Store Closing

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that the new owners of The Beaumont Hotel are not extending our lease past the first of the year. They have said that we can go month-to-month, but we absolutely cannot function properly with that kind of lease. At this point, we have no place to move that would accommodate our needs. We will be closing our doors at the end of January, or when inventory is gone..

As many of you know, we had the bookshop for sale so that we could retire. It was supposed to be finalized with a new owner last week. Obviously, that deal fell through when this happened. That said, if a new prospective buyer would come forward and (hopefully) have a space in which to move, we would love to talk to them.

For the time being, we will operate normally. We still have a busy fall tourist season coming up. That said, we highly encourage people to cash in their gift certificates while we still have plenty of terrific inventory. We also want our beloved loyal customers to spend their Reader Reward certificates. We will continually keep everyone updated while we move through this very sad process.

This shop has been a labor of love and we have built it to be a wonderful cornerstone business in Ouray. One customer said, through tears when I told her of the closing, “Ouray Bookshop is truly a gem.”


New Ouray Tote Bag
New Ouray Bookshop Tote Bags
You’ve stocked up on books, but how will you carry them? Stash them all in our brand new heavy duty Ouray Bookshop tote bag, and you’ll have all you need for the hammock or the park (or your armchair). These canvas bags have gussets at the bottom, so there is plenty of room for all your books— and a container of snacks too.
Beautiful New Cards
New cards have hit the shop from artist Kim Attwooll.
You’ll find scenes specific to this area, including features of the Cascade Falls and Million Dollar Highway. All are embellished, and make wonderful greeting cards and art worthy of framing.
“Hello From Ouray” Cards
We are so excited to offer these gorgeous new “Hello From Ouray” greeting cards, featuring Mt. Abram and our little town by Coit Creative. These are an exclusive by Coit Creative—a Colorado company—and ONLY available at Ouray Bookshop. You’ll want to send them to your friends and family, and you’ll also want to frame one for yourself!


Local Interest

Tomboy Bride, 50th Anniversary Edition: One Woman's Personal Account of Life in Mining Camps of the West By Harriet Fish Backus Cover Image
Exploring the Historic San Juan Triangle By P. David Smith Cover Image
Father Struck It Rich By Evalyn Walsh McLean Cover Image
Ouray (Images of America) By Gail Zanett Saunders, Maria Jones, Ouray County Historical Society Cover Image
Chipeta -- Queen of the Utes By Cynthia S. Becker, P. David Smith Cover Image

Indie Bestsellers

Let Us Descend: A Novel By Jesmyn Ward Cover Image
Tom Lake: A Reese's Book Club Pick By Ann Patchett Cover Image
Fourth Wing (The Empyrean #1) By Rebecca Yarros Cover Image
Lessons in Chemistry: A Novel By Bonnie Garmus Cover Image
The Exchange: After The Firm (The Firm Series #2) By John Grisham Cover Image
Demon Copperhead: A Pulitzer Prize Winner By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image

Books for Ouray Residents

I Never Knew That About OurayNew Book by P. David Smith

Former Ouray resident and bookseller, P. David Smith, has written a new book about Ouray, I Never Knew That About Ouray.

P. David and his wife, Jan, own Western Reflections Publishing in Lake City, CO. Ouray Bookshop carries many, many of their local and Colorado history titles.




Many people discovered how much they love putting together jigsaw puzzles during COVID stay-at-home orders. We have a wide variety of them from which to choose. We carry White Mountain Puzzles, Pomegranate Puzzles and small Wentworth Wooden Puzzles.



We carry beautiful Sandbottles that are made by Ouray long-time resident Robert Stoufer, aka “The Sandman.”

Robert collects the naturally colored sands from about 15 states. The sand must be fine, with a large percentage of clay, which is what causes the sands to “pack” when compressed so the designs will not shake up. Robert pours the sands into clear bottles, all the while making interesting designs. He learned the craft from his father, Woody, and has been making them since 1972—in Ouray since 1977. 

Word Cloud Classics

Come in and see our selection of Word Cloud Classics by Simon and Shuster. These classics are attractively bound in a “leather” cover, are in many beautiful colors, and have a wonderful texture, as the word clouds are cut into the material. 

What is especially terrific about these books is that they are very affordable. Almost all of the titles are $14.99 each, with a few of the larger books at $16.99 each. We have a wide variety of books right now and will always be adding new titles. These books will make great graduation gifts!

See the full list of books by clicking here.

Welcome our Newest Bookseller, Jennifer

Jennifer has been a member of the OBS family since October, 2022. She moved to Ridgway with her little dog, Molly, in mid- 2021 and hopes one day to be considered a “Local.” Jennifer has an A.B. from Duke University and a J.D. from the University of Denver. Working part-time in an independent bookstore like the OBS is every attorney’s dream come true. When she’s not “living the dream” working at the OBS, Jennifer enjoys hiking in the surrounding San Juan mountains, reading detective novels and sleeping

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