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Old 12-17-2015, 09:20 PM
 
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No offense to the locals there, but I'd never want to live in Alamosa. Unbelievably cold, isolated, and economically depressed. I hear the valley is good for growing some crops, though.
Alamosa and the rest of the SLV are not alone regarding cold and remote. You can say the same thing for South Park (Fairplay), North Park (Walden), Craig, Meeker, Rangely, Gunnison, etc., etc. They are not tourist towns by any stretch. No skiing in these areas. And all the towns have fairly bitter winters. You don't see crazy growth here.

Agriculture is a factor regarding Alamosa and the SLV economy. You also have Adams State College there. But the summers there? It could hit 90 during the day and cool down to 50 at night, sometimes even 45.
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Old 12-17-2015, 09:38 PM
 
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The valley is a fantastically beautiful place scenery wise but it has some issues for anyone wanting to live there. Jobs that pay well? Bring your own. Alkaline levels are fairly high in the soils IIRC. Potable water is also and issue. If ytou can figure out how to overcome these and other issues you might love it there. Good Luck.
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Old 12-19-2015, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Southern Colorado
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Potable water? There is an artesian well next to Hwy 160 and close to Alamosa. Many people get high quality water there for free. As for well water? My neighbor and I either were or are water experts. He tested it. Said it is perfect. I drink it...it tastes perfect. It is melted snow from the neighboring 14,000' mountain ranges. There are still plenty of artesian well in the valley...turning out perfect water.

Alkaline soil? I hope so. Acidic soil points towards nitrates and phosphates...both poisonous in high enough concentrations. Alkalinity is the result of the presence of a lot of sand, gravel, and rocks. The earth is a big rock and it is alkaline. This was a giant lake bed for millions of years. A developer from Denver said the soil for perfect for building homes on. The valley is well known as a good place for farming. That means pretty good soil and water.

People love to pick on the valley. The air and water quality is exceptional. It is windy and it does have cold winters. It is also very good for wind and solar energy. Cheap water via a 100' well. I've seen people go 70', others have gone 120'. Water is deeper as you approach the surrounding mountains of course. Water in the mountains is hit or miss.

There are a couple things the valley does not suffer from....bBad soil, bad water or hot summers. Doesn't stop the haters one little bit. It does have cold winter nights...and sunny days and it is often windy. It is a dry climate so the natural vegetation reflects that.


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The valley is a fantastically beautiful place scenery wise but it has some issues for anyone wanting to live there. Jobs that pay well? Bring your own. Alkaline levels are fairly high in the soils IIRC. Potable water is also and issue. If ytou can figure out how to overcome these and other issues you might love it there. Good Luck.
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Old 02-01-2016, 05:13 PM
 
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I'm one of those freaks that bought the 5 acre SLV plots for 6k (we are going in Rio Grande Ranchos right near the NM border). One lot in particular had more sand, and tiny low growing plants and we chose that one, many of the ones we saw were covered in large sagebrushes 3' tall. Im glad we visited and chose instead of buying online for that reason.

As a farming family business we have bought a lot of properties with potential to grow crops, this isnt one of them however. We do want to put a greenhouse on the land and camp in a trailer temporarily when the Iowa summers are way too intense, we visited a lot of the area properties and absolutely fell in love with just tha one location. It has the most beautiful 360 mountain views either of us had ever seen in the entirety of CO. We met a few cool neighbors driving down the dusty roads who stopped to talk to us with kind encouraging words, they told us about water deliveries to your door in the area for $30 per month and, they even said the large water jugs had unlimited refills so they're good for showers too.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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No offense to the locals there, but I'd never want to live in Alamosa. Unbelievably cold, isolated, and economically depressed. I hear the valley is good for growing some crops, though.
I wouldn't mind living in a isolated smaller town once I get old and in my 40s.
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Old 02-02-2016, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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I wouldn't mind living in a isolated smaller town once I get old and in my 40s.
Old; 40's...what are you, 15 years old? LOL
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Old 02-03-2016, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Old; 40's...what are you, 15 years old? LOL
I'm in my twenties
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Old 02-03-2016, 08:53 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Brat!

Does your mother monitor what you're up to out here on the net?
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Brat!

Does your mother monitor what you're up to out here on the net?
No not at all
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Old 02-22-2016, 09:28 PM
 
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I've owned some land there for years. 1/8 section near Alamosa on 5 Mile Road and a few acres south of San Luis at the wild horse mesa.

I've visited before and loved it there. I want to drill a well and live there for a while. I've read on some other threads where drilling wells can be an issue. However, I see most issues become non issues as soon as you show some cash. My property on 5 Mile has 75% mineral rights. Anyone know more about this ?
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