Ranch & History

Every day is Earth Day at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch.

In our daily activities we try to keep in mind that this is the first day of the rest of the life of the planet.

This happens in little ways and larger ones. On the personal scale, Team leads and their staffs are sensitive to the “Four R’s”—Refuse-Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. This comes naturally at Sylvan Dale. The modern guest ranch operation was founded in 1946 by Maurice and Mayme "Tillie" Jessup, both “children of the Great Depression.” Re-use was simply a matter of survival and recycling earned a few extra pennies.

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You may be interested in a community-wide effort to clean up Loveland area waterways!  COME ON OUT SATURDAY AND BE PART OF A SPECIAL PROJECT!  Sylvan Dale Ranch is once again joining the Big Thompson Watershed Forum’s 2011 Annual Spring Waterway Clean-up this Saturday, April 16th from 9:00am to Noon.  The City of Loveland is hosting other groups in other areas – but if you’d like to help on the Big Thompson River near the ranch, call 970-667-3915 and we’ll give you the meet-up info.  Here is a shot of ranch friends and neighbors, Connor and John, smiling with their efforts last year on a beautiful stretch of river.  More than 250 volunteers of all ages gathered up 10 tons of trash last year!  Let’s beat our own record!

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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.

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

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You’re likely familiar with the Loveland Valentine re-mailing program for which Loveland, Colorado is famous:

Loveland is perhaps best known nationwide as the home of the “Valentine Re-Mailing Program”. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Valentines are packaged inside larger envelopes and sent to Loveland, where volunteers hand-stamp them with a Valentine’s verse and send them on to the intended recipients. Each year a contest is held by the Chamber of Commerce and promoted through through the local newspaper, the Reporter Herald, for residents to submit their designs and verses. — With Love From Loveland

You may not be aware however that Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch has been treating valentines to our legendary hospitality just as long as the city of Loveland has been operating it’s legendary letter re-mailing program, (1946-2011).

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Photojournalist Morgan Jones recently paid a visit to Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and captured quite a few amazing shots. Some of his photos have been compiled into this beautiful still motion video, capturing the excitement of a Sylvan Dale horseback riding experience!. Thanks Morgan!


Capturing amazing images that occur in everyday life.

View more of Morgan’s work at his blog site, Morgan’s Photo Journal.
Contact Morgan: mjdenver (@) live.com (303) 854-7685

Ecological research will be ongoing at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch over the next few months to years.  

Dr. McCain and a variety of students will be doing ecological research on vegetation, climate, and small mammals in Sulzer Gulch and Cedar Park (especially on Palisade Mountain). They will be setting livetraps and a variety of other equipment, as well as temporary flags to identify transects and other study sites.  

Dr. Christy McCain is a biologist at CU-Boulder (a professor in the Museum of Natural History and the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology). Results from this work will help inform SDR’s land management activities.

While you’re at Sylvan Dale you may see Christy or her students at work now and then. Their vehicles may be parked near the Cedar Park Cabin or above Echo Lake near Sulzer Gulch. Their vehicles will be identified with placards.

Being a part of the Big Thompson River clean-up on Saturday April 17th was a surprisingly emotional experience. The people at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch called and asked if I wanted to be one of their volunteers for the day. As a fly fisherman I am someone who benefits from clean clear water and as a conservationist at heart I was only too happy to be included.

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At 5200 feet, March heralds the return of Spring to the Sylvan Dale Valley.

Heading down the hill to the office I was greeted by the chatter of house finches already scoping out their nests. The frozen waterfall at the bend of the river has all but melted, and the clean white snow that has covered the ground for most of the winter is giving way to patches of mud.

I can actually smell the earth awakening!

Frozen Waterfall

Frozen Waterfall

The mama cows have returned from their winter grazing in the Big Valley and their calves – 34 to date – are finding their legs and their mother’s milk.

I overheard Margie’s baby talking to a newcomer about how you will be returning this summer to help them find their way to Cedar Park where they will graze the mountain pastures.

Things will be hopping for us in the next three months as we prepare for your return.

Can’t wait!

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Hubbard and Leone Tomlinson

Some of you may remember "The Duke" and "The Madam," Tillie’s parents from Arkansas who lived in the house across the River until their passing in the 1970′s.

Truck farmers by trade, they provided the ranch with fresh vegetables from a large vegetable garden that extended from the back of the cabins to the river.

This year some of the Ranch Crew is initiating a small vegetable garden that will provide some produce for guest meals. It has been named The Tomlinson Patch in memory of these two special people.

Five raised beds will be in place on the Hilltop tended by committed staff who desire to grow natural pesticide-free produce, yet another step down the road to sustainable green practices.

Nancy, graduate of CSU in horticulture, head gardener and certified yoga instructor, has a wealth of knowledge and will be conducting mini courses in the art of gardening the natural way.

We welcome your participation at your next visit!

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“The Tomlinson Patch”