• Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins
  • Trail Riding Adventure — Horseback Riding, Loveland / Fort Collins

Riding Adventures for All Levels of Experience Riding Adventures for All Levels of Experience

Whether you’re an experienced rider or have never put your foot in a stirrup, you will find a riding experience at Sylvan Dale that fits you perfectly.

Wide Open Spaces Wide Open Spaces

Explore the old wagon trails on Alexander Mountain. Climb the rocky slopes of Eagle Ridge. Lope across the meadows on Green Ridge or catch the breathtaking view from the Rim Ride. Ride up Sulzer Gulch shaded with cottonwood.

From shorter rides through gentle terrain to extended climbing rides with ridge-top views our 3200 acres offer a "don't fence me in" riding experience for all ages and abilities.

If you're an experienced rider and would like to do some jogging and loping on the trails we offer a riding assessment. For your safety, all rides are guided by a qualified wrangler and geared to the least experienced rider.

Our horses are known for their quality and responsiveness.

Unlike most recreational riding facilities, the majority of our horses are born, raised, and trained on-Ranch. We have registered horses with the American Quarter Horse Association every year for over 50 years. Every spring we welcome four to six new foals into the herd. They learn the ropes under the gentle hand of our professional horse trainer Barry McAleenan who's never met a Sylvan Dale horse he didn't like!

You're sure to find a responsive mount awaiting you at the tie rail. We're very proud of our Heart-J Herd and we expect that you'll appreciate their beauty and kind dispositions.

Our Program. Each time you mount up, you become a partner with your horse. Your mount is counting on you to communicate with the cues he understands. He can only respond if you "speak his language." Therefore we ask every guest to learn a little horse psychology whether you saddle up for a one-time ride, or stay with us for the entire week. Riding instruction may be just a brief orientation, or it can be more extensive depending on your length of stay.

Our wranglers are friendly horse professionals who delight in sharing their knowledge with you. They will provide what you need for a safe and enjoyable riding experience and their knowledge of the history, wildlife and vegetation will expand your appreciation and enhance your ride.

Team Penning

Horse Activities for all Occasions: Horse Activities for all Occasions:

When you come for your business retreat let our horses build your team. We offer facilitated team development activities centered around horse interaction.

To start the day off right, schedule a breakfast on the trail, or end the day with a steak ride on Eagle Ridge. If an afternoon break is what you're looking for, saddle up for a scenic trail ride.

If you're planning a group event consider including a scenic trail ride for your guests. A "lead-around" ride is a big hit for the little buckaroos (ages 6 and under). Our horse-drawn interpretive wagon ride is a fun and educational activity for all ages. Ask about our birthday party options.

When you register for your summer Dude Ranch Vacation, sign up as a Heart-J Rider. You can look forward to daily riding instruction to help build your riding skills so you can enjoy more challenging and longer rides, with jogging and loping on the trail. Rise and shine for the early morning breakfast ride and saddle up for cattle drives and an overnight pack trip to Cow Camp. Then put your skills to the test at the Friday afternoon Gymkhana — it's all part of the package!

Your youngsters (ages 6–12) will benefit from daily horsemanship classes and trail rides. And, because we're committed to family time, we offer trail rides for the whole family each afternoon.

If you're into the "city slicker" experience, make plans for one of our cattle weeks! We will be branding, vaccinating and moving the herd to their summer range in the National Forest.

Stopping in for a Bed & Breakfast get-away? You can check ride availability at the Front Desk when you arrive, or call ahead to reserve your space.

If you live in the area, you have the benefit of a wide variety of riding adventures year 'round. Scenic trailrides, overnight pack trips, breakfast rides, dinner rides, evening rides, lead-around rides and western horsemanship instruction. If you've ever dreamed about rounding up cattle and you are an advanced rider, check out our Adventure Rider Program. Upon passing the riding assessment you will be eligible for seasonal cattle work and special horsemanship clinics.

Reasonable pricing for a whole lot of fun! Reasonable pricing for a whole lot of fun!

Scenic Trail Rides

  • 1 hour — $35/rider
  • 1½ hour — $45/rider
  • 2 hour — $55/rider
  • 3 hour — $64/rider

Note: Longer rides can be scheduled by request. A "saddle bag" lunch ($12.00) can be provided for rides 2 hours and longer.

Western Riding Instruction

for all ages 6 to adult
  • 8 lesson package — $285/student (minimum 3 students)
  • 4 lesson package — $155/student (minimum 3 students)
  • Private lessons — $45/hour

Specialty Rides

6 person minimum
  • 2 hour Breakfast Ride — $64/rider
    Head out in the early morning and enjoy a hearty cowboy breakfast on the trail.
  • 2 hour Steak Ride — $72/rider
    Ride into the foothills and enjoy an outdoor steak fry around the campfire.
  • 2 hour Evening Ride with campfire — $54/rider
    A beautiful time to ride, especially if the moon is full!
  • Overnight Pack Trip — $210/rider
    Head up the gulch for a 4-hour ride to Cow Camp, a 1930's homestead in the remote back country. Gear, guide, and grub provided. Depart at 2:00 p.m. return by 11:00 a.m. the next morning. Sorry, no children under 12.
  • Lead-around rides — $8
    A safe and fun first-time-in-the-saddle experience for the little buckaroo.

For your safety: For your safety:

We are certified through the Dude Ranchers' Association Horse Safety Program, and our facility is accredited by the Certified Horseman Association. We also belong to the American Quarter Horse Association as well as the Colorado Dude And Guest Ranch Association. We're in good company … and so are you!

  • All riding adventures must be accompanied by a SDR wrangler.
  • No jogging or loping unless approved by wrangler
  • Trail riders must be at least 7 years old
  • No double riding
  • No cell phones or pagers
  • No smoking
  • Weight limit — 240 lbs.
  • No riding under the influence

Makin' it hassle free! Makin' it hassle free!

  • Call ahead for reservations
  • Wear long pants, boots, and a hat
  • Sign in and pay at the Front Desk
  • Arrive at the horse barn 15 minutes before departure — rides leave on time!
  • Sign an Assumption of Risk form prior to your ride
  • Have a great ride!

More Riding Adventures: More Riding Adventures:

  • Overnight Pack trips
  • Adventure rider Program
  • Western Horsemanship Classes and Clinics
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    Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
    2939 N County RD 31D
    Loveland CO 80538
    (970) 667-3915
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