Our "NO QUIBBLE GUARANTEE" protects you. No
hassles, guilt trips, silly questionnaires, and absolutely no BS! If
you do not like any merchandise purchased from us, for any reason, return
it, undamaged, within 20 days, for a full refund of your
purchase price. (this is a refund, not a "Store Credit")
NO QUESTIONS ASKED - YOU ARE THE FINAL JUDGE. No, you don't need
to call us and ask for permission. Just send it back. No
charge twice the price for this quality turquoise jewelry, but we'll let
our 'competitors' do that. (With their misleading "50% off
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Photos of a Typical Trip to the Navajo & Zuni
The Ugly Otter (and his Beautiful Wife) make a trip similar to this about
every two months or so. The purpose, of couse, is to purchase the jewelry,
rugs, and other things featured on our web site. We look forward to
these trips, as we get to greet old friends, suppliers, and when lucky we
also meet some of the makers of the fine items featured on this web
site. These trips are exhausting - not only for the many miles driven,
but the burden of selecting quality jewelry at reasonable prices for our
many good customers. We have to "be on our toes" and avoid counterfeit
imported stuff, while making sure our purchases are truly Native American
made, and made using genuine stones where applicable. After obtaining
this jewelry, our next step is sorting and pricing the things purchased.
Then, we must deliver the goods to our Elko, Nevada office which is
another 1700 mile round trip "drive in the country". No complaints!
We love traveling thru our beautiful country and meeting wonderful
people! Sure, we enjoy doing this. We are both retired (retarded,
some say) and what else would we be doing if not this? No, we don't
show photos taken on the Reservations, except on the highways.
They are "touchy" about photographing their
Leaving Tucson, land of palm trees and warmth, heading north, early
in the morning, full of vim, vigor, and vitality.
Mile 10, we pass the Catalina Mountains on our right.
Mile 15, the Tortolita Mountains on the far left.
Mile 40, we pass the mighty San Pedro River, which sometimes has water.
Mile 50, we are traveling down the San Pedro valley, land of giant
A nice Saguaro, along the San Pedro river valley. Some may live
for more than 150 years and can grow up to 60' tall. This one is about
50' tall. They can live up to 7 years without a drop of water.
Mile 60, we cross the Gila River, which always has water in this area.
The "streak" in the background is workings from a copper
Mile 61, the town of Winkleman, AZ, home of Copper smelters. Here,
they process raw copper ore into copper plates for several surrounding
Mile 65, traveling north, up the Gila River Valley.
Mile 70, giant Saguaros dot the hill sides.
Mile 90, a mountain pass overlooking the San Carlos Apache Reservation
in the distance.
Mile 120, traveling thru the San Carlos Apache Reservation.
Mile 160, descending down into the Salt River Canyon. Here, our
GPS shows us entering the main canyon, with the blue line being the Salt
River at the bottom.
Mile 165, near the bottom of the canyon, showing the Salt River. The
right, or south side, is the San Carlos Apache Reservation, the left, or
north side, is the White Mountain Apache Reservation.
Mile 165, a view of the switchback road we just came down into the
Mile 168, a view of the Salt River from near the top of the canyon.
Mile 175, going thru the White Mountain Apache Reservation.
Mile 215, between Snowflake and Holbrook, AZ. Time for a nap for
Beautiful Wife. Not really a lot of beautiful scenery. However,
this is fine ranch land, home of giant cattle ranches, some comprised of
many thousands of acres.
Mile 230, a rather ominous sign in Holbrook, AZ, wouldn't you say?
Mile 300, on the Navajo Reservation, leaving Arizona and entering New
Mile 360, entering the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico.
Mile 365, traveling thru the Zuni Reservation in New Mexico.
Mile 440, dirt road between the Zuni Reservation, and Pie Town, NM, where
we get to the next paved road. This is remote ranch country, a long
ways from anywhere.
Mile 450, the Post Office in Pie Town, NM. The only "business" we
Mile 485, traveling thru the Plains of San Agustin, which is a very large
ancient lake bed, home of the "National Radio Astronomy Observatory Very
Large Array Telescope" and numerous antelope!
Mile 500, a sign (vandalized) noting the sheep and cattle driveway established
in 1885 for ranchers to drive their livestock to the town of Magdalena.
This driveway was from 5 to 10 miles wide, and went from Springerville,
AZ, to Magdalena, NM, where there was a railroad.
Mile 524, Socorro, NM.
Mile 607, Entering Elephant Butte, NM, where we purchase items for our
Mile 610, a curious name for the town, "Truth or Consequences, NM", which
most people shorten to just "T or C". We are fortunate to find several
items for our web site.
Mile 645, we cross the mighty Rio Grande. Yes, this is the same
river separating U.S. and Mexico. Here, you can see tire tracks where
people are using it as a road. Also, here, it is U.S. territory (State
of New Mexico) on both side of the river. It's early morning, see our
Mile 770, the ghost town of Stein's, NM. just off I-10, and a few
miles from the Arizona State line.
Mile 773, back in Arizona!
Mile 820, looking toward the historic site of Fort Bowie and the Chiricahua
Mountains in the background.
Mile 850, passing thru the "Texas Canyon" on I-10.
Mile 905, back in Tucson, home of over a million souls, tired, hungry,
ready to be home. The point of beginning, with the Catalina Mountains
in the background!
Our Mailing Address is:
UGLY OTTER TRADING POST
1188 Court St, #50
Elko, NV 89801
Phone 775 753 5396
FAX 775 753 4093
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Our "NO QUIBBLE GUARANTEE"
protects you. No hassles, guilt trips, silly questionnaires, and absolutely
no BS! If you do not like any merchandise purchased from us, for any reason,
return it, undamaged, within 20 days, for a full
refund (this is a refund, not a "Store Credit") of your
purchase price NO QUESTIONS ASKED - YOU ARE THE FINAL JUDGE.
don't need to call us and ask for permission. Just send it back. No