Byers seems pretty different from many of the small towns we stopped in out in Kansas and Oklahoma, but that probably goes for any town you manage to spend a decent amount of time in.  Most everyone seems to know about M12 and has at least a vague idea that there are a bunch of artists over at Eddies doing some kind of work.  It is surprising that such an open-feeling town exists so close to Denver, as there is really no feeling of urban influence.  Essentially, Byers has a very cohesive feeling that seemed to be absent in much of the towns we stopped in.