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Old 08-10-2012, 01:48 PM
 
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We live in the San Luis Valley, and I want to move to Pueblo so my 13 year old daughter is closer to more activities. She likes gymnastics and there is nothing closeby. I would really prefer Denver, but it is out of our price range.

My husband hates city life. He likes to spend his free time in the mountains rockhounding.

Are there places that aren't in the city? Is there any type of hiking/rockhounding scene? How far is it to get to the mountains for hiking?

Thanks!!
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Beulah is the best place for hiking in Pueblo county. It is south west of Pueblo on the "Beulah Highway" and take about 20 minutes to get there. Pueblo Mountain Park is where there are some good hiking trails and technically its a city of Pueblo park so its free.
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Old 08-10-2012, 03:33 PM
 
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Oh cool, thanks! I have never heard of Beulah. I wonder if this might be a good place to look into living? We have always lived in small towns and my Husband is freaking over the thoughts of city living. LOL
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Old 08-10-2012, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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It's a suburb of Pueblo located in the foothill south west of town. I really like it but for me it's a little to small to live in. However if you like small towns then it might be for you.
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:02 AM
 
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I like going through Colorado City and Rye on the way to San Isabel lake, Bishop's Castle, Ophir Creek, etc.

This article here talks about the peak of Greenhorn mountain, the most prominant peak of the Wet Mountain range as it ascends right up from Rye Colorado on the Bartlett Trail from the west side of Rye.

There are a number of trailheads from Rye on up to San Isabel Lake/Lodge and beyond. For example, you can take Rob Road off of 165 well before San Isabel and just before you hook up with Old San Isabel Road, you have some good and secluded camping spots along little creeks that have water in them now... so they must be from springs. You can hook back up with old San Isabel road or even hook up with hwy 242 and find your way out on 3R road, which takes you from Colorado City towards Burnt Mill or across to Beulah.

There are many trailheads and camping spots up through there.

Near Beulah you have Hardscrabble Canyon. But there are countless hiking trails and ATV trails all along 165.

From Beulah, you can drive across a dirt road and wind up just between San Isabel lake and Bishop's Castle. Drive down a bit further and you're at Ophir Creek and to the back side of Greenhorn. Or you can stay north on 165 to 96 where you can go to Wetmore or go further west to Westcliffe/Silvercliffe.

Here's a few pics of Greenhorn Creek from Rye Park my friends and I took just this last Tuesday;







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Old 08-11-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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I always forget about that area...... Good idea too and great pictures.......
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:53 AM
 
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Beulah is beautiful but small and can be a challenge in winter weather. For living, I might suggest Florence or canon city. Only 25 miles from Pueblo and you can still buy a decent house around 100k in either town. Canon has a Walmart for supplies as Florence has a grocery store, Carl's jr drive through, about 5 good restaurants, a couple of dollar stores and art/antique stores. We moved to Florence from many years in Denver. The surrounding scenery, ease to get about and you can walk just about anywhere if you live close in town, attracted our attention. We are currently having a influx moving in, of people from big cities trying to get away from the crowds. We know more friends here in Florence in the 14 months living here than the 14 + years living in a nice Denver neighborhood.
Kids don't need a car here to get around as the schools, library, park, skatepark are walk able. People are just down to earth and very friendly. Florence is also up for state and National Historic Designation. Come visit Florence, you might just stay.
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:40 AM
 
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If you're moving to Pueblo for activities for your daughter there, then move to the Pueblo area itself. Don't saddle yourself with a 30+ mile commute for you or your husband's work or to get your daughter to activities--and 30 miles is what it takes to get to the mountains from Pueblo. The time and escalating fuel costs will make you hate that commute.

Finding a good neighborhood and school in Pueblo can be tricky, but they are there. Also, in Pueblo's defense, I find it generally to be a friendlier and more "small town atmosphere" community in many ways when compared to the other Colorado metro and suburban areas. You will likely find a lot of people from the SLV there--it is a popular place for people from the "Valley" to go to find employment.

The biggest "downer" for me about Pueblo is the brutally hot summers--that will be a big adjustment for you compared to the SLV. Of course, the winters are much warmer, too, which you may like.

As far as getting to the mountains, the nice thing about Pueblo is that, if you head west or south, you are avoiding much of the traffic from Colorado's other metro areas to get to them. The Wet Mountains, Wet Mountain Valley, the eastern Sangre de Cristos, even the SLV are a relatively uncongested, short drive from Pueblo compared to the traffic-choked routes to the mountains out of Denver, Colorado Springs, of Fort Collins.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:27 PM
 
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jazzlover wrote: If you're moving to Pueblo for activities for your daughter there, then move to the Pueblo area itself. Don't saddle yourself with a 30+ mile commute for you or your husband's work or to get your daughter to activities--and 30 miles is what it takes to get to the mountains from Pueblo. The time and escalating fuel costs will make you hate that commute.

Take this suggestion to heart. It will save you many hours of aggravation and stress. You won't find advice any better than this!
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:43 PM
 
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As far as getting to the mountains, the nice thing about Pueblo is that, if you head west or south, you are avoiding much of the traffic from Colorado's other metro areas to get to them. The Wet Mountains, Wet Mountain Valley, the eastern Sangre de Cristos, even the SLV are a relatively uncongested, short drive from Pueblo compared to the traffic-choked routes to the mountains out of Denver, Colorado Springs, of Fort Collins.
Agreed. You have three different roads that lead you west out of Pueblo where Colorado Springs has one-U.S. Highway 24. I've always liked that part of the state.
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