Bedrock and Paradox. The Paradox Valley, far on Colorado's Western Slope by the Utah line, has received notoriety lately not for its remote, rugged beauty, but for a uranium mill that's been proposed for the area. The valley is among Colorado's least known regions, and soon, two features of nearly any rural landscape will disappear from there.
If you've read Edward Abbey's magnum opus Desert Solitaire, you're familiar with the chapter called "Bedrock and Paradox." Abbey wrote the book about his experiences in nearby Arches National Park, which is on the opposite end of the La Sal Mountains from the Paradox Valley. Though Abbey doesn't write of them in his book, Bedrock and Paradox are both villages in the Paradox Valley, both, I believe, unincorporated, and made all the more official by the presence of their post offices.
My favorite is the Bedrock Post Office, a tiny one-room cabin on the side of Highway 90 existing only to serve the handful of residents in this village where the Dolores River runs perpendicular to the Paradox Valley. It, the Paradox Post Office and about 70 other post offices across Colorado are on the U.S. Postal Service's list of about 3,000 or so possible post office closures across the country.
Another of my favorites on the list is the Slater, Colorado, post office. The post office is really the only obvious presence of Slater on the only paved highway in Colorado that is maintained by another state. Slater, on the Wyoming border in Moffat County, Colorado, west of the Sierra Madre, sits on Wyoming Highway 70 as it dips for less than a mile across the border into Colorado. Though the highway crosses the state line, it's maintained by WyDOT.
On Sunday, I took a trip out to Weld County to visit the post offices nearest Fort Collins that are on the USPS's chopping block. There are only three: Stoneham, New Raymer and Carr, but many more communities on the Eastern Plains and the Western Slope may soon find themselves without a post office.