The world-famous Thunderbird Mountain Trading Company is nestled in the heart of the redwood forest on scenic Hwy 101, just south of Richardson Grove Redwoods State Park. Captain Shon has worked with Native American Indians since the 1970s. His original store, Happy Hunting Ground, was built in 1972 in the old western town of Pinnacle Pass in Scotts Valley, California, in the Santa Cruz mountains.
Thunderbird Mountain Trading has the largest collection of American Indian jewelry in Northern California. In addition, it has a large selection of handmade Navajo kachina dolls or dancers, sand paintings, dream catchers, carved Navajo fetishes and peace pipes, and handmade textiles from Peru such as Alpaca rugs, hats, ponchos, teddy bears, scarves and shoulder bags. They carry handcrafted moccasins and boots made by the Huron-Wendat Indians of Eastern Canada, and a large variety of furs, fur rugs, blankets and pillow cases from around the world.
If that’s not enough, don’t pass up their homemade jams, jellies, marmalades, fruit butters and smoked Salmon. Yes, smoked salmon. Captain Shon has been in the smoked salmon business since the early 1980s. His former location, the Klamath Trading Post, was where he mastered the cold smoking method, where the salmon is cured by the smoke, not cooked by heat. He uses both wild Alaskan king and Chinook salmon as well as wild Alaskan sockeye salmon, ocean-caught off the Kenai River in Alaska — the coldest, cleanest waters in the world.