Why do people keep bringing up Salida? He said BV, there is a difference.... The good boating is 5-10 minutes outside BV, its 45 minutes from Salida...
Cost of living is reasonable in BV, ease in finding work is not. Rent probably averages $850 month for a house. I really, really enjoy visiting other rivers and states, but I am always happy and satisfied to come back here. I climb summits and rock, backcountry ski, mountain bike and hike, and get after it more than most, but I am still finding new adventures within 30 miles of my house and I have lived here 7 years.
Its probably not the best place in the world to vacation, but I think its a pretty good place to live.
Oh, and I can't say enough good things about the community. Small, close knit, like minded....just plain good people.