Cindy Campbell moved to Huerfano County from Boulder more than 20 years ago because she wanted a slower pace of life.
"I live here because I like the way it smells here when I get out of my car," said Campbell, who works at the nonprofit LiveWell. "I like to see the stars at night. I like the fact that we don't have stoplights."
But recently, Campbell said, she feels like the fast-paced growth from the northern Front Range is extending all the way down to her home in La Veta.
"I hear these horrible stories about a 900-square-foot place for over $2,000," she said. "Nobody can live like that. They're going to have to move down the Front Range to even survive. So we'll just grow and we'll turn into Pueblo or the Springs. And it's going to smell crappy here. And I'm not going to be able to see the stars anymore. And that's really hard for me."
Huerfano County's population has risen slightly since 2014 — from 6,389 to 6,662 in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And Campbell admitted that there's no reason people shouldn't be able to move to the area, just like she did in the 1990s.
"It just turns me into these really weirdly selfish person," she said. "I'm turning into this person who's like, 'get off my lawn.' It's true. I don't want other people coming here even though I came here for the same reasons."