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Cheryl

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#1 Jun 8, 2006
Been looking at ranches in Major's Ranch. Like the area alot. Found a great place, but was unable to secure a job in the area, and was unable to move. A retired couple has since bought that ranch. Can anyone in LaVeta and Major's Ranch, specifically, give me an idea of year-round living there. Also, negatives and positives of living in Major's Ranch. I'm still resolved to this move, but am always looking for more information.
Thank you.
Cheryl
Cheryl

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#2 Oct 24, 2006
Feel free to delete my post. Evidently, no one has a single thought on the LaVeta area. You answered the question of whether or not to live there. Nut-jobs.
From the more refined area of CA. I remain...
Scott

Aurora, CO

#4 Apr 12, 2007
Hello Cheryl,

Major Ranch is a great place to live. You cannot imagine more solitude in a place. As far as jobs go, there are very few in that area and most would be taken by locals. It is more of a place to retire to or work from home or ranch.
Cheryl

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#5 May 19, 2007
Thank you for your response, Scott. We loved the place on Ketchum, but alas it was not to be ours. It has not tempered our desire to continue looking in the area. Our friends are in Trinidad on SFTR and love it there. We personally don't care to be involved in "POA" dues and the water rights situation is a bit dicey, but we love everything else. We know that the best route to take is to freelance or have home businesses. My husband is in entertainment and writes. I'm a writer and am thinking in terms of an eBay business. And we have greyhounds and want to have a couple of Suri Alpacas. We have a lot to learn with regard to the Alpacas. All in good time.
Taxess Bowie

Colorado Springs, CO

#6 Jul 17, 2007
Cheryl wrote:
Nut-jobs.
From the more refined area of CA. I remain...
The wife and I spent a few weeks checking out Majors Ranch. I agree, I'm not real crazy about the way water is handled, but you have to live by the rules that are in place; there are reasons for them. As far as the people, all I met were outgoing, friendly, and helpful to the extreme; going so far as to shut down a paying job to lead me to a site for sale. That is money out of their pocket just to help a complete stranger. Says a lot in my book.
As far as the POA dues? I come from an area where those dues are used to maintain roads and make certain no one opens a pig farm next to your home. 200 bux a year is cheap insurance. And I don't mind pulling together with my neighbors when it could save your home, or even your life.
No, there is not much industry in the area, but Trinidad, Pueblo, and Alamosa seem to be thriving. I don't know how much of a call there is for entertainers, but Alamosa has a small theater that, I'm told, has regular events. It may not be a paying job, or up to CA standards, but it IS fun.
One thing to remember, people out here often have to actually, and actively, do things differently form city folk in order to survive. The winters will kill you if you aren't prepared; not to mention some of the wildlife that will not only eat your garbage, but your pets and your spouse. If you decide to move to the Colorado mountains, listen to the advice you are given. People will help you more than you think ... IF you are willing to be one of them. If you come here and try changing everything and everybody to California ways, you will be very lonely. And the people that you could have depended on in the time of need, won't remember your name.
Personally, even though I don't know these NUT JOBS, I'd ride the river with most of them. They are a good, hearty, hard-working, industrious, intelligent people, not given to being looked down upon or patronized.
It is nothing like living in a metropolitan area and you should research everything you can find before you make a decision to move to an area that can be dangerous to your very life. Medical care is not close. Law enforcement is not close. You may be snowed in for days, or even weeks, depending on where you settle. If you want a Coke or a banana split it can be an hours drive, one way, assuming the roads are passable. There are a lot of things to consider.
Also, Majors Ranch only has about 160-180 properties in it. Probably 20 of those are occupied year round. The chances that one of those 20 nut jobs has ever even heard to the Topix forums are astronomical.
California is a nice place, too. Safe. And refined.
Good luck in your venture.
TB
Chip Lynch

Loveland, CO

#7 Aug 19, 2007
I've just gone under contract to buy 233 acres with an Earthship in Majors Ranch. The area is gorgeous if you like Colorado mountain terrain and I've live in Colorado for 19 years and learned to love it. I'm not going to be living there full time, however, so it would be different for someone like you who would. I'm planning on being there part time and maybe in the future, for months at a time. It is isolated, but not to the point of not being accessible. The accesibility is one of the main reasons I like the La Veta area. I live in Denver and get there in 2.5 hours of easy driving on I-25, which is cake compared to getting to the ski/mountain areas West of Denver on I-70, which is a complete nightmare all year if you ask me. And the altitude and climate in the area are too be considered as well: Some Colorado areas are too high and therefore too cold for me for a lot of the year, which can not only block the acessibility but the enjoyment factor if you want to be outside more often during more times of the year. I want to be able to get somwhere and have it be temperate (still considering that it IS still Colorado mountain land, after all) for more of the year.
Cheryl

