Still have 5 years left on active duty, but already thinking about where we might want to wind up in retirement as the next couple years will go by quickly and I need to be positioning myself for our eventual home/land purchase now. Anyone on here live in or spent any considerable time in the Flagstaff area? The area seems really appealing to me just for the natural side of things – I went to school in Colorado and love the mountains and high desert, but my in-laws are all in Las Vegas and staying within driving distance of them is important so my kids can actually know their grandparents. We don’t want to raise our kids in Las Vegas, however, so Flagstaff seems to be the spot on the map most like a place we would want to be as well as couple hour driving distance to Vegas. We’d like to get some land, 20 acres or more, to build a home as we want it and keep some animals, and possible it could be off-grid as well. I don’t know what I want to do post-military, job-wise, but I’ve done some basic googling, and it seems the two primary industries there are the university and DNR/state and local government. No tracks in the immediate area, the closest for racing appear to be Las Vegas (4 hrs) and Chuckwalla (5 hrs) with UMC 8 hours up the road. I’m all ears, good and bad.