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Old 09-12-2011, 12:13 PM
 
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@suzco, I love being able to know everyone. Here, I can walk into the grocery store and spend an hour just saying hi to everyone. I also want my kids to be able to play sports, a bigger school will have more kids trying out, so they might have a chance of not making the team. I love eating out, and resturants are huge for me. I also am a massage therapist, so I want to make sure there is a place (spa or rec center so I can work there) and enough people to become clients (I might even go out on my own at some point). I am sick of 500 inches of snow, and would like to be in a warmer climate. Close to a ski hill, as my kids love to ski, but not afraid to drive there. Close (within an hour or so) of a mero area. Right now I have to drive 3 hours to go to the nearest costco, target, and home depot.
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:18 PM
 
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Mueller State Park puts you close enough to Woodland Park to have a walmart and a Safeway, plus other things you seek. And WP is not all that far from COLO SPGS and tons of shopping and entertainment options. There should be enough population in WP to support a massage therapist.

Cheyenne Mountain State Park is right on the Front Range near Fort Carson and would allow living in WP, or Canon City.

Eleven Mile and Spinney Mountain State Parks are a bit further west of Mueller and would also put you in a good place to use WP as your home.
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Old 09-12-2011, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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If Golden Gate Canyon is on the list it seems like it might work well for you.
Colorado State Park
There are several locations you could live within a 10-30 minute drive to the Park (Golden Gate Canyon, Cold Creek Canyon, Nederland). Golden is around a 40 minute drive (not exactly sure).
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Old 09-13-2011, 12:04 AM
 
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Wink Metro kind of SP

From what you've said it appears the best option is to locate somewhere near the front range.

There are of course options near Grand Junction, but if it is not cosmopolitan enough for you then possibly better options near Glenwood Springs of not much interest, either. Difficulty with the front range, particularly with horses, will be the higher real estate prices, if less than near ski resorts.

With that in mind, you might try Jackson Lake State Park, east of Greeley. Possibly still close enough to consider visits to Ft. Collins feasible, but surely more affordable real estate. There are plenty of people with horses in the vicinity of Ft. Collins and Loveland, so maybe if far enough removed from one of these towns something would be feasible. A number of options in this area, with one being Lory SP, or another St. Vrain SP.

As mentioned, something near Colorado Springs might be possible. Mueller SP appears most likely from a map, if in the mountains. No idea on the exact real estate costs in the area.

You'll also note that there are several options in state parks near Denver, with maybe some of the outlying ones possible if one lives beyond them farther from Denver.

Eldorado Canyon SP, near Boulder, is a lovely place. Even as one approaches it an obviously fine place for horses. But good luck affording the real estate. However if actually living farther out . . .
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