Calling all cowgirls! The family owned and operated Sylvan Dale Ranch in Loveland, Colorado is the perfect landing spot for your next mountain adventure. Spend each day as you please, whether horseback riding, tacking and grooming your horse, or hiking on ranch property. This trip caters to riders of all abilities; the experienced wranglers at Sylvan Dale will match you with the perfect horse to fit your needs and goals. Ranch amenities include a heated outdoor pool, tennis, pickleball, shuffleboard, volleyball, horseshoes, and line dancing. This is the 'big kid' summer camp you've been waiting for! Maximum group size: 20.
|August 25 to August 30, 2024|
|$4195.00 - Available|
Not included: Travel to and from Denver International Airport from your place of origin, alcoholic beverages (can be purchased at the ranch), AGC guide gratuities, horseback riding helmets (you're welcome to bring your own approved helmet) and travel insurance
Maximum horseback rider weight: 240 pounds. We have rated this trip as 1, 2, or 3 because of the wide variety of options available every day. You might choose half-day horseback rides with afternoons spent reading a book by the river or getting a massage from the onsite massage therapist. You might ride a full day and then hike the entire next day. If you choose to do the overnight pack trip the trip is a 3 and you should be getting in some longer rides before your visit. The level of activity is up to you. For trips that are rated 2, participants should be walking regularly at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes prior to trip beginning. Rating: 1  3 4 5.
While horseback riding is one of the main attractions of the trip, you are welcome to ride as much or as little as you want. You will be matched with a horse at the beginning of the week that is appropriate for your level of experience and different levels of riding will be offered. If ever you need a break from the saddle, miles of trails meander through the ranch, perfect for hiking and nature watching as well. On this trip you will have the opportunity to swim in the outdoor heated pool, try your hand at horseshoes and other fun camp games like pickleball and shuffleboard.
Lodging at the ranch consists of charming western cabins and historic guest houses, with a mix of private and shared bedrooms and bathrooms. You can see photos and details described here. There are two tiers of single supplements available. 8 spots in side by side cabins for $495 each. Side by side cabins consist of two distinct dwellings, each with a queen bed, full bath with clawfoot tub, and a cozy front sitting room. Side by side cabins share a porch. (Cowgirls coming together can request their porch-mates) 3 spots in fireside cabins for $695 each. Fireside cabins each consist of a large bedroom with a queen size bed and full bathroom and a spacious front sitting room with a fireplace, foldout sofa and private porch.
5 standard spots in the guest houses which offer private rooms, each with a queen bed, and a shared bathroom (3 - 4 people to a bathroom).
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
The support and camaraderie of the group made it extraordinary.
All the people involved
Enjoyed the natural beauty of the area and the wonderful ranch where we stayed, with its many activities and excellent food. The only reason I don't give an Excellent is that I did not get along with my horse (and I went on the trip specifically for the riding). I know they would have assigned me a different horse but we only rode for 4 days and by the time I determined the (already not ideal) situation was deteriorating (Wednesday), I had only one more riding event scheduled (the gymkhana) so it wasn't worth it.
Quality of the riding experience.
facility was great as were the guides. Horses and activities were amazing.
Sylvan Dale ranch is absolutely beautiful….the website does not represent how gorgeous the landscape is. The owners treat their employees and horses with respect and kindness which translates to an awesome ranch experience. Karen was able to match me with a horse that suited my riding ability.
It was so much fun! The shooting sports were an excellent addition to the horseback riding!