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Old 12-09-2011, 07:25 PM
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Originally Posted by ranger36 View Post

I'm from New York and I'm looking to get out of the city and into more peaceful and quiet surroundings. I'm very interested in Colorado, but am not sure where to start. I like the mountains and the snow, but think the front range area would be way too busy for me and want to avoid the more touristy areas. Any thoughts about Montrose? Grand Junction? (Although, I don't want to be too far out west.) I'm open to any other small mountain towns that you think may make a good fit.
Montrose and Grand Junction are quiet, small towns that don't have the touristy feel of other towns. A lot of people would probably refer to these towns as being "in the boonies" in the sense that they are pretty far form civilization and primarily the residence of generations of local area ranching/agriculture families, with a sizeable population of oilfield workers that have come from other areas. These towns are basically peaceful, low crime places. You'll notice a lot of lifted trucks and people are into hunting and boating and generally a conservative/Republican area. People are respectful to eachother and leave you alone. When I lived there I saw absolutely nothign in terms of crime or people causing problems.

The western slope towns are not "in" the mountains, they are about 1/2 drive from sizeable mountains.

Other towns i can suggest in the area, which are smaller than Montrose, and also pretty nice, peaceful places are: Cedaredge, Paonia, Collbran.
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by CMartel2 View Post
You should just bring a gun. You'd be safe. Solitude can be a beautiful thing.
Thanks, but I'm not into weapons. I get all the solitude (and safety) I want in the comfort of my home -- with my dogs. It is blessedly peaceful here, and on moonlit nights, I can see the snowcapped peaks of the San Juans -- now THAT's a wonderful thing. I also get up sometimes in the middle of the night to look out a window to see the Milky Way and the rest of the stars and constellations. I need a good telescope!
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