Kessler Canyon

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Kessler Canyon

  • Kessler Canyon Ranch

Kessler Canyon - Recently Sold

$32,500,000
Garfield County, Colorado

An exquisite blend of nature and luxury, Kessler Canyon is one of Colorado’s hidden secrets. Located in a secluded, private valley and controlling a large expanse of high country wildlife habitat, this striking 15,000± acre property features luxurious accommodations, outstanding big game and upland bird hunting, fishing, and a breathtaking setting including the Brush Creek valley and Skinner Ridge.

After the exhilaration of a day on the ranch, being pampered in the spectacular Homestead Lodge awaits. Built to meticulous standards by one of the country’s most creative luxury hotel developers, this five-star lodge includes inspiring guest rooms and an owner’s suite. Other amenities of this unique lodge include the Safari Lounge, executive boardroom, movie theatre, exercise and game rooms, the Poseidon Spa, wine tasting cellar, secure display rooms for guns and collectibles, full service kitchen and imaginative finishes throughout. The inviting outdoor fireplace on the banks of Orchard Lake is a perfect gathering place for appetizers and after dinner activities.

Adjacent to the lodge is the Orchard Lake Guesthouse with a self-contained VIP suite including living, dining rooms and kitchen. Five guestrooms, large meeting area and a rod and gun room complete this structure.

Two secluded cabins and a guest house are scattered throughout the ranch for hunting or wilderness experiences. Not to be overlooked is a state-of-the-art, eight-station shooting pavilion.

Incorporating experiences from many of the world’s finest lodges, plantations and game preserves, the Kessler family has enhanced a naturally beautiful wildlife ranch with a guest experience that surpasses all expectations. In addition to its reputation as a superlative hunting property, Kessler Canyon has developed a following as an exclusive destination resort, retreat for executive meetings of well-known corporations and for individuals seeking the tranquility of an exclusive lodge. Suitable as a commercial operation or as a private ranch, Kessler Canyon is an unforgettable experience.

Location: 

Situated in a secluded valley overlooked by the ever-changing shadows and colors of surrounding canyon walls, Kessler Canyon’s guest compound is located in the mesa country of western Colorado between Rifle and Grand Junction. The ranch lies 17 miles north of Interstate Highway 70 and the historic ranching community of DeBeque, Colorado.

Driving time to Grand Junction and Rifle is just under an hour from ranch headquarters. Vail, Beaver Creek and Aspen are all within two hours of the ranch, with Denver about three-and-one-half hours to the east.

Locale: 

Undiscovered and untouched by the majority of Coloradans, this area is controlled by large private holdings and federal lands. This part of the state has a more southwestern flavor than the alpine areas of central Colorado, with canyon walls and deep secluded valleys carved from large plateaus and mesas.

The nearest large town for the area is Grand Junction, a vibrant community with a population of 60,000. The city supports a four-year university, regional medical facilities, shopping, dining and service outlets. Walker Field offers direct flights from Denver, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Salt Lake City. It is also capable of serving all sizes of private aircraft.

Recently updated, Garfield County Regional Airport at Rifle, Colorado serves all variety of private aircraft with its modern FBO and 7,000 foot runway. No commercial flights are scheduled into this field.

Grand Junction, named for the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers is well known for its Colorado peaches and mild climate. Other area amenities include Grand Mesa, which is often called the world’s largest flat-topped mountain, Colorado National Monument, known for its sandstone canyons and rock formations, and the Bookcliff Mountains. Family-friendly Powderhorn Ski Area is about 45 minutes from ranch headquarters. The world class resorts of Aspen, Beaver Creek and Vail are all a short distance to the east. Glenwood Springs and its famous hot springs is a 15-minute drive from Rifle.

Year-round activities abound in this part of Colorado. Fall is a special season on the western slope, where hunters arrive from around the world to try for trophy elk and mule deer in some of the best big game habitat imaginable.

General Description: 

Kessler Canyon has been written about in many publications. This quotation from “Cowgirl magazine” summarizes the comments of many travel writers who visit and review resort destinations throughout the world:

“Arriving at Kessler Canyon is like entering a new state of mind. Combine the most luxurious lodge you can dream of, museum quality works of art and sculpture, cuisine to rival that of any top chef, cooking lessons, wine tasting… now add in breathtaking western views, wildlife, horseback riding, ATV and jeep tours, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and shooting sports, and you begin to get the picture.”

Traveling north up Clear Creek Valley from the town of DeBeque then turning the corner at the foot of Skinner Ridge, one’s first glimpse of the ranch is of a lush meadow framed by artistic gate obelisks. From this point, Kessler Canyon delights the senses. As one travels the ranch entrance road up Brush Creek valley one encounters hand-built stone cairns, groups of young mule deer, sculpted wing-shooting areas, raffles of wild turkeys, outdoor art and ultimately the pristine setting containing Homestead Lodge, Guesthouse, Orchard Lake and the original Scott apple orchard. At this impressive compound the owner and guests enjoy five-star accommodations and activities.

Homestead Lodge is the central meeting place with guest quarters and owner’s suite, a variety of rooms for activities and meetings, and the primary kitchen. Next door is the Guesthouse with a VIP suite, guest rooms, trophy hall and a rod and gun room.

A wrap-around porch covers three sides of the lodge, with a favorite gathering place being the inviting outdoor fireplace overlooking Orchard Lake. Just off the lodge is a covered pavilion capable of seating groups up to 50, with its own barbeque and fire pit. An outdoor hot tub is steps away. The grounds surrounding the lodge have been creatively landscaped including eight acres of manicured lawn, original sculptures, and preservation of the 100 plus year old orchard. Within a short walk from the lodge along tree lined Brush Creek one encounters sightings of deer, beaver dams and other wildlife. Canoeing and fishing on Orchard Lake from the dock located at the lodge is a favorite activity for those of all ages. A walking archery course with 12 targets is steps away.

The Homestead Lodge and the adjoining Guesthouse have entertained shooting-sports enthusiasts, celebrities and guests seeking a unique resort destination, as well as the site of executive retreats for well-known corporations. The ranch has been recognized as a top destination for guests in many publications and was awarded the Best Place for Executive and Board Retreats in 2012 from Colorado Meeting and Events Magazine.

As impressive as this compound is, it is only part of the enchantment of Kessler Canyon. There are approximately 15,000 acres to enjoy and explore. The 14,096± deeded acres of the ranch run for six miles along Brush Creek Valley and rise more than two thousand feet above the valley, along Skinner Ridge, for ten miles. An additional 900± acres of BLM lands enhance the privacy of the ranch.

Within the greater ranch two additional homes have been constructed in recent years. These very nice homes can be used for guests or ranch employees. Branded Rock Cabin is located in the valley floor with Bear cabin on Skinner ridge. These cabins each have their own character and are used as a base for hunting operations or wilderness experiences.

The ranch has outstanding big game hunting which is enhanced by the ranch’s participation in Colorado Ranching for Wildlife program. This voluntary program allows the ranch expanded big game seasons and typically 18 elk tags and 9 mule deer tags.

Wing shooting for pheasant, chukar, bobwhite and Gambel’s quail normally is conducted September through December, but is available throughout the year in accordance with the Ranch’s Upland Bird and Waterfowl Hunting and Producers Park license. A healthy population of wild turkey can be hunted during fall or spring seasons. For those wishing further excitement, black bear and mountain lion can be taken on the ranch.

The Kessler family is involved in all forms of shooting sports. As a result it was a natural decision to build a state-of-the-art shooting pavilion designed by a professional shooting consultant. This entertaining activity offers eight stations for clays shooting. With 13 different remote-controlled throwing stands, the range is designed for a beginner or an expert shot. The pavilion has lighting for night shooting, a bathroom, kitchen, extensive storage and two antique wood-burning stoves. Adjacent to the pavilion is a pistol and rifle range. A sporting clays course has also been staked out in the nearly natural terrain.

A recent popular addition to ranch activities is the Kessler Canyon Shooting Academy. Staffed by certified personnel, instruction is provided for recreational and competitive shotgun, upland bird and wing shooters, as well as long-range rifle practice. Target and self-defense pistol, tactical carbine and concealed carry training are also available. For a real challenge, the 1,000-yard rifle shot to an 18-inch metal gong provides a satisfying audible reward if successful.

Kessler Canyon is perhaps the most complete shooting sports property in the west. When combined with the social networking opportunities and luxurious accommodations, there is little wonder why the ranch has become a premier destination for the shooting enthusiast.

For those looking for adventure or unusual experiences outside of shooting sports, Kessler Canyon offers fly fishing in four crystal clear lakes, ATV or Jeep tours on gentle valley trails or the thrilling switchbacks from Brush Creek to Skinner Ridge, cooking unusual creations with the chef, or being pampered in Poseidon Spa.


Acreage: 

14,096± Deeded Acres

Acreage Breakdown: 

Deeded: 14,096± Acres
BLM: 9  00± Acres
Total: 14,996± Acres

Leases & Permits: 

BLM lands are scattered along and through the ranch’s deeded lands. Most of these lands are either inholdings of the ranch with no public access, or along very steep canyon walls. The majority of BLM property is held by a grazing permit with actual grazing occurring only on an occasional basis. Annual cost of the permit is nominal.

Improvements: 

All major buildings on Kessler Canyon have been built to exacting standards and meticulous detail by the Kessler Family. The Kesslers’ have extensive experience in building and operating luxury boutique hotels. Utilizing experiences gleaned from their hotel business and worldwide travels to the finest of lodges, plantations and game preserves, the buildings on Kessler Canyon are uniquely designed and constructed, with fine craftsmanship and outstanding attention to detail. Not too large for an intimate guest experience, the property is well suited as a commercial or corporate lodge or personal retreat.

The Homestead Lodge is the center of most activities. Containing over 20,000 square feet on four levels, the Homestead Lodge is truly inspiring in its detail and design.

Driving up to the lodge the impeccable grounds are enhanced by more than 100 trees, hundreds of flowering shrubs and bushes and punctuated by original works of sculpture. Entering the main level, guests are introduced to the pro shop, stocked with a variety of shooting and fishing accessories and checked-in from the adjacent ranch business office. Walking down the hall, one finds the great room containing a large sitting area at one end and dining at the other. Two enticing native stone fireplaces frame this room, which contains an amazing collection of unique furnishings and many extraordinary art works and artifacts of the Kessler family’s personal collection. This level also contains a VIP guest suite, the Safari Lounge and board room, large kitchen in which guests observe or participate in the preparation of dishes that often include locally grown vegetables, fish, or game from the ranch, and a large secure walk-in gun room.

The top level of the lodge is reserved as a self-contained owner’s suite. Eight oversized and exceptionally well-appointed guest rooms are located above the main level. Each room has a private bath with custom features, two queen beds, oversized walk-in shower, Bose sound system and scenic views.

The Lodge is completed by a private wine tasting, dining or meeting room with 200 year old doors imported from Spain, a movie theater, an exercise room, a game room, secured room for guns and other collectibles, and the Poseidon Spa. The spa has three massage rooms, manicure/pedicure area, steam room, sauna and full bathroom. Therapists are on staff and locally available. Staff quarters and utility rooms complete this level. An elevator serves all levels with the exception of the owners suite. The Lodge is fully modernized with an extensive audio visual system and wireless connectivity throughout.

Surrounding the lodge on three sides is a covered porch overlooking Orchard Lake and the apple orchard. Many pleasant evenings are spent enjoying appetizers or after dinner activities centered around the welcoming outdoor fireplace. Steps away from the lodge are a dock and fishing platform for the lake, covered picnic and entertainment pavilion with its own barbeque and fire pit, outdoor Jacuzzi, boat house for canoes and kayaks, and support facilities.

Homestead Lodge is an elegant, self-contained facility providing an intimate setting for sharing of the day’s activities, peaceful reflection in the solitude of this private valley or for productive executive meetings and teambuilding activities.

