Future Move to Colorado - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ General Discussion Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 10-25-2015, 02:55 PM
Thread Starter
  #1
Jeeper
 
raif281's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Norco, LA
Posts: 2,310
Future Move to Colorado

What's up guys and gals, I'm posting here because lately I've been seeing great pictures from fellow jeepers throughout Colorado. Now it's kind of got me wanting to move out there as here in Louisiana we don't have any scenery at all besides swamps. Some other reasons I want to move up to Colorado are the great outdoors activities from atv riding, trails to take jeep and walk, maybe snowboarding, waterfalls and creeks. There seems to be open fields and mountains to drive up and around which is awesome since there is nothing similar here, everything is privately owned, it's not 90 with feel like temps in the 100's + with high humidity and last the mountains. Ive never been in the mountains before and looking forward to doing some actual trail riding, exploring and hiking for once.



I wouldn't be moving until I finish school for industrial instrumentation in 1.5-2 years. I googled around a bit and it looks like the Denver area would be a good location, specifically thinking the Boulder area. I have a few questions/requests from you guys

1) Where would you stay in the Denver area or just Colorado in general and why?

2) How's the road salt up there? do they even use road salt anymore? don't want my jeep to start rusting out on me! also how is the snow during winter generally? I know sometimes weather can get really bad like anywhere else.

3) As stated above I'm going for instrumentation, does anyone know of any refineries, chemical or petroleum type plants in the Denver area? I saw their was a suncor refinery and energy plant northeast of Denver I think in commerce city

4) What does a jeepers typical weekend consist of up there? do yall have jeep events like rides and places to ride?
today in Louisiana we have really the only big jeep which is called jeep jaunt, I think everyone meets up at a place and gets police escorted to a movie theater parking lot and just hangouts an listens to a band and a few raffles. that's cool and all but I mean anyone can do that so its not to fun and interesting to me.

5) Show me some personal pictures you have taken of what you do with your jeep up there, some of the places you go ride or just some places you want to go.

thanks in advance for reading this long post and replying!!

raif281 is offline   Quote
Old 10-25-2015, 04:01 PM   #2
Jeeper
 
Owen_TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 4,883
Boulder is super expensive, just keep that in mind.

1. i love the denver area - i'm currently trying to move toward castle rock as my office is at lincoln and 25 which is close to castle rock. Right now i'm in Aurora (the nice part of aurora) on the denver boarder right around alameda and 225. Everything i like to do is within 20 minutes and i also have quick access to 70 to hit the mountains for snowboarding. I moved here 6 years ago from Iowa.

2. They dont use salt. no worries.

3. no idea for this one lol

4. yes they have jeep events throughout the weekends - its getting to the end of season, some trails are already done, but during the end of spring and throughout summer the trails are fantastic. Go to TrailDamage.com and check out the colorado trails. There are a few hangouts but not many, most of the time its just meeting at the trail head and then heading out!

5. Here are a few of mine









and some older ones









__________________
My build thread

Highlights (sold)
6" combo lift, Ford 8.8, Chromoly front shafts, 4.88 gears, UCF Tummy Tuck, Cable shifter, SSSYE, Adams Shaft, Tube Fenders, Bilstein 5100's, 35" tires, Adjustable control arms, Durango box, Iron Rock steering, and lots more (with more to come).
Owen_TJ is offline   Quote
Old 10-25-2015, 06:17 PM
Thread Starter
  #3
Jeeper
 
raif281's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Norco, LA
Posts: 2,310
Quote:
Originally Posted by Owen_TJ View Post
Boulder is super expensive, just keep that in mind.

1. i love the denver area - i'm currently trying to move toward castle rock as my office is at lincoln and 25 which is close to castle rock. Right now i'm in Aurora (the nice part of aurora) on the denver boarder right around alameda and 225. Everything i like to do is within 20 minutes and i also have quick access to 70 to hit the mountains for snowboarding. I moved here 6 years ago from Iowa.

