I currently live in Central Oregon- Sisters to be exact. It's beautiful but cold alot of the time. Good hunting and fishing, and it's a "Shall Issue" state for CCW. BUT.... property values have skyrocketed in the past couple of years, driven by an influx of affluent transplants looking for their brand of paradise. Living alongside wealth isn't alot of fun, especially if they look down on your idea of recreation. Bend especially is getting too "trendy" for me, Mercedes and fur coats and accompanying attitudes I'd rather not have to be around. There's a high concentration of sandal wearin' granola eatin' tree huggers here, trying to save the world from the 4 wheeled "plague". Lots of retirees too. On the bright side, there are a couple of good 4X clubs, (But only 1 real 4X shop), a quarry turned into a rock crawl pit, and a couple of decent trails. The majority of the off-road recreation areas are in the God-forsaken barren wasteland, figure a good drive to get somewhere to go wheeling- because most of the nice, close, forest areas within a stone's throw are being closed to off-road travel.
Here's a web site for the biggest local club- Home
I'm looking to move, myself- to somewhere I can get some acreage and build a shop, and not have to be a millionaire to do it. Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Bitteroot Valley Montana areas are all on my list. I lived for 6 years in Ogden, Ut- really liked it there too.
I usually look for an agreeable climate (Can't take humidity), then check for Smog laws, Lift laws, and Gun laws. If there's no emission controls, lenient lift laws, and CCW is allowed, then I look at housing affordability.
If you do a Google search for Jeep places, Colorado is first followed by Utah.