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Old 03-09-2008   #11
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4 months is awsome, perfect really. ive visited my sister living in durango for some mt. biking, but never was able to explore the kayaking.

as long as their are some 'local' hair runs to hit befor/after classes, which sound like their are.

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Old 03-09-2008   #12
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Most definitely Durango FTW!

The whole front range is becoming one giant traffic jam. I went to school in the late 80's early 90's, and I could get to good skiing in 1 hour to 1.25 hours, from Denver, any day of the week or weekend, no matter what time I left. Nowadays, if you go at the wrong time of day on the weekends, it can be a 4 hour drive. Greely is another hour or two on top of that. Summer traffic can be as bad or worse. Just picture trying to get anywheres to paddle, away from the front range and you get the picture.

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Old 03-10-2008   #13
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I went to Fort Lewis many years ago and have friends kids who are going there now and I would most certainly head to Durango. The school is pretty well funded and has some very good academic programs. For the outdoor opportunities there is simply no comparison between the two with Durango winning hands down fun place to be all year round may not have the water of the southeast but plenty of places to boat(several months out of the year), mountain bike, ski,,,,,,,,,,,and you may even have time for school if you plan your schedule well. Good Luck
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Old 03-10-2008   #14
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Go to Durango.. The boatin season started a week or two ago and the rest of the rivers around there will go off way earlier than the rest of Colorado. Add on a summer job in Buena Vista like one at CKS and you will have the best boatin Colorado has to offer. I went to Durango for 9 years!.. The boating season is a easy 4 months and with a bit of rain rockwood or pandora's can be 6 months long.

Also I would stay away from the Front Range schools and avoid Colorado Springs and Pubelo schools like the plague..
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Old 03-10-2008   #15
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schools with paddling

As a former resident of Georgia and an FLC student I can tell you that paddling in Durango is top notch. The play park is one of the best in Colorado and the Upper Animas is considered by many to be the best and most beautiful paddling in the country. The rockwood section of the upper is runnable pretty much year round and offers some good 4 and 5 with about an hour walk in (parking is about 30 minutes from town). The creeking here is great too. Vallecito (V+) is widely considered to be the best mile of whitewater in colorado.

Durango in general is just a kick ass town. Anything you want to do outside can pretty much be done from town. Climbing is good, mtb is world class, fishing, hunting, whatever you're into Durango has it.

Can't say much for Greeley but I hope this helps a bit.

Originally Posted by Doty View Post
So I just have been accepted into the University of Northern Colorado, in Greeley, and Fort Lewis College, located in Durango.

Would anyone care to share either their input on what boating is like in these areas(like quality and driving distance), or what college would offer the best boating selections?

I'm used to doing class 4 and 5, with a little 5+ down here in the S.E. so Anything with good class 4 and 5+ is good to go. both schools have my desired major, but just curious.

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Old 03-10-2008   #16
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Easy there Rdnek, avoid colorado springs for sure but I think we have two excellent colleges.
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Old 03-10-2008   #17
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Durango's got the sickest creeking around if you like gorges and waterfalls and what not. And it isn't tooo far from everything else so the season is a little more flexible.

GH is there any boating near colorado Springs? I like CC but the town scares me and I'd kinda like to be able to boat in College
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Old 03-10-2008   #18
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Paddling near Colorado Springs? The short answer is yes, but I don't think there is a in-town run like Durango has.

Colorado Springs is within 2 hours of probably 20-30 different sections. The Arkansas, Clear Creek, Bear Creek and South Platte are about an hour away, South Boulder Creeks sections are closer to two hours. And the central mountain runs aren't much further- stuff like Gore, the Blue, tenmile and others. Also the Cache la Poudre is probably 2:30-3 hours away.

One big plus to Durango is that you are closer to early season boating in Arizona - stuff like the salt and all the crazy stuff that the hardcore yakers are doing right now. You are also close to Moab for Westwater and Cataract trips, and New Mexico for the Rio Grande and creeks in that area.

One big difference with Durango compared to the front range is simply people. The Front Range has lots of people, Colorado Springs is 500,000 people, The Denver Metro Area is around 2 million people. Durango is 14,000 people. The nearest larger city, Farmington, in New Mexico, is an hour and 40,000 people. And the nearest "big" city is Albuquerque at about 4 hours. Some people will love this 'relative' isolation and living in a small city, others won't. Just something to know.

Greeley is far from Durango both in distance and perspective - much more of a ranching and farming town. The people in Greeley are more likely to be the hunting, fishing, shooting, 4 wheeling types than the mtn biking, kayaking, climbing crowd that you will find in Durango. That said Greeley is only about an hour from Denver if a big city is a draw for you. And it isn't that much further from skiing and boating than most of the front range, probably an extra 45 minutes. But I wouldn't generally recommend Greeley, Colorado Springs is a much better town, and that means something coming from a Boulder native.
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Old 03-10-2008   #19
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Technically there's 40,000 people in Durango- only 14,000 in the city limits.
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Old 03-10-2008   #20
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Raftus, your shuttle rig must be a ferrari because your driving times are way short. Way short. The closest thing to Colo Springs (excluding 11mile) is the Royal Gorge and it's an easy hour fifteen to the takeout and then a shuttle to run and that's if you live on the south side of town. The others you called an hour are at least 2 and probably some change.

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