From a guest experience on Trip Advisor
Just go to Kessler Canyon. Stop reading this and just go now, you won’t regret it. Everything about Kessler Canyon, the location, the property itself, the artwork, the activities, the food, and the service is perfectly thought out and impeccably executed. My wife and I spent 7 nights there last summer and every day provided multiple “I can’t believe we’re actually in a place this amazing” moments.
Sean M -Chicago, Illinois

Across the driveway is the Guesthouse. Approximately 7,000± sq. ft., this two-story structure compliments the lodge. The first thing one encounters upon entering the Guesthouse is a rod and gun room, with individual storage spaces for each guest’s outdoor equipment and space to clean up from the day’s activities. Experiences of the day are often recounted in this room or the adjacent Trophy Hall. This large room is so named for the mounted wildlife taken from the ranch. It features a wet bar, projection screen, antique wood-burning stove, and the ability to open the room up to the often delightful outdoor climate. The Trophy Hall is often used for larger meetings, receptions or parties. On the second level of the Guesthouse are five deluxe guest rooms and a self-contained VIP suite with full kitchen, bath, sitting area and bedroom. A complete audio visual and wireless system serves all rooms.Meals for the Guesthouse are provided at the Homestead Lodge.

Capacity of the Lodge and Guesthouse is fifteen guests assuming single occupancy, or up to thirty two guests with double occupancy. Additional guest housing is available in the two cabins and a house in locations scattered throughout the ranch. These accommodations provide an additional fifteen beds.

A short distance up Brush Creek is the Branded Rock Cabin, so named for the large rock nearby where ranchers, shepherds and visitors have made their mark for many generations. Branded Rock Cabin sleeps four with a kitchen, sitting area and bathroom. An original ranch structure, the cabin has been remodeled and upgraded to accommodate a small group or family.

Located in the middle of Skinner Ridge, privacy and seclusion highlight the Bear Cabin. Sleeping four, it also has a kitchen, dining room and full bathroom.

Valley View House is located a short distance from the ranch entrance, overlooking irrigated meadows often visited by groups of mule deer, contentedly grazing. This home is ideal for a family stay with three bedrooms, kitchen, living quarters, play room, three and one-half bathrooms and detached three-car garage.

A second home within the valley is currently used by the on site ranch manager. This home monitors activity on the entrance road and serves as very comfortable housing for a family. Constructed in 2012, it contains a master suite, two additional bedrooms, kitchen, living room and attached two-car garage.

The state-of-the-art shooting pavilion and gun range is nearby. Enjoyed year around by all ages, it offers eight stations for clays shooting. With 13 different remote-controlled throwing stands, the range is designed for beginner or an expert shot. The pavilion has lighting for night shooting, a bathroom, kitchen, extensive storage area, and two antique wood-burning stoves. Adjacent to the pavilion is a pistol and rifle range. Designed but not yet constructed is a sporting clay course.

All ranches of this magnitude need a working headquarters. The Kesslers’ left no detail undone for this complex. Storage areas, maintenance buildings, dog kennels and bird houses are located at the site. At the top of the complex is a 1,900± sq. ft. storage building. At one end of the building is a small kitchen, bath and sleeping quarters designed for use by the ranch’s hunting guides. Below this are buildings of 2,240± and 3,400± sq. ft. used for equipment and vehicle storage, with concrete floors and electric service. Next is a hunting services facility. Part of this 5,500± sq. ft. structure is a game cleaning and preparation room with several large sinks, spacious walk-in coolers and freezers. An overhead conveyance rail facilitates handling of the game. The remainder of this building, which has a full concrete floor and nine overhead doors, provides inside storage for the fleet of specialized hunting jeeps, ATV’s, snowmobiles, a suburban with front and rear steering and a variety of other vehicles. There is an upstairs storage area for parts and other supplies. Outside the overhead doors is a large concrete parking or service area.

Further to the west is a dog kennel with 20 inside/outside runs and two outside-only pens. A whelping kennel and vet/supply room finishes this 3,000± sq. ft. structure. Connected to the kennel are four fenced areas used as large outdoor runs.

