Location: Garfield County, Colo.
The Skinny: According to the listing, Cowgirl magazine once said of this ranch that “Arriving at Kessler Canyon is like entering a new state of mind”, which tells us that there is such a thing as Cowgirl magazine, and that the scenic beauty and luxury of the place is impressive even to hard-bitten, outdoorsy travel journalists. Sitting on 35 square miles of rugged western Colorado land (a spread only slightly smaller than the city of Boston), Kessler Canyon offers plenty of wilderness activities for its next owners and dozens of their paying guests. Originally built as a private ranch by the Kessler family, it’s currently being used as a resort featuring a five-star, eight-bedroom hunting lodge, a six-suite guest house, and five guest cabins, as well as a luxurious owner’s suite. Outdoors there’s a skeet shooting range, boating, and plenty of fish and game to hunt. Inside there’s a wine tasting cellar, something called the “Poseidon Spa,” and the “Safari Lounge,” not to mention a rod and gun room. It’s asking $35M, and can continue to be run as a resort, or can be converted back to a private retreat.