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Old 12-29-2010, 07:39 PM
 
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im 19 years old, from michigan, and looking to move away. i am considering in this order, utah, colorado, wyoming. i am looking for personal experience with people living in these places. i want to know which is best for being outdoors. since im from michigan, i NEED to have fresh water close by. i also like to snowboard, hike, camp, pretty much anything active outdoors. i like going to nation parks and do some sight seeing. i would prefer to have a warm summer, and a warmer winter, but be able to go snowboarding in the mountains.

just list where youre from/were from and list from your experiences.
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Old 12-30-2010, 12:07 PM
 
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Caveat: I live in New Mexico and moved out here for similar reasons to those stated in your post. I have visited and backpacked/skied in the states you mentioned and have friends in the major cities of those states.

If you want to live in a warm climate but have reasonably close access to snowy mountains I would suggest looking into southern California but you are not going to find significant fresh water there.

If you want to move out west and have much freshwater nearby you are going to be sorely disappointed. Most of what passes for lakes out here would be called mud puddles back east. Most of the bigger lakes are saline and or muddy and not well suited for fishing, canoeing, etc. Many of them that do have 'recreation' are mainly used for powerboating, jetskis, etc.

That said, you might look into Bozeman, MT. It's proximity to Wyoming's Yellowstone Park and the lake there may satisfy you and frankly, Yellowstone is awesome especially for a National Park (I prefer the more undeveloped and less tourist hoarded National Forests). There is also a lot of good skiing in the area but it is a small town. Endless opportunities for backcountry recreation, though.

Another option may be Reno, Nevada for its proximity to Lake Tahoe. It is high desert (read cold but not brutal winter) and is also surrounded by backcountry.

Decent sized rivers in the montane west are farther apart, most of those blue lines on the map can practically be hopped across on rock without getting your feet wet. Where Rivers are concerned your best bet would be the Pacific States, northern CA and north but you mentioned Rocky Mountain states so...

It sounds like Utah would fit the bill best for what you mention but keep in mind that Salt Lake City, is not that warm, it gets snowstorms, etc. Forget about the Great Salt Lake.

Denver has better winter weather (sun) but gets blizzards. The other towns of Colorado are higher up in the mountains and get colder and more snow.

I can't tell you much about Wyoming except for Yellowstone which I addressed above.

You may also want to look into Albuquerque or Santa Fe. Both have proximity to the Rockies and other ranges and while Santa Fe can get cold, it is usually dry. Of course proximity to freshwater is still an issue.
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:52 PM
 
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move to florida the weather is better there anywayz
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:38 PM
 
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im 19 years old, from michigan, and looking to move away. i am considering in this order, utah, colorado, wyoming. i am looking for personal experience with people living in these places. i want to know which is best for being outdoors. since im from michigan, i NEED to have fresh water close by. i also like to snowboard, hike, camp, pretty much anything active outdoors. i like going to nation parks and do some sight seeing. i would prefer to have a warm summer, and a warmer winter, but be able to go snowboarding in the mountains.

just list where youre from/were from and list from your experiences.
This question could really affect answers:

How close to a large city do you want to be?
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Old 03-02-2011, 02:28 PM
 
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Bend Oregon! Osu-cascades campus. Sunny,20 miles to mt bachelor. only downside is not too many jobs... Live off student loans thats what im gonna do!
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