Across the drive are three bird houses. Each building is approximately 2,420± sq. ft. with a partition splitting the facility into two rooms. These buildings are used to hold and grow birds until released. They each have water and handling facilities.

Extensive infrastructure, to an extent usually not seen on most ranch properties, has been constructed for the comfort of guests and to enhance recreational opportunities while protecting the natural beauty of the property. These infrastructure improvements include:

  • Over six miles of buried utility lines for electrical service and land line telephones.
  • Construction of four lakes.
  • River enhancements along Brush Creek.
  • Large scale replacement and reconstruction of irrigation ditches, diversion structures and pipelines.
  • Brush and weed control accompanied by grass seeding to enhance upland bird and game habitat on hundreds of acres.
  • Construction of water impoundments for wildlife.
  • Large scale cleanup of treed and meadow areas.
  • Construction and improvement of many miles of roads and trails.
  • Hundreds of hand built stone cairns delineating primary roads.
  • Eight acres of sod with underground sprinkler system around Orchard Lake, Homestead Lodge and Guesthouse area. 
  • Extensive landscaping, including rock gardens, trees, shrubs and plants.
  • Miles of pole fence constructed.
  • Commercial capacity generators at building sites for primary or back up power sources.
  • Parking areas including RV hookups.
  • State of the art wireless, audio and visual systems provide connectivity to the outside world from this secluded location.

The landscaping around the Homestead compound deserves special note forming a welcoming and appealing environment. Approximately eight acres of irrigated lawn surround the lake and provide a large area for hosting outdoor events. Preservation of the 100+ year old apple orchard attracts wildlife and provides a naturally shaded area. Hundreds of additional planted trees and shrubs, ground cover and outdoor art complete the setting for these tranquil grounds.

The Kessler family has accomplished the transformation of a rawboned, overgrazed and somewhat neglected ranching property into one of the most appealing and desirable resort and hunting ranches imaginable. No expense has been spared and no detail overlooked in the design and planning of the Kessler Canyon improvements and grounds.


Climate: 

Homestead Lodge is situated at a very comfortable 6,100 foot elevation. Climate here is very mild, aided by the valley location with protection from surrounding hillsides. Summer temperatures usually run in the 80s and low 90s for a few hours each day, followed by cool late afternoons and evenings. This is a dry climate with low humidity and annual precipitation of less than 10 inches. Winters are also mild with high temperatures averaging in the 30s and only occasional extended cold snaps.

Skinner Ridge elevation at its highest point is just over 8,200 feet. Typically temperatures on the ridge are 10 to 15 degrees cooler than at the lodge. Precipitation is also greater at this elevation, with more frequent summer showers and greater snowfall that can accumulate to a few feet during the depth of winter.

Wildlife Resources: 

Controlling over 15,000± acres of diverse terrain and vegetation, the ranch provides habitat for many native species of wildlife. Long known for its large populations of elk and mule deer, the ranch has been carefully managed to sustain healthy game populations while also improving the quality of the big game.

Elk, deer, bear, mountain lion, bobcat, lynx, moose and many other smaller mammals are observed on the ranch. Non-game birds, including eagles and other raptors, are observed soaring among the canyons. Self-sustaining populations of wild turkeys numbering in the hundreds call Brush Creek Valley home. Game birds including the healthy turkey population are enhanced by the release of pheasant, quail and chukar.

Kessler Canyon is located in Colorado Game Management Unit 31. This area is known for its trophy mule deer and large populations of elk and deer. Elk scores in the 320 to 340 range are common. The largest elk taken on the ranch in recent years scored 368 with a 412 bull taken a quarter mile off the property. Mule deer are often in the 170-180 point range, with 200+ bucks having been harvested.

Evidence of the desirability of this area for public hunters are the 14 preference point requirement for bull elk and 17 points for mule deer. Kessler Canyon has participated in Colorado’s Ranching for Wildlife program. For over ten years this voluntary program allows the ranch expanded big game seasons and typically 18 elk tags and nine mule deer tags each year. These tags can be used by the landowner or sold as commercial hunts. As part of the program, the ranch has to allow public hunters two elk tags of either sex, 33 cow elk tags and one mule deer tag of either sex. Timing of public hunts can be directed by the ranch owner.

