Colorado’s favorite peaks got a spot in the newest set of postage stamps

Maroon Bells was the obvious choice here. Their striated red peaks are unmistakable, and 325,000 people visited the site last year.

A stamp image of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Arizona and Utah by David Muench is at left. At right is    Maroon Bells peaks, Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado, copyright Tim Fitzharris/Minden Pictures.

A stamp image of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Arizona and Utah by David Muench is at left. At right is Maroon Bells peaks, Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado, copyright Tim Fitzharris/Minden Pictures.

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After gracing millions of Instagram accounts, Maroon Bells is moving to the littlest big league: stamps.

The peaks are featured in the U.S. Postal Service’s new stamp series, “O Beautiful.” The set of 20 stamps aims to “showcase the country’s extraordinary natural beauty.” (It’s not the most original stamp theme ever, but at least it’s on brand.)

The Bells were the obvious choice here. Their striated red peaks are unmistakable, and 325,000 people visited the site last year. They’re a truly surreal sight, made even stranger by the way the soil of the hiking trails turns a purplish-red as you draw closer.

Anyway, they’re the only part of Colorado to be included in the new series, while California got seven different stamps. C’mon!

Also, there are four different wheat fields pictured. Good for you, Kansas. You can buy these bad boys at the post office, or at the post office’s website.

Stamps, including Maroon Bells. © USPS 2018

Stamps, including Maroon Bells. © USPS 2018

A stamp image of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Arizona and Utah by David Muench is at left. At right is    Maroon Bells peaks, Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado, copyright Tim Fitzharris/Minden Pictures.

A stamp image of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in Arizona and Utah is at left, while Maroon Bells is at right. © 2018 USPS