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Old 03-30-2016, 10:25 PM
 
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Consider this as well: Temperature alone is a poor indicator of comfort level. EG this morning the temp was 35, with sunny sky and calm wind. I carried my jacket on most of the 3 mile loop I walked. Now in mid afternoon, the temp is 52 with a brisk wind and cloudy sky, I'm all bundled up AND I'm freezing my ass off.
This is the essence of Colorado weather. Sun makes it feel at least 10, if not 20 degrees warmer.
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Old 04-01-2016, 12:54 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Ruth4Truth: Try the southern edge of the state, bordering NM. Winters have been much milder the last few years.


Yeah, BUT next winter might revert to the norm! Can't count on the milder winters.
Yes, you can, in these days of global warming. Climatologists specializing in the NW say winters will continue to be drier than normal, and temps are edging upward. There will be more record-breaking heat spikes, much less precip in the winter. Tree cover will continue to disappear, victim of summer fires--nature's way of altering the ecosystem to fit with the new climactic reality. The Sonoran desert is coming soon to an environment near you.
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:52 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Try the southern edge of the state, bordering NM. Winters have been much milder the last few years. Consider Pagosa Springs. If you're looking to be in or near the mountains, you'll have colder winters, due to increased elevation. But take a look at Durango, in the SW part of the state, which has some elevation, but not like most of the rest of the state.
Winters have been getting warmer out here - sure enough - but we still get many nights when temps fall to below zero even here in the "banana belt" where Cortez is located. Not being in the banana belt, Durango gets plenty of snow and cold. I would hazard the guess that Durango actually averages more snow and cold temps than most of the Front Range. You can't get anymore southern or western in the state of Colorado than Cortez (or Durango). You might try various parts of New Mexico instead.
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Old 04-01-2016, 09:31 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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No, not necessary to be Colorado. I live in Vermont and just want something different.
Seriously consider OR, WA and Northern CA. All have moderate climates, mtns, recreation, coastline, wide range of climates (tho none as sunny and dry as CO), and much more like VT than the vast majority of CO. East of Cascades is drier and cheaper, Bend, OR; Wenatchee WA; Spokane, WA. WA will be best for retirement taxes, and has a better economy for your skillset. If you like fishing and hunting, these places will be a good choice.

Also consider Northern ID. Quite snowy, but quite decent winters and gorgeous summers. If you like recreation / camping, Consider to be near Canada. The campgrounds there are very nice and not at all crowded.


Since you are a HvEqOp, you likely have your CDL, so you can load up a semitruck and head west. I also have found really good rates on Uship.com for entire semi loads. (I recently moved some of my farm stuff from WA to Hill Country of TX.). Dozer, trucks, cycles, diesel cars, welders, machine shop...
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Old 04-02-2016, 12:07 PM
 
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Winters have been getting warmer out here - sure enough - but we still get many nights when temps fall to below zero even here in the "banana belt" where Cortez is located. Not being in the banana belt, Durango gets plenty of snow and cold. I would hazard the guess that Durango actually averages more snow and cold temps than most of the Front Range. You can't get anymore southern or western in the state of Colorado than Cortez (or Durango). You might try various parts of New Mexico instead.
Thanks for the detail about Durango. I agree with the suggestions on this thread to look at NM. Northern NM is still in the mountains, which the OP seems to have as a priority, but milder winters. Taos, NM could be a good fit for the OP. Easy access to hiking. Santa Fe, too, but it's a bigger town, and access to hiking isn't quite so easy, but definitely there are avid hikers there.
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Old 04-03-2016, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, AZ
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Also look into northern Arizona south to Dewey-Humboldt, much warmer areas but not blazing hot like Phoenix.
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