2. They dont use salt. no worries.

3. no idea for this one lol

4. yes they have jeep events throughout the weekends - its getting to the end of season, some trails are already done, but during the end of spring and throughout summer the trails are fantastic. Go to TrailDamage.com and check out the colorado trails. There are a few hangouts but not many, most of the time its just meeting at the trail head and then heading out!

5. Here are a few of mine and some older ones

is it really? I didn't know that thanks, is their somewhere where would you recommend that's less expensive to live?

that's awesome man even though I have no idea where those roads are lol. I just didn't want to be to in the city you know.

good deal no need to worry then.

yeah most people have no idea what that stuff is or where it would be.

that's still cool though as like I said we don't have much so anything would be better. honestly the first few weeks or months after I move up there almost every weekend I would probably be out and about exploring and trail riding. lots of trails just west of Denver I see

great pics man, stuff like this really makes me want to move up there! must be awesome to just be able to go out and hit a trail or an open area!

thanks for replying
raif281 is offline   Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 10-26-2015, 10:04 AM
Thread Starter
  #4
Jeeper
 
raif281's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Norco, LA
Posts: 2,310
did some looking and I'm defiantly not moving to Boulder area. Maybe Lakewood, Arvada, engelwood, Firestone, Fredrick, and golden area are some towns I've come up with for now.
raif281 is offline   Quote
Old 11-03-2015, 03:59 PM   #5
Jeeper
 
Owen_TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 4,883
Yeah...its pricey for sure...

you're getting kinda out there with firestone and fredrick...golden is also hard to come by as its a small/tight town

I love my current area and am buying a place within the next 6 months (i just signed a non renewable 6 month lease) - going to look in my current area as well as a bit south...

good luck with the move! You'll be pumped to get out of ca
__________________
My build thread

Highlights (sold)
6" combo lift, Ford 8.8, Chromoly front shafts, 4.88 gears, UCF Tummy Tuck, Cable shifter, SSSYE, Adams Shaft, Tube Fenders, Bilstein 5100's, 35" tires, Adjustable control arms, Durango box, Iron Rock steering, and lots more (with more to come).
Owen_TJ is offline   Quote
Old 11-03-2015, 06:15 PM   #6
Jeeper
 
callbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Cortez Colo
Posts: 1,012
Colorado is closed, move along, nothing to see here. j/k as long as you stay on the east side of the mountain. enjoy
callbob is offline   Quote
Old 11-03-2015, 07:41 PM
Thread Starter
  #7
Jeeper
 
raif281's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Norco, LA
Posts: 2,310
Quote:
Originally Posted by Owen_TJ View Post
Yeah...its pricey for sure... you're getting kinda out there with firestone and fredrick...golden is also hard to come by as its a small/tight town I love my current area and am buying a place within the next 6 months (i just signed a non renewable 6 month lease) - going to look in my current area as well as a bit south... good luck with the move! You'll be pumped to get out of ca
yeah I'm noticing that more and more now. nice man, I'll be looking into getting a job at the coors plant in golden. thanks bud and yes I am! ready to move now lol.


Quote:
Originally Posted by callbob View Post
Colorado is closed, move along, nothing to see here. j/k as long as you stay on the east side of the mountain. enjoy
hahaa, thanks bud looking forward to it.
raif281 is offline   Quote
Old 11-04-2015, 12:30 AM   #8
Moderator

WF Lifetime Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Laggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 3,708
Move to the mountains. Summit County/Eagle County you can earn a boatload of money. Better outdoor access. Central/SW is nice just less money to be made.
__________________
Laggy's 2013 JKUR Build
Laggy's 97 Build Thread SOLD

Here it is standing: atoms with consciousness; matter with curiosity. Stands at the sea, wonders at wondering: I, a universe of atoms an atom in the universe. - Richard Feynman
Laggy is offline   Quote
Old 11-05-2015, 09:38 AM
Thread Starter
  #9
Jeeper
 
raif281's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Norco, LA
Posts: 2,310
Quote:
Originally Posted by Laggy View Post
Move to the mountains. Summit County/Eagle County you can earn a boatload of money. Better outdoor access. Central/SW is nice just less money to be made.

