Ute Mountaineer, Aspen
The Ute Mountaineer shop in Aspen was, like many shops of this type, born of a love for being in the outdoors. In this case, it started as a dream between two friends who were climbing in Europe one summer. Originally, it was the Aspen branch of the Boulder Mountaineer shop in Boulder, Colorado. Their mantra holds true to the employees they hire, “The people who know and use the gear they sell.” And since they opened in 1977 they moved into the historic Elks Building which has been home to the Aspen Post Office as well as a long standing community favorite, Tom’s Market.
By Cameron Martindell, AFAR Local Expert
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One Stop Shop for All Your Outdoor Needs
Ute mountaineer is an adrenaline junkie’s wet dream. It is a store for the real outdoorsmen but even an amateur like me will find pleasure and shopping there. They have a wall of sleeping bags, a wall of shoes, a wall of gloves, a wall of climbing gear, and my personal favorite, a wall of backpacks. You can never have too many backpacks or purses in my opinion. To complement all this gear they have camping essentials and tools. Some might not be necessary to have but they are fun like the light weight wine glasses. Who wants to trek miles into the wilderness with heavy wineglasses when light wineglasses are available? It is a one stop shop for all your outdoor needs.
By Holly Upper, AFAR Local Expert
210 S Galena St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
Sun - Sat 9am - 9pm