Bus service taking people from Colorado City to Pueblo to pick up mail after the post office closes

COLORADO CITY, Colo. (KRDO) — Colorado City no longer has a post office. According to Colorado City officials, an agreement between a contract employee and the United States Postal Service (USPS) ended about two weeks ago. This resulted in the closure of the town post office. Since then, residents have had to go to the post office on the north side of Pueblo to pick up their mail.

Note left on the front door of the Colorado City Post Office

It’s not the first time this has happened. The post office also closed in 2019.

KRDO has contacted USPS, which says it is working to resolve the issue, but does not have a definitive solution at this time.

The latest statement from the USPS

The Main Resource Development Agency (SRDA) offers free bus rides to the Pueblo post office. It’s nearly 50 miles round-trip from Colorado City to the Pueblo Post Office, but SRDA hopes more people will take advantage of this resource.

“We are here for you. We can hold ten passengers, so please come and use it. It is a good service for the community. [It] saves you driving,” said Richard Erickson, SRDA bus driver.

The agency offers a free ride every Saturday at 5000 Cuerno Verde Co City 81019 at 10 a.m.

SRDA also told KRDO that residents can make an appointment to get a free bus ride to the post office during the week.

However, it is a frustrating ordeal for the elderly and those who cannot afford to travel by car.

“Now we have to wait at least a week to get our statements so we can pay our bills, and that’s just a hassle,” said Willie Aguilera.

Aguilera says he and others depend on courier services to get medicine and pay bills on time.

“You know I can still drive, but sometimes I take risks. My wife can’t drive, so what else can I do, you know?” Aguilera added.

The post office currently has one line for Pueblo residents and one for Colorado City residents.

Alejandro L. Myatt