The grand highs and lows of mail delivery


Photos (top): A mule is packed with food and other goods for delivery to inhabitants of the Supai, AZ, village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Bottom: Leadville, CO, City Carrier Leonard Ortega delivers mail from the Post Office at the highest elevation in the United States.

Go to extremes with this month's edition of Your Postal Podcast, on a whirlwind trip that starts at the Grand Canyon and then travels to the highest and lowest Post Offices in our nation.

We'll also introduce you to new USPS greeting cards designed specifically for sending a salute to everyday heroes. You'll also learn how you can enter to win a free set of Bonsai notecards and stamps.

For a transcript of this podcast click here.

Thanks for listening -- and don't forget to visit Your Postal Blog for daily updates on all things postal.


  • Shelly Shaefer

    Very interesting story on the highest and lowest. Kudos to those employees.

    Sep 11, 2012 at 10:41 am
  • Linda Eilts

    Always an interesting subject is given on the Postal Podcast. I enjoy listening very much.

    Sep 11, 2012 at 11:26 am
  • Leanne Wendte

    Hearing about where USPS delivers is very interesting. These are just a few places of interest but I am sure each state has interesting delivery locations. Thank you for sharing this information.

    Sep 11, 2012 at 11:34 am
  • Wendy Lunning

    Please enter my name in the drawing for the Bonsai notecards and stamps. Thanks!

    Sep 11, 2012 at 11:35 am
  • Linda Weyers

    A great piece to show the value and dedication of postal employees.

    Sep 11, 2012 at 11:52 am
  • Lynnette Simmer

    How interesting that the postal service has mules carry the mail into the Grand Canyon. I would have never known that this happens if it hadn’t been for the podcast. I think that this is absolutely fantastic.

    I also found it interesting that the carriers in Leadville, CO get to see so much wildlife in their daily life. I would love it if that was the case in Iowa.

    Sep 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm
  • Micky Iseminger

    It is so good to know that we deliver to the ENDS of the United States of America. Hats off to those who work in the most extreme conditions.

    Sep 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm
  • Pam Jensen

    Would like to see the inside walk in cooler at the above Post office. Very interesting.

    Sep 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm
  • Mary Schoenfish

    I really enjoyed the story about delivery of mail and goods by mule pack to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The US Postal Service delivers everywhere!

    Sep 11, 2012 at 1:12 pm
  • Patricia

    Wow…I’d take the Grand Highs of the Leadville CO area over the Mecca CA area and the 120 degree heat any day. Although, the agricultural community does sound wonderful.

    Sep 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm
  • Lori Haler

    I loved this story but I would’ve loved to have seen more pictures of the post offices in the podcast. Just a few more pictures would have made it excellent!

    Sep 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm
  • Uriah Kessay

    In all my years of living in Arizona I’ve never been to the Grand Canyon. I should ship myself to Supai just to be added to the mule ride. Then off to CO. Post Office Road Trip!! (^_^)

    Sep 13, 2012 at 7:24 pm
  • Hettie Patterson

    I really enjoyed the PodCast of the Deliveries in the Grand Canyon, I was born and raised in Arizona, visited the Grand Canyon many times, visited Peach Springs, Williams, Kingman and Supai, what a wonderful story, almost like going home, just for a few minutes.

    Great Story about the Highs and what a grand job… to enjoy the wildlife and the views, and get paid for it.

    Great Story…

    Sep 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm
  • Patty Novak

    I certainly never knew about a Post Office having a walk in freeer. I knew they used the mules, but never thought about freezing milk. That is pretty crazy.

    Sep 17, 2012 at 9:22 am
  • Grannybunny

    Another excellent podcast; especially enjoyed the photos. I knew about the mule deliveries to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, but had never heard the details; fascinating!

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:50 am
  • Greta Koenig

    This intriguing description of some of the extremes the USPS goes to to provide our valuable service was very interesting. It had a nice message about growing our business as well. Makes me proud to be a USPS employee. Kudos

    Sep 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm
  • Ted Snyder

    Great stories this week! I’ve hiked down to Supai and crossed paths with the mule train. As a letter carrier, I had to photograph those parcel tubs strapped to the sides of the patient creatures. Your story brought back great memories of what was, for us, a beautiful adventure, but is, for some, an everyday job.

    Sep 17, 2012 at 8:07 pm
  • Kathryn Hrycko

    Podcast held my interest thru out as unique postal information subjects were featured in contrast. The postal employees in such unique areas added depth to the story for they enjoy the rare worksite enviroments portraying great customer service efforts of USPS. Thanks much for this podcast.

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:18 am
  • Barbara

    What a wonderful story. It is great to see the word come out through these podcasts about the depth and breadth of our service.

    Sep 18, 2012 at 9:40 am
  • Tad R. Hoverstad

    With a walk-in cooler they must not have to fight for refridgerator space!

    Sep 18, 2012 at 11:29 am
  • Deb F.

    What an interesting story, I didn’t know about the mule deliveries to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, learn something new everyday. I really enjoy the podcasts, it’s nice learning about how postal workers do their jobs in different parts of the country.

    Sep 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm
  • Jackie S

    I would love to see P.O. at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. That must be a scary ride to the bottom.

    Sep 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm