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Old 11-13-2011, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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As a prospective Colorado transplant, I ask you guys, in terms of the beauty of the surroundings , especially concerning how green it is on average, which town is better?
They're both nice. Colorado Springs for some reason is unusually green by Colorado standards. Boulder is nice due to close proximity to the mountains.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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The geography of the Front Range can vary greatly. COS is in the foothills and hilly, and is snuggled right up against the mountains (or at least "The Mountain"). Denver is flat. Boulder is beautiful, but very flat too. If you hike up the Flatirons and look across is becomes apparent how flat it actually is. What makes Fort Collins different from the rest of the FR?

In terms of the beauty of the surroundings, I love Boulder but I'd have to give the edge to the view of Pikes Peak, its surrounding mountains and GotG in the Springs.
Irrigation and agriculture. This year especially it seemed very green. Not the forests, but the flatlands.
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Old 11-14-2011, 04:09 PM
 
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Any other thoughts?
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:48 PM
 
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It's hard to say what town would be the best choice without a little more information. Do you need a job, do you have a family, what else do you expect for amenities?
I echo this post. If the only thing you care about is physical beauty and proximity to trails, etc., then you can't really go wrong with either place. If there are any other considerations whatsoever, the two cities have different strengths/weaknesses. Personally, I'd rather be in Boulder were I single and not interested in family life or the cost of housing. Conversely, as a married professional parent with young kids, I very much appreciate being able to afford a nice home in a very nice neighborhood in Colorado Springs at a reasonable expense. The equivalent in Boulder might cost 2x as much and I personally don't see any reason to pay that premium. Others obviously do, good for them. Again, if neither money nor "culture" is an issue, the physical beauty of both places is roughly equivalent. Both are essentially a "monoculture" politically: Democrats always rule Boulder, Republicans always rule the Springs, which I'm not sure is healthy for either place.
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Any other thoughts?
What do you mean? Beyond your original question?
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:30 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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They're both beautiful, so are many other places in Colorado.

Help us, help you with listing some additional info.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:06 PM
 
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If you are thinking of green like you might find in the pacific northwest or back east you will not find it as much in Colorado. The dominant colors are brown and grey. Sometimes in the spring everything will green up for a month or 2 before reverting to brown.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:33 PM
 
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I love the Pacific Northwest, but I like sunny days, and, living in the north east, I want more sun, not less. Actually, San Fransisco fits me almost perfectly, but those earthquakes make me nervous. But I'm keeping my options open.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:47 PM
 
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Wink A palette of brown & even green

Colorado Springs has a nice view of some lovely mountains, but it is hard to surpass Boulder's location with the Flatirons right in your backyard.

You can throw Fort Collins right into the subjective mix of that view as well, as with a nice enough look at mountains to the west, but nothing like Boulder, and arguably not as good as Colorado Springs, either.

As for shades of brown, welcome to Colorado. It is after all a semi-arid state, and as far as verdant meadows are concerned only a fleeting treat of spring. Although moving higher into the mountains from the front range will help to prolong what otherwise might be a two month wisp of time. Some decent rains, as with this last spring, can also help with that equation. More or less without exception you can expect this to be the rule and experience along the front range.

However once actually in town, it can seem quite green. All these places tend to like their trees, with Boulder in particular a good example of lovely foliage in season. Albeit a little thinner and starker come winter when the leafs have fallen. But also in residence a fair number of evergreens, with of course a good many more immediately to the west in the mountains. Something which would not exist save mankind's intervention, which actually includes a number of trees as well, are all the yard lawns favored. Boulder has its fair share, as does Colorado Springs, Denver, etc., and seemingly a plethora in Fort Collins. One could be excused in thinking water free for these thirsty lawns, if hardly the case. But then come winter many of these lawns tend to look a little brown as well.

Basically, if looking for the precipitation and abundance of greens in the eastern US, one is bound to suffer certain pangs of regret in Colorado. The mountains will come closest to seeming kind of green all year, when not covered in snow, although without the profusion of deciduous trees and other vegetation common in Boulder and other front range towns. Best to accept it for what it is.

Being many shades of lovely brown for months at a time, but often interspersed in lovely colors of green, orange, red, etc., if looked for, or even not. All more usually presented in full panorama due the brilliant sun.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:42 PM
 
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I love the Pacific Northwest, but I like sunny days, and, living in the north east, I want more sun, not less. Actually, San Fransisco fits me almost perfectly, but those earthquakes make me nervous. But I'm keeping my options open.
More sun=less water=less green.

One of the things I miss about Colorado is the more prevalent sunny days, but often being back east having plenty of water and green can be nice too.

All depends what you want.
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