70 YEARS IN THE SADDLE
The Jessup family has been riding the ups and downs of Dude Ranching on their 3,200 acre ranch since Maurice and Mayme Jessup purchased Sylvan Dale in 1946. Their passion to share the beauty of Sylvan Dale with others has been the driving force.
This magical place has been a blessing to thousands of good folks who have come to unplug from the hi-tech world to experience the relaxing environment of the western lifestyle and the great outdoors.
“Sometimes it is hard to put into words the transformation that takes place in the individuals and families who stay with us,” says co-owner Susan Jessup. Guests deepen relationships with family and new-found friends as they share an evening around the campfire or the thrill of a white-water rafting adventure. They connect with their horse as they advance their skills in the arena and on the trail. They gain new appreciation for the land and wildlife. They also experience the quiet of a night under the stars, and respond quickly to the sound of the dinner bell promising wholesome ranch-style meals and home baking!
Sylvan Dale has overcome economic downturns, fire, and two major floods. The Jessups remain forever grateful to those folks who have given their time and resources to help the Ranch recover. They also take their hats off to their competent and dedicated staff whom add their own genuine expression of western hospitality.
In 2014, Sylvan Dale partnered with The Heart-J Center for Experiential Learning, a newly formed non-profit offering hands-on learning experiences for all ages. Already, the Heart J Center programs have enriched the lives of 2400 good folks from ages 5 to 85!
Located 7 miles west of Loveland, Colorado, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Sylvan Dale has been called “a treasure to Northern Colorado.” The Jessups and their staff invite you to celebrate 70 years in the saddle in 2016!