Colorado’s Most Expensive Property Is a 6,919-Acre Wonderland

By July 26, 2018Real Estate
West Creek Ranch is a sprawling, 6,919-acre private land and estate property on the western edge of Colorado.

The most expensive property in all of Colorado isn’t just a home.

It’s a whopping 6,919 acres filled with wild animals, ancient footprints, amazing views, helipads, a ruined mansion and three houses which are certainly not in ruins.

Welcome to West Creek Ranch, a property with 14 bedrooms and 12 full bathrooms located in Gateway, Colorado, on the western edge of the state. Offered by Sotheby’s International Realty, it’s up for sale at a staggering $149 million.

Who Owns It?
John Hendricks, who founded Discovery Communications — owner of the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC, among other media properties — purchased the property in the mid-1990s.

This sprawling landscape has a fitting owner. John Hendricks, who founded Discovery Communications — owner of the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC, among other media properties — purchased the property in the mid-1990s and built the main residence over a three-year period.

Over the years Hendricks bought more land and put 4,000 acres into permanent conservation easement. He also owns and runs the nearby rural getaway of Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa.

It Comes With Four Parcels of Land
Four distinct, named parcels of land comprise West Creek Ranch’s 6,919 acres.

West Creek Ranch’s 6,919 acres are made up of four distinct, named parcels of land: the rocky, Precambrian cliffs of Gill Meadows; the plateaus of Sky Mesa; the lush wildlife landscape of Blue Creek; and finally, West Creek Ranch Headquarters.

The majority of the property is located in Mesa County, but a chunk of West Creek Ranch — about 507 acres — is located in Grand County, Utah.

A Pilot’s Dream
Two helipads, an airplane hangar and an irrigated grass air strip support pilots and their crafts at West Creek Ranch.

There’s a lot of space at West Creek Ranch, and there’s far too much space to walk the whole thing (although you couldpull off your own miniature “Wild” every weekend).

Instead, take to the skies. This property comes with two helipads, one located at Sky Mesa and one at the main residence, an airplane hangar and an irrigated grass air strip.

Happy Hunting
Herds of more than 10,000 elk and 17,000 mule deer roam the property.

This vast expanse is a hunter’s paradise.

The land teems with small game and waterfowl, and the property within a Colorado big game management unit, where herds of more than 10,000 elk and 17,000 mule deer from the Uncompahgre Plateau roam.

That doesn’t mean you’ll encounter 27,000 deer and elk, but odds are good a portion of that herd can be found trotting around West Creek Ranch.

Beware the Wildlife
While the area is known for its mountain lion and bear habitats, buffalo and other wildlife abound.

If you’re wandering about in the Blue Creek parcel, you may want to bring a rifle — or at least some bear spray. The area is known for its mountain lion and bear habitats.

The listing does say West Creek Ranchhas “trophy-class hunting opportunities” for these animals, but it’s certainly not necessary.

Hendricks has said he only goes hunting with his camera.

Indulge in Amenities Galore
If you've got five cars, you're in luck. The main house has a five-car garage.

While you can hike, fly, fish, hunt and ride throughout these massive grounds, you may never want to leave home in the first place.

The main house has an oversized elevator to transport you to any of its four floors. There are eight bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a chef’s kitchen, art studio, theater, game room, gym, art studio, two interior water fountains, two exterior water fountains, six fireplaces (five inside, one outside), staff quarters, a pool and a spa.

There’s also a five-car garage, helipad and backup generator in case the power goes out. But if it does, just go check out the stars.

Enjoy Your Own Personal Observatory
The 400-square-foot observatory features a 20” Meade telescope and a rotating copper dome that opens.

Want to check out the Milky Way? With the night sky being lacking light pollution — civilization is about an hour away — you might be able to see it just by laying down in the grass.

But who wants to pay $149 million to lay in the grass? This property comes with an honest-to-god 400-square-foot observatory with a 20” Meade telescope and a rotating copper dome that opens.

It Comes With an Office Building
You can use the on-property hangar (pictured) and your helicopter, if you've got one, to reach the office building and airplane hangar at the Grand Junction Regional Airport.

This listing isn’t just limited to its grand scenic landscape and three houses. West Creek Ranch also comes with a 17,333 square-foot office building and airplane hangar located an hour away at the Grand Junction Regional Airport.

Currently the 11-office building and the hangar are being used for VIP guest transport to West Creek Ranch and Gateway Canyons goers.

Maybe you can work out a business deal with Hendricks and Gateway Canyons.

The Library Is a Masterpiece
The library's located in a cozy, circular room with a domed roof and custom French patio doors.

West Creek Ranch’s library might not be the biggest we’ve seen, but it’s certainly one of the coolest.

Located at the top of a spiral staircase, it’s a cozy, circular room with a domed roof and custom French patio doors.

But the Main Residence Is Wild
Jamie Daugaard of Center Sky Architecture designed the place, including this spectacular living room.

As a whole property, West Creek Ranch is a pastoral slice of heaven. As a sole home, the main residence is just bonkers.

It’s a custom-made 22,000 square-foot custom adobe replete with custom flourishes. The walls seem to flow rather than stand. Marble archways and columns frame the residence like the entire interior is an honoring to a long-lost god.

Outside, there’s about 3,500 square feet of covered verandahs and patio space. Jamie Daugaard of Center Sky Architecture designed this architectural showpiece.

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