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#8 Sep 20, 2007
Wow! Thanks so much T-Bowie and Chip. Now I'm getting a good picture of life in LaVeta and it sounds awesome good!
Want to apololgize for sounding like I had gotten up on my "haunches" there. Just getting a bit frustrated with getting out there. Once again, we've found a great 40+ acre site with ranch, and could buy it outright....but it's that darned regular income thing again. Steve and I may be figuring that out now, too. Your Earthship sounds like a spectacular idea, Chip. We're looking to build an environmental dome ranch. I have a business called GreyStay, home-boarding retired racers. But I don't know if there is much call for that there. Probably much less than here. And as a former theme park designer, I REALLY know there's no call. Haha.
Sounds like you'd both be good neighbors.
Thanks for the replies.
Cheryl&Steve Cook
Canyon Country, CA
Dreamer

Westcliffe, CO

#9 Sep 29, 2007
La Veta has: Spanish Peaks Players theater, Fort Francisco Museum, awesome library for small town, Ricky Tims Art Quilt shop(with TV show), Fourth of July extravaganza, Octoberfest, Celtic Festival, Rodeo, County Fair, Stonewall Century ride(bicycle 100 miler, several art galleries, two bakeries, etc.
Ed Kirkland

United States

#10 Jan 30, 2008
Hi Chip. I live out on Raspberry Mountain Ranch on the other side of La Veta. I work At Bachman & Associates in town. I met you once in the office when you came in to talk with Cindy Youg the woman who sold you the property at Majors Ranch. I agree our area of Colorado is not for everyone. My wife and I personally love it. Our 10 year old son goes to the La Veta school (one of the best schools in Colorado). I have lived in Florida almost all of my life although my faminly is from the La Veta area. I had only been to colorado a few times as a child. I finally brought my wife out here several years ago and we both immediately knew we were going to spend the rest of our lives here. I used to own a REMAX brokerage in FL and when I saw the wrighting on the wall I knew it was time. We're about seven miles outside of town and a million miles away from the rest of the world. You can see every star in the sky at night. We are just now finishing building our 4,000 sq ft log home out on the ranch. We moved in last October and couldn't be happier! The people have become my best friends. My entire family was taken in immediately and embraced by the good people of La Veta. I think much of that was because we built our home ourselves. The people around here really respect that. they will do just about anything for you around here. I have seen your place. I really like the drive over/through the dyke wall before you turn into your driveway. You already have one friend in town. If you ever need anything call me. You can get my contact info off of my website and you can see my place as well. www.LaVetaForSale.com
Chip Lynch wrote:
I've just gone under contract to buy 233 acres with an Earthship in Majors Ranch. The area is gorgeous if you like Colorado mountain terrain and I've live in Colorado for 19 years and learned to love it. I'm not going to be living there full time, however, so it would be different for someone like you who would. I'm planning on being there part time and maybe in the future, for months at a time. It is isolated, but not to the point of not being accessible. The accesibility is one of the main reasons I like the La Veta area. I live in Denver and get there in 2.5 hours of easy driving on I-25, which is cake compared to getting to the ski/mountain areas West of Denver on I-70, which is a complete nightmare all year if you ask me. And the altitude and climate in the area are too be considered as well: Some Colorado areas are too high and therefore too cold for me for a lot of the year, which can not only block the acessibility but the enjoyment factor if you want to be outside more often during more times of the year. I want to be able to get somwhere and have it be temperate (still considering that it IS still Colorado mountain land, after all) for more of the year.
Vic

Phoenix, AZ

#11 Jul 10, 2008
Hello all,
I'm in the same boat as Cheryl, except I already bought a parcel in Tres Valles West and am ecstatic about that decision. Now it just falls on finding that regular income I need in order to become part of a place that my daughter and I found to be amazing. As a single parent, this might be a challenge. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I decided this would be a good move for us as I hope this might instill small-town values in her and help her become the strong woman I know she can be. Yes, she is just seven, but I want to ensure she can stand on her own two feet and take on any challenge that life might bring. A place such as this will refine her as a person and get her to appreciate everything in life and not take things for granted as she she has started to do. I think small town life can be the difference. I know the influences she meet there would be valuable and life-lasting.
As for La Veta, we also noticed that same charisma you all speak about that the good people of La Veta have. Hopefully soon I will be there building a log home myself. I might be asking for advice in the future on what to do and what not to do. Thank you all for the wonderful insight.
Respectfully,
Vic C.
Greg

