There are places where wilderness-type land is only about $800-$2000 an acre. Like everything, land is apparently cheaper in bulk. Look: http://www.land-fsbo.com/search.cfm?State=Colorado So, I have this idea. What if about 15-50 cool hippy people contribute some money and buy enough land to form a village for the number of people we have. It wouldn't cost that much for each individual. Then we would need to sign an agreement to live off the land in an ecofriendly way, and also agree on what "ecofriendly" means. And then we would probably pool the land, but if we split it up into "property" I don't really care either. We'd probably end up pooling a lot of resources anyway. There wouldn't be any leaders or any religion or philosophy involved. If we have to make a decision that affects the land or everyone who lives on it, we could do it through consensus, or we could do that thing where each person rates the various options we have on a scale of 1-10, and then we average the ratings to find the least unacceptable option. Or as a last resort we would vote directly. It would be great if it ended up like this settlement: http://homepage.mac.com/pardass/IRWINKLEIN/NEWSETTLERS/index.htm Or at least the way that settlement is portrayed through the photography. That place in northern NM is not that far away from some of the places in CO in that first link. We could build cabins and cob houses, grow our own food, and then build a few wind\solar power generators. It's just a daydream of mine at the moment. Any information or ideas would be helpful. Anybody who just wants to say "If you get this thing together count me in!" is also welcome to do so. I don't actually know that much about this stuff so if I have assumed a fact that is actually very unrealistic please tell me about it. Actually, I just read on another thread that there's land as cheap as $225 an acre in WY. I need to lurk on the "Communal Living" board some more... I've been neglecting it.