The Best Bookstores in the Mountain West

Find your next great read at these high country shops


Aspen Explore Booksellers 
221 E. Main Street, Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 925-5336

Located in a charming blue Victorian house in Aspen, Explore Booksellers has been an institution in the community for over 50 years. The bookstore serves as an intellectual gathering place where ideas and free-spirited conversation are part of the environment. A robust variety of fiction and nonfiction selections are available for adults and an entire room is dedicated to children’s literature along with a wide array of cards, journals and gifts.

BookBar Denver
4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212
(303) 284-0194

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Photo by Skipping Rocks Photography

BookBar Denver combines a book store and wine bar. This woman-owned, independent book store offers a curated selection of literary fiction, nonfiction, children’s books and gift items. The bar and café serve hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, coffee and tea. As part of their mission to community service, 10% of all book sales are donated to the non-profit organization, BookGive.

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Café
68 9th Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487
(970) 680-4693

Under new ownership, this shop and café combine their passion for reading and community. Since opening its doors in 1990, it has been the hot spot for tourists and locals to find a good book and a great cup of coffee. The store offers a wide selection of books, games, puzzles and gifts and hosts events throughout the year. You can find the shop in historic downtown Steamboat.


Country Bookshelf Storefront

Photo courtesy Country Bookshelf

Country Bookshelf 
28 W. Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59715

Country Bookshelf is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. This shop has two floors of hand-selected books. Gifts, cards and journals are also available for purchase. It’s a place that celebrates the power of literature and conversation. 


Sheridan Stationery Books & Gifts
535 N. Main Street, Sheridan, WY 82801
(307) 674-8080

One of the oldest retail stores in Sheridan, the store staff is dedicated to helping patrons find the perfect book. They offer a diverse selection of books for adults and children. They also carry Sheridan, WY sports trading cards for collectors and stationery and gift items. The shop will special order books and a book club registration is available.

Jackson Valley Bookstore
140 E. Broadway Ave,  Jackson, WY 83001
(307) 733-4533

This Jackson Hole bookstore has been a community business since 1949. Offering a curated collection of books, cards and gifts for adults and children, the store provides curbside delivery and free gift-wrapping services.

Categories: Books, High-Country Communities