Big Bend National Park Featured on New Priority Mail Stamp

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Texans have always known that Big Bend National Park is a national treasure. The U.S. Postal Service recently recognized our beautiful wilderness park with their new priority mail stamp. The stamps will be released in January, 2020, and sell for $7.75.

Big Bend National Park is a whole other country. It’s a country of contrasts, with its western border marked by the Rio Grande River and Mexico. This vast natural wonderland (over 800,000 acres of towering cliffs and sandy deserts) also has contrasting temperatures. In the summer, it’s over 100 degrees, while winter brings snow on the Chisos Mountain Range inside the park.

Big Bend’s astonishing variety of plant and animal life draws scientists and tourists alike to explore, or just enjoy the park’s solitude. Named for the bend in the Rio Grande, the national park was dedicated in 1944. Its numerous hiking trails appeal to novice hikers as well as experienced trekkers. Three campsites are available, but not a lot of indoor lodging. The Chisos Lodge inside the park stays open year-round, but it also stays booked far in advance.

Big Bend priority stamp

Photo: U.S. Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service announced Big Bend and Grand Island Ice Caves as two additions to the 2020 Stamp Program. Both stamps will be released on January 18, 2020. No national first-day-of-issue ceremony is planned, but details on obtaining first-day-of-issue cancellations are TBA.

The stamps offer a convenient, single-stamp way to pay for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express Flat Rate shipping. Priority Mail is a fast domestic service. It features flat-rate shipping in one, two, or three business days, depending on where the package starts and where it’s going. Priority Mail Express is available 365 days a year. There’s also a money-back guarantee, plus delivery shipping to most U.S. addresses. They even ship to post office boxes.

“Visit Big Bend is ecstatic about the new Priority Mail Big Bend stamp coming out in January,”  said Robert Alvarez, Executive Director of Visit Big Bend. “The Big Bend area, and the National Park in particular, are so important to Far West Texas that this is a true honor to be recognized in this way by the US Postal Service.”

New Stamp Celebrates Beauty of Big Bend

Grand Island Ice Caves priorty stamp

Photo: U. S. Postal Service

Press materials from U. S. Postal Service state: “The Postal Service celebrates the beauty of the Big Bend region in West Texas, where river, mountain and desert ecosystems coexist in its vast expanses. The stamp art depicts the Rio Grande flowing between the sheer limestone cliffs of Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park.”

The Grand Island Ice Caves are located in Lake Superior on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Priority Express Mail Stamp is designed by Art director Greg Breeding with original art by Dan Cosgrove, and the stamp will sell for $26.35.

Letter Carrier Hyunkyung Kim in Uniform

Photo: U. S. Postal Service

Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through The Postal Store at, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide.