If you decide to #OptOutside on Black Friday this year instead of heading out to shop with the crowds (which we totally encourage you to do!), you may want to #OptIn to Small Business Saturday, a day to celebrate and champion the small businesses in our communities by supporting them and all they do for us. From Telluride to Buena Vista, Colorado Springs to Estes Park, we’ve picked out eight independent gear shops from across Colorado that support our communities year-round with top notch gear, expertise, and general outdoors know-how. Choose to Shop Small this year, and check out the independent gear shop near you.

1. Jagged Edge Mountain Gear, Telluride

Jagged Edge Mountain Sports was started more than 20 years ago by two sisters who made a business out of their handmade head bands. Their shop is now a staple on Main Street in downtown Telluride, and as the shop has grown, it’s retained its Telluride heart and soul. For more information, visit jagged-edge-telluride.com.

2. Kristi Mountain Sports, San Luis Valley

Kristi Mountain Sports (Del Norte) Stephen Martin
Kristi Mountain Sports. San Luis Valley, Colorado. Photo Credit: Stephen Martin (OutThere Colorado)

This self-defined “Mom and Pop” shop has been providing the San Luis Valley with all of their outdoor gear needs since 1969. They also have a full service maintenance shop for bikes, skis, and snowboards. For more information, visit kristimountainsports.com.

3. The Trailhead, Buena Vista

Trailhead (Buena Vista) Stephen Martin
The Trailhead. Buena Vista, Colorado. Photo Credit: Stephen Martin (OutThere Colorado)

Since 1972, The Trailhead has been the go-to source for outdoor gear and expertise in Buena Vista. Not only is their staff knowledgable about their gear, they also are the perfect resource for backcountry exploration in the area. For more information, visit thetrailheadco.com.

4. Mountain Chalet, Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs’ own Mountain Chalet is the hub of outdoor activity along the Southern Front Range. You can find top of the line gear and outdoor expertise from the knowledgable owners and staff. For more information, visit mtnchalet.com.

5. Estes Park Mountain Shop, Estes Park

Since 1986, Estes Park Mountain Shop has been offering gear, apparel, rentals, guided trips, and instruction for visitors and locals alike. Their 18,000 square foot space makes them the largest outdoor retail store in Estes Park. For more information, visit estesparkmountainshop.com.

6. Feral Mountain Co., Denver

Feral Mountain Co. is a fairly new boutique outdoor gear shop in Denver, Colorado. They partner with tops brands and also with nonprofit organizations, such as 1% for the Planet and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. For more information, visit feralmountainco.com.


7. Wilderness Sports, Dillon

Wilderness Sports in Dillon, Colorado has been “serving Summit County’s backcountry since 1976”. One of the perks of the shop is that they rent a lot of the equipment they sell to customers before they buy so that people have a chance to test out the gear. For more information, visit wildernesssports.com.

8. Bent Gate Mountaineering, Golden

A brother and sister opened Bent Gate Mountaineering in Golden in 1994 and thrives on being a destination shop that carries brands that you won’t find many other places. They specialize in all types of climbing. For more information, visit bentgate.com.

9. Ute Mountaineer, Aspen

This Aspen staple has been a family-owned and operated shop since 1977. Their employees are passionate about the outdoors and the Aspen community, for as they say ‘everyday is a good day to get outside’. For more information, visit utemountaineer.com.


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