1. baybueller

    baybueller Been here awhile

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    I am planning to move to Arizona in 3 years and am doing some ground work.Just me and dont need starbucks or the opera. Looking at Dolan Springs area and would like any input locals would care to give.
    Water haul is new to me but I could work with it. Internet would be good but getting a cell signal would be better. I respect the political climate in Az as I have been in Ca for some years and would like to get back to the real USA.
    Of coarse I will be riding and the google earth shows I could spend years trying new trails.
    Thanks for any input.
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  2. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    Less than 1.5 hrs from Phoenix to the south and the heat, cactus, illegals & Mexico -- North 45min to Flag & an hour to the Grand Canyon --- add another seven hrs your in Moab---- I'm surrounded by Prescott, Kiab, Coconino & Tonto Natl forest , real estate starts at around 50k Best of all , riding all day,ever day, all year long---Forest rds double trac, single trac ,woods, rocks, sand, boulders, water crossings you name it its here.:deal

    Yea, PM me if you want to know where heaven is ---oh yea--- you don.t have to haul water either :lol3
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  3. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Arizona has many beautiful places to live with any kind of terrain you want. Dolan Springs isn't one of them.
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  4. sandwash

    sandwash Long timer

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    You would be close to Kingman and closer to Las Vegas
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  5. HoosierTrailmaster

    HoosierTrailmaster Just an Old Grizzly

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    I should keep my mouth shut, but I have to agree...the armpit of AZ. So many nicer places.
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  6. baybueller

    baybueller Been here awhile

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    I guess the property prices should have given me a clue. Picked that neighborhood cause I will be traveling to Ca and Or, and I want nothing to do with living in a city.
    I am also trying to keep the elevation down, I was suprised at how cold some of Az is.
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  7. NAZDirt

    NAZDirt Been here awhile

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    Cold? Hell no. It's not cold up here in Flagstaff. I ride all year around minus a few storms we get before the snow melts. Daytime highs in the 40's all winter is awesome.
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  8. sandwash

    sandwash Long timer

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    No snow yet, still cruising the FS roads.
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  9. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Baybueler - Arizona really only has two population centers comparable to California. Those two are greater Phoenix and Tucson. Everywhere else is but a burg with plenty of micro towns on the fringes. What terrain and weather do you enjoy most?

    South AZ; stretching from CA to NM is mostly Sonoran desert. It's very lush compared to the Mojave. There are a bunch of little towns to settle in, as it is largely agricultural. Just north of the 'valley' around the 5000' mark is the grasslands for cattle ranching. Prescott is the dominant town, but it is comfy small. Further north and east is the Mogollon rim country, which is alpine on top, and arid below. The Rim is what it sounds like. A rugged wall rising 1500 feet above the desert and grasslands.

    Further north yet is the high desert and red rock country. It is mostly Navaho reservation, though.

    I was moved to Phoenix from San Jose in the 1980's by my employer. Both my wife and I were smitten with the resort feel of the air and the desert beauty. 20 years later we split up in Boston and the first thing she did was move back to AZ!... to a town called Cave Creek. Sort of a cowboy town north of Scottsdale, but full of Midwesterners. She lets me store a trailbike there to visit and explore with. I expect to buy a condo in Scottsdale because I like a more urban environment these days. I'm into convenience and I don't want to have to drive a car to get anywhere. Arizona has that too!

    You should rent a place for a week every year in a different part of AZ that interests you. You'll find your spot for sure. Maybe around Show Low or Alpine might appeal. Who knows, but it won't be along hwy 93 to Vegas.
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  10. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Nice areas with lots of remoteness, but still many conveniences. Throw Payson in the mix too!
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  11. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    +1. Poke around the state a bit. See what you like and do not like before committing to any one area.

    S.C.
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  12. baybueller

    baybueller Been here awhile

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    I am taking the RV with bike attached the first of April for a few days of recon. I appreciate the input. As of now I am going off realty sites and google earth.
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  13. BIG-E

    BIG-E AKA; Mongo-E

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    Borne and raised in Kingman, did a whole-lot-o cowboying in those parts...... Would not go back for anything!!

    As HTM says, this is where to insert the nossle for the bowel cleansing!!:deal

    WAY, WAY, WAY better places to live in Arizona!!
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  14. BELSTAFF

    BELSTAFF ADV NOMAD

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    Brother E, I beg to differ,

    I would guess that you have never been to Hutchinson Kansas:huh.

    It's a well known fact that if the good lord decided to give the world a enema Hutchinson Kans would be the point of insertion. :deal

    In fact the best thing about Hutchinson , or Kansas for that matter is waving as you leave
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  15. baybueller

    baybueller Been here awhile

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    It is starting to look like the north half has all the good stuff and some really cold winters. I can do hot but do not enjoy below freezing all that much. I might end up lower in the state and day trip for the riding. This whole move is about retiring and goofing off at will.
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  16. seabee1

    seabee1 we build, we fight

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    Mid state should suit your needs. Stay a bit below the rim, and the winters are mild. Even up on the rim, the summers are hot, just way better than in the desert!
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  17. redeye-az

    redeye-az Been here awhile

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    might look close @ payson. right in geographical middle of state. elev, 5K
    hour n half from:
    phoenix, south
    flagstaff, north
    prescott, west
    show low, east
    plenty of trails/fs roads avail.
    no single track, quads took care of that.
    been here 25 yrs, covering the area on pedal bikes, klr 650 & ktm 690, now 990.
    a nice FS campground is real close to town.
    advise if in area. i know a little about real estate...............
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  18. Aprilia

    Aprilia Long timer

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    The state is pretty diverse so your best bet is to travel around a bit first. I spent a lot of time in the Phx metro but up in Flag now...still ride year round. Elevation drops very quickly south of Flag and temps rise just as quickly in winter time. Sedona is always 10F warmer. If the sun is out Flag is still nice even in winter but yes, it do get chilly when the sun goes down!
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  19. fuggy

    fuggy Canyon Explorer

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    Why would he want to move to Payson? Bunch of gray-hairs everywhere driving slow or complaining about those young whipper-snappers riding their mini-bikes and kicking up dust. :lol3

    plus, no singletrack, too many rocks, and only one Star Bucks. :deal

    Look into Arizona City....cheap, quiet, scenic, and they have public utilities
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  20. baybueller

    baybueller Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the replies. 3 yrs till the move and who knows what the country will look like then. Doing due dilligence on Az.so I dont look like another A-hole from Ca.
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