gotcha laggy thanks bud, boatload of money doing what though?
raif281 is offline   Quote
Old 11-06-2015, 05:58 AM   #10
Moderator

WF Lifetime Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Laggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 3,708
Service industry. IT. Mechanical repair on snowmobiles, trucks and snow cats at the resorts. HVAC. Tourism is huge. Get linked up with anything fed by that money.
__________________
Laggy's 2013 JKUR Build
Laggy's 97 Build Thread SOLD

Here it is standing: atoms with consciousness; matter with curiosity. Stands at the sea, wonders at wondering: I, a universe of atoms an atom in the universe. - Richard Feynman
Laggy is offline   Quote
Old 11-06-2015, 01:21 PM   #11
Jeeper
 
JFjeld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Frederick, CO
Posts: 635
I moved my family here to CO from IA 3 years ago. We live in Frederick/Firestone. I can be in Boulder, Denver, or Ft. Collins in 30 minutes from my house. House prices anywhere around here aren't cheap, but we bought when prices were low, and our house has already appreciated a lot in just 3 years. I wanted to be in Boulder, but as said, its just ridiculously expensive. Weld County, which is where I'm at, has a lot of gas/oil/fracking, which may be conducive to your background. I, myself, am in IT.

We love it out here. I got back into skiing, I mountain bike, hike, and, of course, wheel a lot.

Check out my YouTube Channel here; I post a lot of wheeling vids: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6a...Vp58--kni7GzhQ

A few pics for you:



















__________________
2001 2.5L TJ, HPD30/D44 with dual OX and 4.88, full armor, X20-8 winch, 35" STTs on TMI beadlocks, 1" BL, 1" Brown Dog MML, 4.5" suspension w/ fully adjustable control arms and tie rod upgrade, OBA, Novak Shifter, PS hood louver, Teraflex ESS SYE, UCF UHC tummy tuck, Adams Driveshaft
JFjeld is offline   Quote
Old 11-06-2015, 03:07 PM   #12
Moderator

WF Lifetime Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Laggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 3,708
In the end, Rockies, Sierra Nevadas, or Cascades are the ultimate places to be in the US with a jeep. imo.
__________________
Laggy's 2013 JKUR Build
Laggy's 97 Build Thread SOLD

Here it is standing: atoms with consciousness; matter with curiosity. Stands at the sea, wonders at wondering: I, a universe of atoms an atom in the universe. - Richard Feynman
Laggy is offline   Quote
Old 11-06-2015, 03:28 PM   #13
Jeeper
 
NakedJeeper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 535
I could make a pitch for Colorado Springs. Median home prices here are low $200k. There is lots of local wheeling. No road salt. Milder winters than Denver.

But instrumentation.. Hmmm. We have a few military bases that use civilians.. Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, Ft Carson, and Cheyenne Mountain. They are expanding the coal fire power plant, and need to build another plant, maybe.. Not sure if this is helpful, but there you go!
__________________
Rig Rater Score: 721
NakedJeeper is offline   Quote
Old 11-06-2015, 03:54 PM   #14
Jeeper
 
DarthLEGO's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: NW Florida
Posts: 430
Quote:
Originally Posted by NakedJeeper View Post
I could make a pitch for Colorado Springs. Median home prices here are low $200k. There is lots of local wheeling. No road salt. Milder winters than Denver.

But instrumentation.. Hmmm. We have a few military bases that use civilians.. Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, Ft Carson, and Cheyenne Mountain. They are expanding the coal fire power plant, and need to build another plant, maybe.. Not sure if this is helpful, but there you go!
Thanks for this. My company may be looking at building another Operations Center out that way and I heard rumor it may be at COS. I was wondering how the salt, wheeling and other stuff was. But am I close to good snow? lol I have lived in Florida for the last 12 years and kind of miss it. Plus I don't think my LJ or CJ have ever seen it.

