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Old 07-04-2018, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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Estes Park, Nederland, Woodland Park. Hope you like extreme cold the minute the sun goes down.
Went to Estes Park, maybe 5 years ago. July 4th weekend. Pouring rain, temp maxed at 43.
LOL at "extreme cold". Definitely notice a temperature change though.
It's 77 up here now and it's not even noon. Feels hotter. I'd gladly take 43 degrees and pouring rain!
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Old 07-04-2018, 02:46 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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LOL at "extreme cold". Definitely notice a temperature change though.
It's 77 up here now and it's not even noon. Feels hotter. I'd gladly take 43 degrees and pouring rain!
Ok.... you can have 43f and drizzle for 240-280 days / yr / 24 hrs / day in PNWe-t. ok:

I drop by Colorado in Jan and Feb to Ďwarm-upí.
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Old 07-04-2018, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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For normal construction, Buena Vista
For alternative (earthship, straw bale etc) Crestone although youíll be farther out from DIA.
OP's original post said under 7,500 elevation.

Buena Vista won't work for OP. It's 8,000 elevation.

Crestone won't work. It's 7,923 elevation.
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Old 07-04-2018, 03:51 PM
 
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Good point but I doubt 500 feet will matter.
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Old 07-04-2018, 04:22 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Good point but I doubt 500 feet will matter.
Not a deal breaker...
I'm hesitant to pick a place that's higher than 7500'.

Note that the OP has enjoyed a ‘distant’ view of the mtns in AK, looks like 30miles away. lots of choices for that in CO. But.... I would guess <10% Colo residents can sit on their couch / kitchen table. and enjoy a nice mtn view. I’m glad my CO parents taught me to situate my homes with a nice view from every room. My Laundry and 1 bath are absent territorial views on this home, I will try to do better next time. As a retiree. I finally have time to stay home and enjoy the view. It is really priceless to do so, especially if infirmed / bed ridden. (Very Probable as we age).

Nice mtn views and 2 hrs to a major airport sounds to be SLC (Ogden / Provo), Many Colorado retiree friends rent PT qtrs in UT to enjoy VACANT weekday snow skiing. (Their pics show 3 cars in the ski area lot... lift operator, ski patrol, and them,!) If AK people are ‘wilderness’ low impact and less CROWDS outdoor centric... SLC gets them a lot closer to pristine mtn wilderness. ID, WY, MT, UT, western CO.

Star Valley, WY will get OP to Mtns + income tax free domicile + ‘close enough’ to intl airport, and similar setting as AK (remote) not hoards of people seeking mtns and recreation, and fighting for limited resources. (Traffic). While in AK (and WY), I find the traffic tolerable. (on trails and highways)
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Old 07-04-2018, 07:00 PM
 
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As temperatures rise, I wonder if Colorado will get climate refugees at higher elevations. Coming from Alaska, OP may want a cooler climate and that means higher elevations.
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Old 07-04-2018, 07:08 PM
 
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As temperatures rise, I wonder if Colorado will get climate refugees at higher elevations. Coming from Alaska, OP may want a cooler climate and that means higher elevations.
I've thought about that too. I think it is a real possibility but water issues and altitude effects will limit the number of people who can successfully make that move. Although people live in much hotter climates than here - it may be that to a point, higher temperature is an easier thing to adapt to than lack of water and higher altitude issues.
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Old 07-04-2018, 07:54 PM
 
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I agree about the water issue. I always thought water will eventually dictate growth in Colorado. But I’m not so sure about altitude. Humans are very adaptable. I came from sea level and regularly bag passes on my mountain bike. I’m doing Monarch pass next week. Your body adjusts to the change.
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Old 07-04-2018, 08:25 PM
 
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I agree about the water issue. I always thought water will eventually dictate growth in Colorado. But Iím not so sure about altitude. Humans are very adaptable. I came from sea level and regularly bag passes on my mountain bike. Iím doing Monarch pass next week. Your body adjusts to the change.
Yes, I think for most that is true. But a lot of people do seem to have chronic issues with altitude if they have underlying health issues etc. There are threads in various parts of the Colorado forum about all these issues people have had and the inability of some of them to adapt over time and needing to leave, etc. Most healthy people it wouldn't be an issue, but apparently for some it is.
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Old 07-04-2018, 09:26 PM
 
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Speaking of health issues, I think Tash should worry more about access to health care than altitude. It can be an issue in rural CO. Like all underserved rural areas of the US, it might influence where you settle.
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