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!