Out West BooksOut West Books was established in 2014 to provide residents of the Western Slope of Colorado and Eastern Utah with a full service Independent Bookstore.

The owner has previously been in the bookselling business for 20 years in Eastern Utah, and as a Western Colorado native, has a vast working knowledge of the West and it’s people.

About the Owner

Returning to the Western Slope of Colorado after 15 years living overseas, Marya decided that Grand Junction needed an Independent Bookstore that sold only NEW books.  She was frustrated by the lack of availability of area interest and children’s titles to be found here, so she decided to fill that void.

Marya’s family homesteaded in the Bookcliffs over 100 years ago (come in and see the enlarged historic family photos on the store walls) and she’s a native of Gunnison, CO. Western Colorado/Eastern Utah is in her blood.

She returned to Colorado after living most recently in China.  She’s traveled all over the world, so she is pretty good with travel advice too.

What people say about us:

“Best stop I made in Grand Junction during my five days here. Great selection of local books. From local authors to just what you want to read when in western Colorado.
Bought three books and had to stop myself.
Obviously, a bookstore owner that reads and chooses well.”

Jerome R., Oakland


“Visited this darling Bookstore on a trip through Grand Junction. I will detour many miles to visit it again anytime I am in the neighborhood! Great books, friendly staff and a creative environment full of fun items!”

– Teri O., Burbank


“An excellent Independent bookstore that has an elegant, well-curated selection.”

-Scott Casey


“Great, high-quality children’s section. Humorous, local cards. I always find an interesting book to purchase. The owner has an extensive local knowledge and is a second generation bookstore proprietor.”

-Emmalee Blender