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Old 06-26-2006, 02:12 AM
 
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Hi, first post. In the near future I will be building a log home. It will be off the grid, solar powered. I'll be looking for mountain real estate with a commute no longer than 45 minutes from one of the major population centers of either Ft. Collins, Denver, or Colorado Springs.

For Ft. Collins, I have looked into the Red Feather Lakes region, which has some beautiful mountain real estate, but when it comes to either Denver or Colorado Springs, I don't know which areas to look. Can I get the names of some alpine areas within 45 minutes of those two cities? Thanks in advance!
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Old 06-27-2006, 02:28 PM
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Conifer may be worth looking into
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Old 06-27-2006, 11:20 PM
 
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Thanks, I'll check out Conifer. Any other rural mountain areas?
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:28 AM
 
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Thanks, I'll check out Conifer. Any other rural mountain areas?
Woodland Park is a smallish community of about 7,000 people and about 8,500 ft elevation roughly 30 minutes west of Colorado Springs (depending on traffic) and there are several even smaller "townlets" in between (Green Mountain Falls, etc.).
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Old 11-24-2015, 12:55 PM
 
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I'd go a little further west than Woodland Park into Divide or Lake George. They will be closer to the 1 hour mark than 45 minutes though.
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Old 11-24-2015, 06:28 PM
 
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For Colorado Springs your options are pretty much up highway 24 - anywhere up Ute Pass to Woodland Park (25 minutes), Divide (35 minutes or a bit more), or possibly as far as Florissant (45ish minutes). You may find something north of Woodland Park on or near highway 67, or south of Divide also on highway 67, but obviously you cannot go far from either community and stay within your time limit. Lake George is really more like an hour from the Springs, in spite of what Google maps thinks. These times assume the best possible conditions - no weather issues, road work, backed up traffic, etc.

For Denver you should clarify if you want the commute distance to be to Denver itself, or to the Denver metro area. A bit of an off-the-wall idea would be southwest of Sedalia, perhaps as far as Rampart Range Road. The more obvious locations are Conifer, as mentioned, Evergreen, maybe (?) up toward Black Hawk, and all points in between.

You might just get to the southern city limits of Ft. Collins from Drake in 45 minutes on a good day.

Here is the problem though - any any of these areas it is very easy to get 10, 15, or even more minutes from a paved road. So, the area or community may easily be accessible within 40 or 45 minutes, but the lot or land you have chosen will be much farther in time even though it is only three or four miles off the highway.

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Old 11-24-2015, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Guys, you are giving advice to someone who asked their question over nine years ago! In fact, the last time that Nirky was even on City-Data was in 2007.

This must be a record for time lapsed to answer a post.
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Old 11-24-2015, 11:28 PM
 
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Holy resurection batman. Must be off the grid by now lol.
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Old 11-25-2015, 02:40 PM
 
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Guys, you are giving advice to someone who asked their question over nine years ago! In fact, the last time that Nirky was even on City-Data was in 2007.

This must be a record for time lapsed to answer a post.
Interesting, I see that now. The thread was third from the top when I pulled up City Data yesterday so I just assumed it was a recent, active thread. Odd that a thread 9 years old would be sitting third from the top, as threads are typically chronological from most recent.
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Old 11-27-2015, 02:01 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Guys, you are giving advice to someone who asked their question over nine years ago! ...
It's always a good idea to provide current info in case someone else is looking for same info (highly likely with millions of readers and CO influx to match.)

Seems the comments added were of value, despite the age of thread.

Maybe recent fracking is now freeing up some natural gas so more people can be off grid .
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