Fort Worth, TX

#12 Aug 4, 2008
My wife and I have looked at some properties in major ranch phase 4 and are interested in one that has a driveway that climbs about 50-100 in height off the main road. Would I have to buy a small John Deere tractor to plow the driveway during the winter? And just how dangerous are the local animals? Would it be advisable to own a good strong rifle and handgun to defend oneself from the critters that are aggressive? It seems like a fairly arid area. I hope to build a green home with the use of rainwater retention and some solar and wind power capabilities.
Annette

Acton, CA

#13 Oct 11, 2008
We visit LaVeta & Cuchara Valley every August and just love it there. We have 40 acres in Black Hills and will be building a home there in the near future, we can hardly wait. The town of LaVeta is so qauint and charming!.
Andria Ridgefield CT

Ridgefield, CT

#14 Feb 26, 2009
I wonder if Cheryl made the move. When I was visiting my little piece of La Veta in Sept 08 (house to be built someday), I could have sworn I saw a greyhound - which in something that would catch your eye in that area.
As far as Vic from AZ goes - it seems a good idea for all those who need to create a home business and telecommute to pool our resources and various backgrounds and see what we can make happen together.
colorado native

Farmington, UT

#15 Mar 1, 2009
Feel free to delete my post. Evidently, no one has a single thought on the LaVeta area. You answered the question of whether or not to live there. Nut-jobs.
From the more refined area of CA. I remain..........

you wrote.

Oh PLEASE feel free to not come around here! We have enough "wanna be's" coming in here already.
Note, it wasn't a local, by the way, that saw your
post and answered you nicely! The local people would be out working and not sitting on a computer all day..........assuming that anyone that didn't find you and your "dreams" facinating and that you wern't the center of their universe must be some kind of NUT ....ummmm how about those wide open spaces of Wyoming? MEOW!!!
colorado native

Farmington, UT

#16 Mar 1, 2009
oops.........sorry Wyoming!
Cheryl

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#17 Mar 4, 2009
Hi Andria!
Well, we never made it to La Veta. But we keep up with all the news in So. Colorado. It's such a lovely place.
I see you're from CT. I'm originally from Long Island, NY. But have been in CA for over 30 years.
We have friends in Trinidad, CO and there are many changes happening on the SFTR that make us uncomfortable. I hope this doesn't happen in La Veta, but our country as a whole is changing so rapidly, and not for the best, I believe.
POA, taxes, metro bill taxes, water probs, gas companies drilling under folks properties (which creates a constant hum, they say), etc....We had hoped for a less complicated life on a nice quiet 35+ acre ranch out there. But it is probably best that we didn't make the move.
None-the-less, it is a breath-taking place!:)
Andria Ridgefield CT

Ridgefield, CT

#18 Jul 13, 2009
Cheryl wrote:
Hi Andria!
Well, we never made it to La Veta. But we keep up with all the news in So. Colorado. It's such a lovely place.
I see you're from CT. I'm originally from Long Island, NY. But have been in CA for over 30 years.
We have friends in Trinidad, CO and there are many changes happening on the SFTR that make us uncomfortable. I hope this doesn't happen in La Veta, but our country as a whole is changing so rapidly, and not for the best, I believe.
POA, taxes, metro bill taxes, water probs, gas companies drilling under folks properties (which creates a constant hum, they say), etc....We had hoped for a less complicated life on a nice quiet 35+ acre ranch out there. But it is probably best that we didn't make the move.
None-the-less, it is a breath-taking place!:)
Hi Cheryl
I should check this more often! I don't know what SFTR means - sorry. Maybe someday you will settle there......anyway. Be well
Cheryl

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#19 Jul 16, 2009
Andria Ridgefield CT wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi Cheryl
I should check this more often! I don't know what SFTR means - sorry. Maybe someday you will settle there......anyway. Be well
Hi Andria,
SFTR is the Santa Fe Trail Ranch in Trinidad, CO. Lovely 35-acre parcel lots and homes.
Joy

Parker, CO

#20 Nov 14, 2009
Does anyone know of any land for sale in the area that could accommodate a camping and music festival? It's just 3 days per year that we need at least 30 acres (60 would be better) of secluded, private land for 500-700 people, dry camping leave-no-trace, bringing in our own water/power/sanitation. We'd eventually build a church camp on the site but for now we just need land for this festival, and urgently.
Cheryl

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#21 Nov 16, 2009
Joy wrote:
Does anyone know of any land for sale in the area that could accommodate a camping and music festival? It's just 3 days per year that we need at least 30 acres (60 would be better) of secluded, private land for 500-700 people, dry camping leave-no-trace, bringing in our own water/power/sanitation. We'd eventually build a church camp on the site but for now we just need land for this festival, and urgently.
Hi Joy!
Your best bet is to contact the Chamber of Commerce located in Trinidad. They can point you in the right direction, I'm sure.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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