Moab’s World Famous Rock Shop!

Moab's World Famous Rock Shop!

As a general rule, I have zero interest in shopping when traveling, with the one exception of rock shops! The dustier, the better. I rarely buy anything – I already have far too many rocks, most of which I’ve found myself – but I love to look. You can learn a lot about a place by perusing the local rock shop! The proprietors are also often good for local hiking tips.

While in Moab, of course I had to stop by Lin Ottinger’s World Famous Rock Shop. Lin has been collecting rocks all over the world for more than 50 years. His shop has no shortage of treasures from local rocks, minerals, crystals and fossils to worldly, exotic and rare specimens; a veritable candy store for this rock-loving kid!

Utah Rocks!

Shouldn't they be a dollar each?

Petrified Wood. Notice the pieces are sitting on a massive petrified tree trunk.

Dino Bones!

Uranium (Mining) Artifacts

Gotta love a place that still runs on the honor system!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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13 Responses to Moab’s World Famous Rock Shop!

  1. ehpem says:

    What a great place! Your first shot is excellent – somehow it breathes of Vegas or Reno – I wonder if this is the kind of look they had when first coming into being.

    • Steve says:

      It was the same store front 30 years ago. Best attraction for rockhounds and info on a certain kind of rock you may have seen in the area. A very cool stop over.

  2. Rachael says:

    Our visit to Moab happened to coincide with the annual Jeep Safari. So we didn’t spend much time in town and that means we missed this gem. Yet another thing for next trip. Nice set of shots and, yes, you have gotta love a place that still works on the honour system.

    • tinspring says:

      You’re spot on about rock shops and their knowledgeable owners! Gorgeous pics.

      • Thanks! I got a nice email from Lin today. He was out exploring when I stopped by his shop the other day, but he offered to take me to some secret locales next time I’m in Moab. This is why I love rock shop owners! 🙂

  3. jeanmcdaniel says:

    We love all those Red Rock parks. Arches is amazing but Capital Reef is my personal favorite. Great pics on all your posts.

  4. so nice and amazing..

  5. Fototype says:

    Thanks for sharing, and be happy the sand dollars aren’t 12 million dollars. 😉 Well, someone had to make that joke. 😉

  6. lin ottinger says:

    Sorry about the misinformation about the sand dollars. Since I found these beautiful fossils in Mexico, They must be “Sand Pesos” !

  7. nutsfortreasure says:

    I can never walk away from a Good Looking ROCK! lol I am told most of mine are Leverites Leave it right there! I tell them they are CRAZY can’t they see it is MY TREASURE! lol I Love Quartzite AZ while we look for Gold I always make time for Rocks and More Rocks 🙂 Then I polish and wrap them in copper or silver sometimes Gold and sell them to others who are nuts for ROCKS

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  9. Rudy sandoval says:

    I have found what appears to be a small monkey head fossilized and can’t find anyone interested in it can you direct me to someone who might tell me exactly what I’ve found.where can u send a picture.itself is very interesting..I have a lot of beautiful rocks as well.

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