Kessler Canyon is not limited to the big game hunter. The property also features the enjoyment of upland bird hunts. Wingshooting for pheasant, chukar, bobwhite and Gambel’s quail normally is conducted September through December, but is available throughout the year in accordance with the Ranch’s Upland Bird and Waterfowl Hunting and Producers Park license. Upland bird hunters are not required to have a state license. These hunts are typically conducted in the several thoughtfully designed bird courses set up along the valley floor or on the challenging chukar flats. Hunts are very rewarding, with the option of using the well trained dogs available at the ranch or one’s own dog. The ranch is required to release at least as many birds as are taken over the year. Currently as many as 5,000 birds are released annually with a small population of those surviving throughout the year.

Wild turkey, bear and mountain lion are hunted in season with plentiful numbers of each within the ranch borders. Over the counter licensees are readily available for these species.

For a change of pace, Kessler Canyon has four lakes offering opportunities to attract a trout to a fly. Two lakes are in the secluded upper reaches of the ranch. With crystal clear water, sight casting to the large rainbows in these lakes will test one’s skill with a fly rod.

Orchard Lake is the largest lake, fishable from the shore or from one of the ranch canoes or kayaks. All ages and experience of fisherman can enjoy this relaxing experience. For a challenge, the beaver ponds and professionally restored waters of Brush Creek can be attempted. Perhaps one of the native cutthroats will be enticed from these waters.

With the large properties in this area, public pressure on wildlife is less than on many ranches in the state. Kessler Canyon, with its ability to control 15,000± contiguous acres, is also only occasionally and lightly used for grazing of livestock, leaving the habitat largely undisturbed for wildlife.

Recreational Considerations: 

As a lifelong advocate of the outdoors, Mr. Kessler purchased this ranch largely for the year-round recreational opportunities that he and his family could enjoy. Only rarely is a property with 15,000± contiguous acres offered for sale in the mountains of Colorado. Many Colorado ranches are also at an elevation where the climate restricts time of use. Kessler Canyon, with its large size and combination of lower valley and higher elevations, provides an abundance of year-round recreational activities.

In terms of hunting and shooting sports, Kessler Canyon is in a premier location for big game. Few properties combine this quality of big game habitat with turkey and upland birds. With the outstanding shooting pavilion and its night lighting, the shooting enthusiast can be challenged on a daily basis with a variety of opportunities.

Recognizing that some guests or family members may have other interests, the list of non-shooting activities is lengthy. These include a 12 target archery skills and 10-station geocache orienteering course. Hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, ATV and jeeping are available on a wide variety of family-friendly to expert terrain. Winter sports include cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling and nearby downhill skiing.

Supplementing outdoor activities are the amenities available inside the Homestead Lodge. These include the Poseidon Spa, movie theatre, game room, exercise room or exotic cooking with the professional and entertaining chefs on the property.

History: 

Originally patented from federal lands in the 1880’s by the Scott family, the homestead site was chosen for its mild climate in a secluded valley along the clear waters of Brush Creek. This original homestead served as a ranch headquarters for many years. The current Homestead Lodge occupies the original homesite which still supports an apple orchard established over a century ago. Cattle and sheep ranching continues to this day throughout the area.

After several years and travels through multiple states searching for a property that met his exacting criteria, Richard Kessler found this secluded site. Brush Creek Valley and the adjoining Skinner Ridge possessed the essential natural resources and wildlife habitat required for the Kessler family’s ideal of turning a traditional livestock ranch into a world-class sporting property, while preserving its native environment.

Being one of the country’s most experienced developers of boutique luxury hotels, the Kesslers’ are also well known in the shooting sports world. Having traveled extensively to hunting lodges, resorts, plantations and big game preserves throughout the world, the family used the best ideas they encountered to initiate construction of the resort and lodging amenities on the ranch now known as Kessler Canyon. 

Taxes: 

Real estate taxes for the property are currently approximately $30,039.

