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View Poll Results: Which town would you rather live in?
Durango 34 60.71%
Montrose 22 39.29%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 01-27-2015, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Doing a follow-up on a thread that I started. I moved to Montrose after 2 years in Durango and lived there for a year and a half. I'm happy to say that I was given the opportunity to leave Montrose a couple of months ago and will NEVER be back. I hereby retract any statement(s) I made saying that Montrose was a better place than Durango. I was dead wrong.

Montrose natives & long-time residents are the type who shun all forms of progress and hate the idea of any new person moving to town and "ruining" their community. I never felt welcome while I was there and got fed up with the bass ackwards ways and rude people I dealt with on a daily basis. I consider myself a republican, but the town is so overly conservative that it can't get out of it's own way.

The economy is totally stagnant and there are a TON of empty storefronts throughout the town. Dining options, well, suck. You have the choice of Chili's, Applebee's, mediocre Mexican food and a bunch of overpriced local restaurants with food that is mediocre at best. Young and single? Forget about it. Everyone marries their high school sweetheart, pops out a kid or two before they turn 21 and only mingles with the circle of friends they had in high school. I found it very difficult to make any new friends while I was there.

If given a mulligan, I never would have left Durango. Those were 2 of the best years of my life. Glad I was able to move on and start over fresh after Montrose. I'm happier now than I ever was when I was there.
Thanks for the follow up. I would have guessed this, but then I love Durango. I half-heartedly think about moving there all the time.
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Old 01-30-2015, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Evergreen, Colorado
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Thanks for the information.
Being a front-ranger, I would not have known.

Always thought Ouray was underrated, but I like small towns.
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:08 PM
 
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Wink Montrose, Durango, then Ouray

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Always thought Ouray was underrated, but I like small towns.

Ouray doesn't seem to be underrated—at least not in the estimation of many on this forum who seem to love it. And why not? Being a quaint town within one of the most spectacular settings in Colorado.

But if only 36 miles distant, it is another county and a world removed from Montrose. Pagosa Springs has a good view of the snowcapped San Juan mountains to the north, but in my estimation there is none better than if to the north of them, looking south. Montrose has that, with the view even better as one travels south. But it is not in the mountains, only looking at them from a distance. Nor is it a mountain town in spirit.

In certain locations around Durango one can be afforded a good if somewhat distant view of the snowcapped San Juan. If at a remove from the highest peaks it still feels something of a mountain town as residing within the narrow valley of their flanks. To that extent it is in the mountains, with lovely views of same close up. So in location and ambience quite a bit different from Montrose. One could as well argue that Durango is more of a tourist town than Montrose, and they seem to cater to somewhat different clienteles.

Ouray being different in this, too. If within a deep box canyon, and a fairly level drive out to Montrose and points beyond, it very much is of the mountains and within. The Million Dollar Highway begins on the far south edge of town, winding up in steep switchbacks to follow along breathtaking near cliffs the Umcompahgre River towards Ironton Park and Red Mountain Pass.

Jeep rentals and tours are big business in the summer. But many another surely visit for little more than to relax and unwind within a salubrious mountain setting. That enhanced by the often old authentic Victorian businesses and small residences.

Montrose can offer little of that. Insofar tourism, it is probably more favored by sportsmen. As a home base while visiting the area, perhaps in part because it is the largest town in its region and can offer more services (in example, Ouray has but a small grocery with limited selection and high prices). Ouray offers a perhaps not unsurprising number of restaurants for a small town with a permanent population of but about 1,000. If some seasonal, as the variety a reflection of the heavy summer tourist demand. But fast food and the larger chains will only be found in Montrose. Durango the same in this regard.

They are all rather different towns, and will feel as much.
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Old 08-29-2015, 05:53 PM
 
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What are the opportunities to buy a 5 - 10 acre farm with apple trees, or other fruit bearing trees in Montrose or Delta? After reading several posts, we might prefer Montrose over Durango to retire.

We are planning a trip through Durango, up to Grand Junction. I heard Montrose Valley and Delta County are popular with Apple farmers. Hopefully retired and leaving Arizona in 5 to 10 years.
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Old 08-29-2015, 07:49 PM
 
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What are the opportunities to buy a 5 - 10 acre farm with apple trees, or other fruit bearing trees in Montrose or Delta? After reading several posts, we might prefer Montrose over Durango to retire.

We are planning a trip through Durango, up to Grand Junction. I heard Montrose Valley and Delta County are popular with Apple farmers. Hopefully retired and leaving Arizona in 5 to 10 years.
I know they grow peaches up in the Palisades area near Grand Junction, and some wineries there too.
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:42 PM
 
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Hotchkiss, Paonia, & Crawford is another fruit growing area in Delta County.
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