Also, do the homes have decent yards? I have 4 big dogs - who love riding with me - and I want to make sure they have room to play. Postage stamp sized lots are not in my vocabulary.
__________________
Driving a Jeep is like riding in a roller coaster everyday!
DarthLEGO is offline   Quote
Old 11-07-2015, 01:12 AM   #15
Moderator

WF Lifetime Member
::WF Moderator::
 
Laggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 3,708
Quote:
Originally Posted by NakedJeeper View Post
I could make a pitch for Colorado Springs. Median home prices here are low $200k. There is lots of local wheeling. No road salt. Milder winters than Denver.

But instrumentation.. Hmmm. We have a few military bases that use civilians.. Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, Ft Carson, and Cheyenne Mountain. They are expanding the coal fire power plant, and need to build another plant, maybe.. Not sure if this is helpful, but there you go!
X2. Springs has awesome access. Good size. Park County is way less crowded than Summit/Eagle. Good access to central Colorado.
__________________
Laggy's 2013 JKUR Build
Laggy's 97 Build Thread SOLD

Here it is standing: atoms with consciousness; matter with curiosity. Stands at the sea, wonders at wondering: I, a universe of atoms an atom in the universe. - Richard Feynman
Laggy is offline   Quote
Old 11-07-2015, 09:41 AM   #16
Jeeper
 
NakedJeeper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 535
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarthLEGO View Post
Thanks for this. My company may be looking at building another Operations Center out that way and I heard rumor it may be at COS. I was wondering how the salt, wheeling and other stuff was. But am I close to good snow? lol I have lived in Florida for the last 12 years and kind of miss it. Plus I don't think my LJ or CJ have ever seen it.

Also, do the homes have decent yards? I have 4 big dogs - who love riding with me - and I want to make sure they have room to play. Postage stamp sized lots are not in my vocabulary.
We have about 10,000 SqFt, but typical lot sizes in town are 6-8000 SqFt, but there are lots of 3-5 acre properties around the perimeter, too. Good snow isn't too far, but I don't ski so don't ask for details!
__________________
Rig Rater Score: 721
NakedJeeper is offline   Quote
Old 11-07-2015, 11:19 AM   #17
Jeeper
 
DarthLEGO's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: NW Florida
Posts: 430
Quote:
Originally Posted by NakedJeeper View Post
We have about 10,000 SqFt, but typical lot sizes in town are 6-8000 SqFt, but there are lots of 3-5 acre properties around the perimeter, too. Good snow isn't too far, but I don't ski so don't ask for details!
Awesome. Thanks. I don't ski either. Just miss the beauty of it and "playing"
__________________
Driving a Jeep is like riding in a roller coaster everyday!
DarthLEGO is offline   Quote
Old 11-08-2015, 11:12 AM
Thread Starter
  #18
Jeeper
 
raif281's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Norco, LA
Posts: 2,310
Quote:
Originally Posted by Laggy View Post
Service industry. IT. Mechanical repair on snowmobiles, trucks and snow cats at the resorts. HVAC. Tourism is huge. Get linked up with anything fed by that money.
thanks laggy I'll be sure to look into those areas.

Quote:
Originally Posted by JFjeld View Post
I moved my family here to CO from IA 3 years ago. We live in Frederick/Firestone. I can be in Boulder, Denver, or Ft. Collins in 30 minutes from my house. House prices anywhere around here aren't cheap, but we bought when prices were low, and our house has already appreciated a lot in just 3 years.