Water Rights: 

Brush Creek is the source of water for the lakes, ponds, irrigated meadows and pastures on the ranch. Current ownership has extensively engineered, constructed and improved the ranch water delivery systems. In addition to the four lakes that are complete, additional water rights have been approved for the construction of future lakes. Domestic water is provided by five wells that have been developed to provide water for this purpose.

Mineral Rights: 

Sellers are offering 25% of their owned minerals as part of this sale. Sellers’ mineral ownership is 100% on approximately 2,789 net mineral acres. Mineral ownership on the balance of the ranch is held by a third party. Mineral rights on 2,589 surface acres are currently not leased. Two hundred surface acres are leased and held by production. A 25% interest in Sellers’ royalties over the last five years totals $23,397.

Sellers minerals are in a contiguous block in Upper Brush Creek Valley running east onto Skinner Ridge. Currently there are four producing wells on the property, all in this valley. Producing wells are primarily gas wells tied into pipelines, so mineral traffic is negligible.

This area was very active in terms of gas exploration in the early 2000s. With the discovery of gas in areas with much better production quantities and lower drilling and production costs, the interest in mineral exploration for this areas has waned. Oil shale potential remains in this area.

Additional Information: 

Kessler Canyon is not encumbered by conservation easements. This provides a potential buyer with the flexibility to consider other uses for the ranch. The Kessler family had considered the possibility of a shared ranch ownership or club prior to deciding to list the property.

Many of the photographs and narrative contained herein show or discuss works of art and custom furnishings. The ranch is offered with some furnishings and outdoor art included in the offering price. Select pieces of art and custom furnishings, as well as ranch equipment and vehicles, are available by separate contract. Contact the Hall and Hall broker for details of property inclusions and exclusions.

Online Resources: 
Kessler Canyon 
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Broker Comments: 

Hall and Hall has been familiar with Kessler Canyon since its original purchase as a broken-down ranch with tremendous potential. Observing the amazing transformation of this property from its original state through today has been an inspiring and incredible demonstration of vision, hard work and loving care by the Kessler family. It has been a difficult decision by the family to place this property on the market, as it has now matured into one of the best and largest recreational ranch properties available on the market in several years.

Kessler Canyon is at the top of the list as a luxurious lodge and resort for the shooting enthusiast, but to classify it as only a hunting ranch, vacation resort or meeting place misses the essence of this unique property. Here is the place of lifelong friendships, memories created from the thrill of a trophy hunt, opportunities to enjoy nature in its finest glory, shared family experiences, or the passing of generational knowledge apart from the stress and distractions of everyday life. Kessler Canyon offers something to everyone and few, if any, are the visitors that leave this place unaffected by their time here.

Additional Services: 

MANAGEMENT SERVICES – Hall and Hall’s Management Division has a very clear mission–to represent the owner and to ensure that his or her experience is a positive one. Services are customized to suit the owner’s needs. They often begin with the recruiting and hiring of a suitable ranch manager or caretaker and are followed by the development of a management or operating plan along with appropriate budgets. Ongoing services include bill paying, ranch oversight, and consulting services as needed. Even the most sophisticated and experienced ranch owners appreciate the value of a management firm representing them and providing advice on local area practices and costs. Wes Oja and Jerome Chvilicek at (406) 656-7500 or Justin Bryan at (325) 260-5883 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

RESOURCE ENHANCEMENT SERVICES – Increasingly the value of a ranch is measured by the quality of each and every one of its resources. Coincidentally, the enhancement of a ranch’s resources also increases the pleasure that one derives from the ownership of a ranch. Our management services have included the assessment of everything from wildlife habitat to bird habitat to water resources and fisheries and the subsequent oversight of the process involved with the enhancement of these resources.Wes Oja, Jerome Chvilicek or Dan Bergstrom at (406) 656-7500 or Justin Bryan in our Abilene office at (325) 260-5883 are available to describe and discuss these services in detail and welcome your call.

