$149 million Western Colorado ranch built for founder of Discovery Channel comes with its own observatory
WHAT: West Creek Ranch, a 6,900-acre property in Gateway, near the Utah border, is a 14-bed, 12-bath mansion complete with an
observatory, guest house, helipad, air strip and other amenities.
SIZE: 22,000 square feet
LOCATION: Surrounded by thousands of acres of desert land, West Creek Ranch is at the border of Utah and Colorado. West Creek
Ranch gives homeowners scenic desert views and unmatched privacy. But these amenities don’t come cheap. At $149 million, the
ranch is one of the most expensive listings in Colorado.
ABOUT THE HOUSE: Jamie Daugaard of Centre Sky Architecture designed the ranch over a three-year period from 1999-2001. The
house has everything you’d expect in a top-of-the-line mansion such as a large kitchen, a theater room, a pool and hot tub and
guest ranch, but it’s also got some perks unique to the ranch. There are hunting opportunities for animals ranging from bears to
mountain lions and an observatory complete with a 20-inch Meade Telescope to view the vast desert sky. It’s also got a helipad and
air strip to land your helicopter and planes if needed. And 55-minute drive to get from Grand Junction Regional Airport to the
property, you just might. Other features include grazing land for cattle as well as fishing ponds and horse pastures.