Discovery Channel founder asks $149M for 7,000-acre ranch

West Creek Ranch (credit: LIV Sotheby’s International Realty)

John Hendricks, the founder of the Discovery Channel — home of the transcendent annual TV event known as “Shark Week” — just listed his sprawling ranch on the border of Utah and Colorado for $149 million.

Dubbed “West Creek Ranch,” the property spans 6,919 acres and is the accumulation of four ranches purchased by Hendricks in the 1990s, reports the Wall Street Journal.

West Creek Ranch (credit: LIV Sotheby’s International Realty)

The land is home to a 22,000-square-foot home, a swimming pool, a two-bedroom guest house, a roughly 400-square-foot observatory, a grass airstrip, an airplane hangar and two helipads.

There is also a barn for horses and irrigated pastures for the herd of American bison Hendricks keeps — no word on whether they’re part of the sale. They share the land with elk and deer for hunting, although Hendricks told the WSJ that he hunts “with [his] camera.”

Around 4,000 acres of the property is in a permanent conservation easement, and so can never be developed.

West Creek Ranch (credit: LIV Sotheby’s International Realty)
West Creek Ranch (credit: LIV Sotheby’s International Realty)
West Creek Ranch (credit: LIV Sotheby’s International Realty)
West Creek Ranch (credit: LIV Sotheby’s International Realty)
West Creek Ranch (credit: LIV Sotheby’s International Realty)
West Creek Ranch (credit: LIV Sotheby’s International Realty)

[Wall Street Journal]