TAKE IT ALL IN
Welcome to Kessler Canyon’s backyard
Story and Photos by Jessica Darrensbourg
Miles and miles of breathtaking landscape. Boutique is too big a name for the lodging at Kessler Canyon. Two buildings have a total of 15 luxurious private rooms outfitted with handcrafted furniture, fine linens and breathtaking views.
Honeymooners can enjoy more intimate luxury accommodations in the remote cabin. All rooms enjoy full amenities of the resort and, more importantly nature’s beauty.
Daily activities are abundant for you and your sweetie. Hiking and biking through the mountains are great ways to spend time together. Hunting and fishing opportunities for all skill levels are part of ranch life; they even cook up your catch for dinner. The really adventurous can take a courageous ride on ATVs 8,000 feet up the mountainside amid wildlife and 360-degree views of the Western slope of the Rockies. And remember what goes up, must come down. The thrilling ride down will sure get you dirty, a perfect photo opportunity. With the outdoors as your playground, the Kessler Canyon family believes every guest is “Moved, Challenged, and Changed” as they unite with the great outdoors.
Aromas of fresh, home-style cooking greet guests each morning. Chef Lenny and Buck, his sous chef, entertain as they cook up the grub. The resort favorite, Candied Bacon, goes well with biscuits and gravy, made like the cowboys did in cast-iron pans. Chef Lenny will pack you a gourmet lunch to take on your daily adventures: a stacked sandwich with fresh fruit, a drink and of course, a side of bacon. When you return to the homestead after a long day of fun in the sun, dinner is waiting. Meet and greet other guests as you chow down on Mountain Lion, a ranch favorite captured by the Kessler family or trout caught by Chef Lenny. Your taste buds will be singing as you finish up with a chocolate cake topped with peanut butter mousse.
Located 45 minutes east of Grand Junction on the western slope of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, this beautiful 23,000-acre ranch turned-resort offers an adventurous getaway for brides and grooms.
Chef Lenny has an entertainer alter ego, The Black Mamba. As he goes through metamorphosis, a guitar appears and people gather around the campfire for cowboy songs and sagas. Nighttime at Kessler Canyon with the campfire crackling, stars glistening and The Black Mamba singing is truly awesome.
The Kessler family invites you to come experience the beauty at this grandiose canyon. Whether you want to get in touch with your courageous side and try something new, or just take in the musical styling of the canyon, they stand by their motto. “Every guest will be Moved, Challenged, and Changed.”