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Old 06-17-2015   #1
Nye, Montana
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need to move within 40 minutes of Milliken colorado

I need to relocate for a job. I'm thinking Fort Collins, Greeley, longmont, Loveland, or boulder. Ill be renting an apartment with garage.

Things I want:
Close proximity to rafting. Possibly kayaking.
Close to elk hunting and river fly fishing (within an hour or so)
A town with a decent amount of single women.
Good bar scene, restaurants, greenbelts etc would be nice but I don't mind driving a bit.

I'm thinking fort Collins would be cool. Boulder looks nice via google but spendy rent.

Any help on where I should concentrate would be awesome. I am looking for apartments/townhomes less than $1400 a month that would be dog friendly (80 pound mutt).

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Old 06-18-2015   #2
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Of those options I would pick Fort Collins for what you are looking for with Boulder being an expensive second option. The Poudre is better than Boulder Creek for rafting and has a longer season. Fort Collins is much closer to Milikin. Elk Hunting proximity is basically the same. Fishing on each river is good. Both have great breweries/bars, but Boulder is definitely better for restaurants. Each has good access to open space, parks etc. The rental market in each is pretty tight because of the local universities, but Fort Collins will be cheaper.

As for the others:
Longmont is ok but further from the mountains - and you'll be driving to/through Boulder to get to the mountains or for amenities.

Lyons is a sweet town as far as mountain access is concerned, but it's pretty small and pretty far from Miliken.

Loveland is ok, close to Miliken, Big Thompson has good fishing, but you might as well be in Fort Collins.

Greeley sucks don't move there.

Lots of people are moving from Fort Collins to Windsor or Johnstown because they are cheaper - but you are further from the mountains.

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Old 06-18-2015   #3
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Thanks for the info. I'll be down this weekend to check the area. I'll check fort Collins Loveland and Windsor I think.
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Old 06-18-2015   #4
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In Fort Collins, you have everything you want except for GOOD elk hunting within an hour. The hunting east of Cameron Pass in the Poudre drainage is tough. Head west a little further, and it gets much better. They're around, but the numbers aren't as good as they are further west.
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Old 06-18-2015   #5
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Aren't Ft Collins, Loveland and Windsor where all the random shootings have been occuring recently? Keep your head on a swivel.
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Old 06-18-2015   #6
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Should probably edit to "single *attractive* women". Lots of Butterfaces here. Sorry ladies.
"Yeah I called her up, she gave me a bunch of crap about me not listenin' to her enough, or somethin'. I don't know, I wasn't really payin' attention."
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Old 06-18-2015   #7
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One word, young man: Greeley.

There are lots of "slow elk" around there, and you'll love that agrarian ambiance. We can even smell it down here sometimes...
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Old 06-18-2015   #8
Nye, Montana
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Ah yes, forgot to mention a scale system. I'm OK with a 6 on weekends if above a .12 bac, 5 I'm down for at .14 and a 7+ dont even need to be buzzed.

Hmmm slow elk and that delicious aroma on a hot august night is just what I'm not looking for. Greeley has been dq'd.

Fort Collins seems to be about right but will let ya know what I find over the weekend...if I don't die rafting the poudre that is.

Thanks for the info buzzards.
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Old 06-20-2015   #9
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Drove from Saratoga to fort Collins today. Stopped by routte to check out the river. Seems like easy access. Going to run it July 6th if flows are good.

Drove to rand and took a left onto co 27 and hit hwy 14 before gould. That is awesome looking elk country!

The poudre was kicking. But what's up with all the dams? How do you get around them? Portage using the highway? One of the bridges looked sketch as hell to go under with a raft. Overall awesome river and beautiful country. Saw a bull moose just chilling.

As for fort Collins...wow there are lots of pretty ladies. But the traffic sucks. Then again for the past couple years the nearest traffic light was 65 miles away lol.

Northern Colorado is going to be a great place to explore for a while. Thanks for the help.

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