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I may have a chance to re-locate to farmington NM...or a surrounding city. Does anyone have any experience with the local riding climate, road or mtb.

Thanks for any input.
 

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Best reason to move to Farmington . . .

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I may have a chance to re-locate to farmington NM...or a surrounding city. Does anyone have any experience with the local riding climate, road or mtb.

Thanks for any input.
http://www.threeriversbrewery.com/

There are some trails in Farmington, but it is not a major trail center. However, Farmington is certainly within the whole Four Corners region, which is blessed with lots of great riding (e.g., Durango is less than an hour away). It is also not exactly a resort town.
 

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One of the oldest mountain biking races in the US is held there

http://www.roadapplerally.com/

They appear to have a pretty active local club and their site has the info you want.

http://www.velodeanimas.com/

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I may have a chance to re-locate to farmington NM...or a surrounding city. Does anyone have any experience with the local riding climate, road or mtb.

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Farmington is one butt-ugly town....

At least it is from what you see when driving thru on the highway. Lots of trailers, tumbleweeds, and poverty-stricken Navajos. But I suppose you could find a place out of town - I think there are some mountains to the north. And you'd be close to Durango.
 

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At least it is from what you see when driving thru on the highway. Lots of trailers, tumbleweeds, and poverty-stricken Navajos. But I suppose you could find a place out of town - I think there are some mountains to the north. And you'd be close to Durango.
Actually, most of the "Poverty stricken Navajos" live on the Navajo reservation to the south and west. Most of the Poverty Stricken people in the southwest are Hispanic and Anglo. Government subsidation, casinos and mineral harvesting have taken care of a lot of the stereotypical "poverty" that existed on the Res 40 years ago.

http://velodeanimas.com/

That is the local bike club. Pretty good group of guys. Cottonwood cycles is the local shop. Also a good group of guys. Trek 505 is the local pro team. Fast group of guys.

Farmington wouldn't be my first choice, but if you don't mind an hour or two drive there is excellent biking all over the 4 corners. And Moab is only 4 hours away.
 

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Check out Aztec

Aztec is this funky little town with a ton of old west history about 15-mins east of Farmington...and that much closer to Durango. The downtown is full of old historic buildings and there are trails leading right from town ....ok, they are actually oil field roads, but they eventually lead to trails like Alien Run. But the town is really cool and seems like it could be a great spot to live.

There is a website on the alien run out there somewhere as well.

I suggest that you check out Aztec if you make a visit out for an interview....

And Cottonwood cycles has one of the best shops in the state.
 

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Are you going to have to rent or are you going to buy a house? Maybe check out Bondad north of Farmington over the CO border, nothing there but it puts you closer to Durango without the in-town Dgo prices.
 

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Rent or buy? Not sure. I currently live in wonderful Tulsa, Ok and am renting...but only cuase I work in the Oil and Gas industry and am constantly moving. The job in the Farmington area does not require any travel and...

I have heard nothing but horrible things about the city of Farmington, and nothing but praise about the surrounding riding. Kinda sucks. The cost of living is dirt low in farmington - so it may be worth it.

The riding scene in Tulsa is very good, so it may not be worth messing with a good thing.

I will look into Aztec and surrounding cities. The job itself is in bloomfield.
 

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The trails there are great! The road apple course is fun and there is so much you can get lost. LOL. Plus Albuquerque and other area's are relatively close.
 

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On-One said:
I may have a chance to re-locate to farmington NM...or a surrounding city. Does anyone have any experience with the local riding climate, road or mtb.

Thanks for any input.
I've a long history of living all over NM (Los Lunas, Belen, Albuquerque, Taos, Silver City) and my daughter currently lives in Farmington. I can tell with you without prejudice that Bloomfield & Farmington proper IS the armpit of New Mexico. The place is trashed, it's butt-ugly, the air reeks of sulphur and other nasties, and oil exploration/drilling has turned the place into what ought to be one big superfund site. I kid you not, it looks like one big clapped-out trailer park where no-one bothers to pick up the trash. It's surprising because when you come into Farmington from either the north on 170 or 544 or even 64 from the NE coming down from Chama, you drop through a beautiful mountain area and suddenly find yourself in Dante's last level of hell. Are you catching my drift on just how bad Farmington sucks, cuz' I could go on if you need me to.

That said, the areas immediately north of Farmington are very nice and as mentioned earlier, the Durango area rides are only short distance away.
 

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Well, the job is "white" collar - so I could live north of the area - but don't want a huge commute...


Anyone been to Aztec, Cedar Hill, Bondad (co), Ignacio, Etc...
 

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The riding scene in Tulsa is very good, so it may not be worth messing with a good thing.

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I've ridden in tulsa. Not bad, but you'll be blown away after a few rides in colorado or utah(moab isn't very far away either)...
 

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Well, the job is "white" collar - so I could live north of the area - but don't want a huge commute...

Anyone been to Aztec, Cedar Hill, Bondad (co), Ignacio, Etc...
In all reality, the whole 4-corners area is somewhat intermingled. Everything between 20 and 60 miles of Durango is where the normal people live due to extremely high house pricing in Durango proper (300K - 600K for a 3bed/2ba).

Aztec is a little better than Farmington. If I had to choose, I would live there. There is lots of rural housing to the north of Farmington and around Aztec. (150 - 250K 3bed 2ba)

Ignacio used to be low-income. Now it is going the same way as Durango (150K for a 2 bed trailer). They have a real nice casino.

Bloomfield is the ******* haven of the area. In reality they are all ********, but Bloomfield has the honest to goodness cowboys. (no idea on housing)

There is only one strip club in the southwest. I have heard mixed reviews. It's between Farmington and Aztec.
 

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Sounds like I will have to fly out and inspect the surroundings. I would have to live at some distance from the true necks, but don't want to pay 300,000 for a house. Guess I would be in suburban durango...
 

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Sounds like I will have to fly out and inspect the surroundings. I would have to live at some distance from the true necks, but don't want to pay 300,000 for a house. Guess I would be in suburban durango...
It is difficult to find something decent around here at the $300K price range, although there are some places further (read 10+ miles) out of town. In town, you will get a fixer-upper for that price, depending on your standards.
BUT, the biking is great, and within 50 miles, mostly year-round. Aztec might me a good option, about half way between Farmington and Durango.
If you don't have to drive into Farmington every day, you could also look into Dolores, only 75 miles from Telluride and a nice little mountain town which is still fairly inexpensive and has plenty of great trails.
 

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After talking to my bosses, boss it sounds like the job is in Ignacio, Co as opposed to Bloomfield. So I could easly live in Durango, if I could afford it. Which I can't...nothing wrong with dreaming...
 

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After talking to my bosses, boss it sounds like the job is in Ignacio, Co as opposed to Bloomfield. So I could easly live in Durango, if I could afford it. Which I can't...nothing wrong with dreaming...
If you were still considering it you could look into Bayfield east of Dgo.
 

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Rent or buy? Not sure. I currently live in wonderful Tulsa, Ok and am renting...but only cuase I work in the Oil and Gas industry and am constantly moving. The job in the Farmington area does not require any travel and....
Hey me too! I currently live in Tulsa, and I'm about to close a deal to relocate to Boulder, CO due to the turbulent Oil & Gas Industry. I work for a software company that sells to the big Oil/Gas/NGL/Refind Products companies, well at least I work for them in the short term.

The riding scene in Tulsa is very good, which still surprises me. Of course, I'm guessing I could find some decent riding around the Boulder area as well... :) The skiing is going to be much better in Colorado than Oklahoma though....
 
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