AUCTIONS - Hall and Hall Auctions offer “Another Solution” to create liquidity for the owners of Investment-Quality Rural Real Estate.  Our auction team has experience in marketing farmland, ranchland, timberland and recreational properties throughout the nation.  Extreme attention to detail and complete transparency coupled with Hall and Hall’s “Rolodex” of more than 40,000 targeted owners and buyers of rural real estate help assure that there are multiple bidders at each auction. In addition, the unique Hall and Hall partnership model creates a teamwork approach that helps to assure that we realize true market value on auction day.  For more information on our auction services contact Scott Shuman at (800) 829-8747.

APPRAISALS - Staying abreast of ancillary market influences in ever-changing economic conditions requires a broad professional network to tap into. Finding an appraiser who not only understands the numbers but also the differences in value from one area to another is a critical part of making an informed decision. The appraisal team at Hall and Hall, formed entirely of Accredited Members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA), has that critical network of brokers and lending professionals. This professional network coupled with diverse experience across multiple regions and market segments allows our appraisal team to deliver a quality product in a reasonable timeframe.  For more information contact our appraisal team at (406) 656-7500.

SPECIALIZED LENDING - Since 1946 Hall and Hall has created a legacy by efficiently providing capital to landowners.  In addition to traditional farm and ranch loans, we specialize in understanding the unique aspects of placing loans on ranches where value may be influenced by recreational features, location and improvements and repayment may come from outside sources. Our extensive experience and efficient processing allows us to quickly tell you whether we can provide the required financing.

Competitive Pricing  |  Flexible Terms  |  Efficient Processing
Dave Roddy • (406) 656-7500  
Mike Hall or Judy Chirila • (303) 861-8282
Monte Lyons • (806) 698-6882 
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Disclaimer: 

In Colorado, Buyers should be aware that different real estate brokerage relationships are available which include seller agency, buyer agency or transaction-brokerage.

BROKERAGE DISCLOSURE TO BUYER

 

Definitions of Working Relationships:

Seller’s Agent:
A seller’s agent (or listing agent) works solely on behalf of the seller to promote the interests of the seller with the utmost good faith, loyalty and fidelity. The agent negotiates on behalf of and acts as an advocate for the seller. The seller’s agent must disclose to potential buyers all adverse material facts actually known by the seller’s agent about the property. A separate written listing agreement is required which sets forth the duties and obligations of the broker and the seller.

Buyer’s Agent:
A buyer’s agent works solely on behalf of the buyer to promote the interests of the buyer with the utmost good faith, loyalty and fidelity. The agent negotiates on behalf of and acts as an advocate for the buyer. The buyer’s agent must disclose to potential sellers all adverse material facts actually known by the buyer’s agent including the buyer’s financial ability to perform the terms of the transaction and if a residential property, whether the buyer intends to occupy the property. A separate written buyer agency agreement is required which sets forth the duties and obligations of the broker and the buyer.

Transaction-Broker:
A transaction-broker assists the buyer or seller or both throughout a real estate transaction by performing terms of any written or oral agreement, fully informing the parties, presenting all offers and assisting the parties with any contracts, including the closing of the transaction without being an agent or advocate for any of the parties. A transaction-broker must use reasonable skill and care in the performance of any oral or written agreement, and must make the same disclosures as agents about all adverse material facts actually known by the transaction-broker concerning a property or a buyer’s financial ability to perform the terms of a transaction and if a residential property, whether the buyer intends to occupy the property. No written agreement is required.

Customer:
A customer is a party to a real estate transaction with whom the broker has no brokerage relationship because such party has not engaged or employed the broker, either as the party’s agent or as the party’s transaction-broker.

Please contact one of the Hall and Hall brokers for a complete discussion of potential working relationships for this property.  A written relationship disclosure will be provided to a prospective buyer prior to engaging in brokerage activities as defined by the Colorado Real Estate Commission. 

NOTICE: Offering is subject to errors, omissions, prior sale, change or withdrawal without notice, and approval of purchase by owner. Information regarding land classifications, acreages, carrying capacities, potential profits, etc., are intended only as general guidelines and have been provided by sources deemed reliable, but whose accuracy we cannot guarantee. Prospective buyers should verify all information to their satisfaction. Prospective buyers should also be aware that the photographs in this brochure may have been digitally enhanced.