Birding and Nature Birding and Nature

Sylvan Dale has 3200 acres of wildlife habitat, interspersed with Roosevelt National forest.

We have cooperated with the Colorado Division of Wildlife to manage wildlife and restore bighorn sheep, wild turkeys and other native species to the area.

The valley where the main ranch grounds are located is in a transition zone that includes riparian river corridor, mountain mahogany foothills and ponderosa pine forest, and prairie wetlands.

Birders find the ranch ideal for many resident and migratory species. Summer Dude Ranch Vacation guests enjoy a nature walk and a birding experience as part of their package.

Sylvan Dale is also a central location for exploring nearby birding "hotspots": Pawnee National Grasslands and Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Jessup family practices low-impact rapid rotation grazing to protect rangeland, and has placed much of the ranch land under conservation easement so it will never be developed.

Hiking Hiking

Our hiking trails range from easy, level paths through the pastures to rugged trails over rimrock and into the surrounding ponderosa pine-covered mountains.

The Ranch valley is located in a major geologic transition zone, between the red sandstone hogbacks on the east — the remains of an ancient desert — and the uplifted granite formations of the Rocky Mountains to the west. On our trails you can find Fountain, Ingleside, Satanka and Lyons formations.

Check with the office for a hiking trails map, and several naturalist pamphlets.

  • Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
    2939 N County RD 31D
    Loveland CO 80538
    (970) 667-3915
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