Where should I live in Colorado? Everyone says Denver, but I'm not sure I'd like [email protected]

I'm looking to move to Colorado after my lease is up here so in about a year. Not sure where I should move to though, so I'm looking for help from someone who lives/has lived there.
I like being outside (hiking, walking trails, landscapes, skateboarding, running) and can do without being surrounded by hundreds of different buildings.
I want something relatively safe with a lower cost of living.
I currently pay $500 a month plus utilities for rent. So some advice given that would be helpful.
Just looking for somewhere with a different perspective and mixes outdoors with city.
Thank you!
Asked Apr 23, 2014

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