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My wife and I are planning to move to CO sometime next year ('06). She's a dietitian, I'm a manufacturing engineer, both paddle, hike, and bike. What are some of the better areas for all of the above (jobs and playing, wishful thinking, I know). First choice would be jobs and paddling. Any suggestions?
 

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stay away from pueblo and fort morgan...far far far away.

look into fort collins though for real. 20 min from the poudre
 

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second vote for fort collins. great town. very good riding (road and mountain) in and outside of town. the poudre (cl 2 thru 5+) is 30 minutes from town. hiking is as close as 30 minutes, and within 1.5 hours you have a ton of other good hikes from rocky mountain national park to the all of the trails up the poudre canyon.

as far as a town, fort collins is a great place. it's a very young, active town. old town is cool. csu adds a good vibe to town. and the summers are dynamite. the riding can be a bit harsh in the winter, but the cold, snowy snaps usually don't last too long.

good luck in your search.

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I suggest you look for work in all of the west slope resort towns esp durango. The front range is very much like so cal anymore.
Also: Steamboat, Vail, Summit Cnty, Buena Vista, Salida, Glenwood, Aspen, etc
 

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Yeah, you'll probably end up looking along the front range towns being an engineer- the towns /cities running along i-25 basically. More opportunity for work. If you both find good work in the mtn towns then more power to you.
I live around Golden too - good access to work and the mtns/ rivers for the weekends.

Basically, as long as you are not way out on the eastern Kansas-like part of CO you'll enjoy living here. Even if you don't live in the mtns they are always close by and easy to get to.

also, keep in mind on this site, there is allot of shit talking on living east slope vs. west slope, front range vs mtn town ect. they need to riled up over something in the winter...
 

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ft. collins and golden are both great towns. better than average chance of finding good jobs, and both are right at the base of the foothills. golden has excellent paddling just west on the Clear Creek and the gem of cache la poudre is just west of ft. collins. also, boulder is a great town with lots of biking and paddling close by. good luck in your search and welcome to coloardo!
 

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Thanks

Thanks for all the info. I'll be back in touch after we move out, I'll need some paddling partners/guides :D

David
 

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whip said:
I suggest you look for work in all of the west slope resort towns esp durango. The front range is very much like so cal anymore.
Also: Steamboat, Vail, Summit Cnty, Buena Vista, Salida, Glenwood, Aspen, etc
uh - let me clue you in - i doubt there are any manufacturing engineering jobs in durango.
 

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Lakewood is an option too. Your 10 minutes from the golden play park. there is also access to Deckers and some of the rivers near there. Ft. Collins is about an hour away. Good road access to I-70 and downtown. Good if your a skier. Stay away from Aurora though. It may have cheap housing but the access is poor and the crime is bad.
 

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Check out Salida, One of the greatest spots in CO for just about everything except jobs (on the plus side housing is still relatively affordable). Great everyday paddling in town and a great community.

Jobs in most professional fields are limited here (Salida) as is the employee pool, meaning that it is worth digging a bit to see if you can find something suitable in your field--if you have been in the field for a while you probably wont have much intense competition for an opening.

Everyone else is probably right about the front range thing for job potential though.

If you are going to be living in that area and are interested in renewable energy, new urbanism and bike-pedestrian friendly community check out
www.solarvillagelife.com -its in Longmont and looks like a very cool project.
 
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