; 7 Type I (heavy) helicopters, 3 Type II (medium) helicopters, 6 Type III (light) helicopters, 1 Type II helicopter with a radiometric imaging system attached, fixed wing support aircraft, and available heavy air tankers. … The total of homes destroyed to date remains at 257. (source: Larimer County Emergency Information)


June 21, 2012 @ 10:00a

The High Park Fire is estimated at 68,200 acres with 55% containment. The current cost of the fire to date is estimated at $19.6 million dollars. There are 1,978 fire personnel, 18 helicopters and 135 engines fighting the fire at this time with a 24-hour work schedule in place. Larimer County Emergency Information


June 20, 2012 @ 10:30a

The High Park Fire is estimated at 65,738 acres with 55% containment. The current cost of the fire to date is estimated at $17.2 million dollars.


June 18, 2012 @ 9:00p

The High Park Fire is estimated at 58,770 acres with 50% containment.

http://www.larimer.org/emergency/emergency_detail.cfm?nam_id=85


June 17, 2012 @ 7:30a

The High Park Fire is located approximately 15 miles west of Fort Collins and has burned 55,050 acres to date and is estimated 45 percent contained.

http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/


June 16, 2012 @ 10:59a

Statistics about High Park Fire

  • 54,232 acres (84.7 square miles)
  • 20 % contained
  • 1,553 staff
  • 103 engines working in the fire area & 112 assigned to High Park Fire
  • 16 helicopters
  • $9.1 million is current cost of fighting the fire
  • Citizen briefing scheduled for 3 p.m. at The Ranch

http://www.coemergency.com/2012/06/high-park-fire-map-june-16-highparkfire.html


June 14, 2012 @ 5:05p
High Park Fire Perimeter Map. (The map will take a moment to load.)

June 14, 2012 @ 11:27
The High Park Fire is still at around 10+% containment as of this morning. The skies are clear this morning at the ranch. View thew latest fire update: coemergency.com/2012/06/high-park-fire-update-june-14-at-1027.html

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You can view the most current map of the High Park Fire here.


June 12, 2012 @ 16:07
Thank you to all who have called to check on us regarding the High Park Fire west of Fort Collins. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been touched by this tragedy.

Fortunately for the ranch the fire is not near and there is currently no cause for alarm. There was some haze from the smoke this morning but it has cleared significantly.

high-park-fire

The Heart-J logo above indicates Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch’s approximate location.

A summary of the status of the fire can be found here. For updated fire conditions visit www.inciweb.org/incident/2904/.

We’ll let you know via our website and on Facebook about any developments that might affect the ranch.

Hard to believe but Spring is well under way and Summer is anxiously nipping at Spring’s heels

The weather has been absolutely marvelous! Recent temperatures have been mostly in the 70s. We hit the 80s too! Current weather: a perfect 75 degrees in the dale!

We’re looking forward to the upcoming 2012 dude vacation season and the opportunity it will afford to reacquaint with old friends and develop new friends too.

If you haven’t made your vacation plans for summer, there’s still time and several Dude vacation weeks available.

Happy May Day, We hope to see you soon!

Lock-in your 2013 Dude Ranch Vacation at 2012′s Dude Ranch Vacation Rate!

The 2013 Dude Vacation Season is Official…can you believe it will be our 67th year!

Back to the Future

Image Source: www.hulu.com/back-to-the-future

Remember the movie Back to the Future? Well we want to take you “Forward to the Past” by helping you to secure next year’s Dude Ranch Vacation at this year’s vacation investment.

There’s 10 weeks of summer Dude Ranch fun to choose from, from June 16th to August 18th, 2013.

At Sylvan Dale our specialty is taking you “back in time,” so to speak, and this little time trick will save you money!

As always, we’ll be providing the same quality, western fun and adventure that you’ve grown to love, plus something new … for more details on the Dude Ranch Vacation experience, check-out the Dude Ranch Vacations section of our website.

Just $100 will hold your reservation, so lock in your 2013 Dude Ranch vacation before August 15th, 2012 and take advantage of 2012 rates!

Call Karen at (970) 667-3915 or email Karen at karenb@sylvandale.com

30% deposit is due by December 1, 2012. Not combinable with any other offer.

Wow! It has been TOO LONG since we shared what’s happening at the Ranch with you — so sorry. But, we’ve been very busy with other things and we hope you’ll pardon our absence. Here’s a taste of what’s been stealing all of our time:

It’s been nearly a full month… February 1st marked the exciting date of the launch of our completely redesigned website at www.SylvanDale.com. What a major project it turned out to be, and it’s really just the beginning! Hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to look around, explore, and check it out.

We’ve made quite a few changes and enhancements to the new website since its launch and there’s still a lot of work to do as we button and polish things up, but we’re pretty pleased with how it’s going so far.

We’d love to hear from you; What do you think about it? What do you like? What don’t you like? How we can make it better? Send us an email and we promise to take your suggestions to Heart(-J)! :)

sylvandale.com

Also, 2012 brought us a priceless present — truly a gift to leap at — a "bonus" day! Yep, 2012 is a leap year, so we get 366 days of Dude Ranch goodness to enjoy.

Read more on New Website, New Facebook…

UPDATE:
Tuesday, July 12 2011, 11P Our Facebook Page has been restored! :D

Saving Face-book, broken

A couple days ago our Facebook page disappeared. We have an idea about what happened but are waiting for the results of the investigation.

A search for “deleted facebook page” reveals that Facebook is extremely slow to respond to users, even in cases like this, so all we can do is wait.

Saving Face-book

We’re working diligently to restore our page and hope to get it back online but there is no guarantee at this point. If you have any information that may help us recover our page, please contact us at (970) 667-3915. We regret any inconvenience this may cause to the wonderful friends of Sylvan Dale.

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
www.SylvanDale.com
(970) 667-3915

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BRAVO! Sylvan Dale is thrilled to learn that the former HP/Agilent campus in Loveland has been chosen as the location for the new Colorado-based Aerospace and Clean Energy Manufacturing and Innovation Park.

HP/Agilent Technologies Inc. campus in Loveland, CO
HP/Agilent Technologies Inc. campus in Loveland, CO. Photo credit:
Google Maps

We applaud all those who worked so hard to bring this exciting project, called “the biggest economic development initiative in Colorado in at least a quarter century” (Tom Clark, Metro Denver EDC) to our home town!

Read more on Yay ACE! (Aerospace Clean Energy)…

OH SNAP! Dreams do come true

Sylvan Dale finally gets a real dose of snow today and it looks as though the white stuff will stay around for a while with colder temperatures expected.

The ranch takes on an especially romantic atmosphere when the white snow blankets the turf, tracing the tree branches with a silvery sheen.

Although it was still overcast, we captured a couple shots of the property this morning and will try to get out to grab some more as the day progresses.

Hopefully the late day will provide better lighting of the gorgeous landscape. Check back later today to see them!

Snow Falls at SDR, New Year's Eve Eve 2010

Read more on I’m Dreaming of a White December 30th!…