History & Legacy

Owned and operated by the Jessup family since 1946, Sylvan Dale Ranch has welcomed generations of guests to enjoy its natural beauty and relaxed, friendly Western hospitality.

Sylvan Dale Ranch founders Maurice and Mayme "Tillie" Jessup were passionate about education. Tillie's parents were unable to send her to college, but she spent her life striving to provide to others the learning experiences she treasured. In addition to running the Ranch, Maurice had a distinguished career as a public school teacher and administrator. Their love of learning, delight in sharing the endless adventure of discovery, and their deep and abiding love of the land inspires us every day.

The Ranch is an amazing 3,000 acre "living laboratory." It's a beautiful oasis of quiet, serenity, and infinite possibilities for exploration. A place to connect to nature, to ourselves, and to each other.

The Ranch is a perfect setting for workshops and retreats — a pocket of paradise where you can leave the daily routine behind. The scent of pine, a warm summer breeze, the sound of the Big Thompson River — let the rhythms of nature ground and inspire you. Plenty of solitude to enjoy, too.

When you're not in class, take advantage of our hiking trails, guided nature walks, horseback riding, challenge course, and fly fishing — or just relax! You've got a lot of choices.

Tillie and Maurice Jessup at Sylvan Dale Ranch

Authentic and welcoming Western experiences for all ages since 1946.

The Jessup Family in 1944. From left: Maurice Jessup holding daughter Susan; Mayme "Tillie" Jessup and son David.