I wanted to be in Boulder, but as said, its just ridiculously expensive. Weld County, which is where I'm at, has a lot of gas/oil/fracking, which may be conducive to your background. I, myself, am in IT. We love it out here. I got back into skiing, I mountain bike, hike, and, of course, wheel a lot. Check out my YouTube Channel here; I post a lot of wheeling vids: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6a...Vp58--kni7GzhQ A few pics for you:

thanks bud. I like that area because it's out the city but still can be there quickly. I'll look into weld county for sure, hahaa county I'll have to get use to that word. we have parishes here in Louisiana.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Laggy View Post
In the end, Rockies, Sierra Nevadas, or Cascades are the ultimate places to be in the US with a jeep. imo.
I agree.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NakedJeeper View Post
I could make a pitch for Colorado Springs. Median home prices here are low $200k. There is lots of local wheeling. No road salt. Milder winters than Denver. But instrumentation.. Hmmm. We have a few military bases that use civilians.. Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, Ft Carson, and Cheyenne Mountain. They are expanding the coal fire power plant, and need to build another plant, maybe.. Not sure if this is helpful, but there you go!
I havnt even looked into Colorado Springs. I saw there were a few military bases that had jobs posted for instrument techs. it is thanks bud!
raif281 is offline   Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 12:05 PM
Thread Starter
  #19
Jeeper
 
raif281's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Norco, LA
Posts: 2,310
still hunting for jobs out in Colorado! I had 2 phone interviews with MedImmune who bought Amgen in Boulder but havnt heard back in almost 2 weeks. left the hiring manager a message yesterday to get in touch with me. any more advice on instrument tech jobs in the Colorado area would be appreciated
raif281 is offline   Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 01:36 PM   #20
Jeeper
 
Trogd0r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Westminster, CO
Posts: 53
The average price for a house in Boulder just broke 1 million, and those prices are driving the surrounding areas up as well. The whole state feels like it's getting too expensive to live in. Good jeeping though
Trogd0r is offline   Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 01:59 PM
Thread Starter
  #21
Jeeper
 
raif281's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Norco, LA
Posts: 2,310
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trogd0r View Post
The average price for a house in Boulder just broke 1 million, and those prices are driving the surrounding areas up as well. The whole state feels like it's getting too expensive to live in. Good jeeping though
I've decided to stay away from Boulder, I know that place is way expensive. I'm just trying to find a job out there, and gonna move according to where the job is
raif281 is offline   Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 02:16 PM   #22
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Colorado
Posts: 104
I can't really help you with the job locations and what not but I've lived in co my whole life and it's a GREAT place to live. Lots of jeep clubs and most places a quick 1-3 hour drive to get into the mountains and foothills areas.

Cdot does great work and no salt (I think).

Some other nice places to consider:
Parker
Highlands ranch
Greenvalley ranch
Littleton
Elizabeth
Franktown
Co springs (kind of far from Denver)
Centennial
Castle rock

Obviously the job you land will mostly dictate your location but there's a ton of great towns.
Keep in mind the cost of living here has skyrocketed the last 2 years. If you're buying a house look to spend at least 20% more than what it was worth 2 years ago.

Micro pubs are a plus, loads of great local beer joints to check out
StickersTJ is offline   Quote
Old 07-26-2016, 07:28 PM
Thread Starter
  #23
Jeeper
 
raif281's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Norco, LA
Posts: 2,310
Quote:
Originally Posted by StickersTJ View Post
I can't really help you with the job locations and what not but I've lived in co my whole life and it's a GREAT place to live. Lots of jeep clubs and most places a quick 1-3 hour drive to get into the mountains and foothills areas.

Cdot does great work and no salt (I think)
That's some of the main reasons why I wan to move out there! From what I've read and been told I'm pretty sure they don't use salt anymore.






Quote:
Originally Posted by StickersTJ View Post
Some other nice places to consider: Parker
Highlands ranch
Greenvalley ranch
Littleton
Elizabeth
Franktown
Co springs (kind of far from Denver) Centennial
Castle rock

Obviously the job you land will mostly dictate your location but there's a ton of great towns. Keep in mind the cost of living here has skyrocketed the last 2 years. If you're buying a house look to spend at least 20% more than what it was worth 2 years ago. Micro pubs are a plus, loads of great local beer joints to check out
Correct hopefully I get a job in a good location! Yes I am aware cost of living has gone up a lot, I am looking to stay directly out of Denver as I don't like the city much lol. Good deal I can always go for a good beer lol!

raif281 is offline   Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:33 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, Gladiator, Mopar and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to FCA US LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with FCA US LLC.