Meet Ron Hall. He’s the owner of Red Mountain Trading Post in Ouray, Colorado. Ron took over the store from his octogenarian mother, who ran it for 65 years. In addition to being a super affable guy full of local lore, Ron is something of a bottle nerd. He used to haul a wheelbarrow down to the creek bed and dig up old glass bottles left behind by miners, trappers, and other unidentified litterbugs. Today, hundreds of glass bottles in every color of the rainbow (including coveted blues and purples) line the windows of his roadside trading post. Some are soda pop, whiskey, or wine bottles; others advertise “medicines” with dubious claims and/or names like Wizard Oil. He can tell you the history of every last one, or leave you to browse in peace. Among the shop treasures: stacks of old Western and sci-fi paperbacks, bolo ties, army jackets, Navajo blankets, glittering fool’s gold, horse paintings, and groovy geodes.
1515 Main St., Ouray, CO; 970-325-4188.