Parks & Recreation


 The Recreation Center continues to offer the following services:

Facility hours 5:30am-7pm Monday - Friday; 8am-2pm Saturday.

Indoor swimming pool hours 5:30am-2pm Monday – Friday.

Lap lanes will be available for lap swimming, rhythmic water exercise and water safety only. Reservations are recommended and can be made by telephone or in person 72 hours in advance. Max of three people per lap lane if all 3 are from the same household. Social distancing of 6 ft. between patrons between each lane. Kids pool closed at this time.

Patrons will be allowed on fitness equipment located upstairs while continuing to adhere to 6 ft. of social distance.

Walking track is available. Masks are required.

Gymnasium is available for basketball and pickleball. Use of personal basketballs only. Pickleball is available 8am-3pm Monday-Friday and 8am-noon Saturday by reservation. Masks are required.

Racquetball court, maximum of 4 persons per court with no waiting or sharing the courts. Masks are required.

We offer a very limited number of fitness classes. Reserve up to 72 hours in advance by notifying front desk in person or calling to reserve. Classes must be paid for at time of reservation; no refunds for no call no show. 9 patrons and 1 instructor in the Mesa/Canyon room. Adhere to 6 ft. social distance at all times. Masks are required.


5:35am - Spin

9am – SilverSneakers Classic (15 patrons)


9:15am – Tai Chi

12 Noon – Yoga


5:35am - Spin

9am – SilverSneakers Classic (15 patrons)


5:35am - Spin

9:15am – Tai Chi


9am – Yoga

Locker Rooms are available.   Men’s and Women’s locker rooms open Monday – Friday 5:30am-2pm. Public lockers are unavailable with the exception of the rented lockers in the main hall. Family changing rooms and upstairs/downstairs bathrooms available.

Room reservations are available on a very limited basis. For meetings or training only, maximum occupancy of 10, social distancing/masks required.

 Still closed until subsequent tiers:

Rock wall

Leisure pool/lazy river/kiddie pool

Child watch

Pool Table

Public lockers

 What to expect when using the recreation center:

 Temperatures will be taken at the door. Must be cooler than 100.4.

Masks are required in the building but may be removed while using exercise equipment. Masks are required on the track, in the gymnasium, in the racquetball courts and during fitness classes.

Staff will wear masks.

Patrons must maintain 6 ft. of social distance.

Yellow caution tape marks closed areas.


June 4, 2020

As concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue, the health and safety of our community and partner organizations are very important to us. The current situation is developing and we are closely monitoring information from Public Health officials in Montezuma County and the State of Colorado and will follow their recommendations moving forward.

Golf, Tennis and Pickleball are open at TIER II levels (See “Opening Procedures” documents)

Outdoor Basketball courts and Disc Golf Course are open.

Effective June 18, 2020 Playgrounds are available.

Again, information is coming from the Public Health officials in Montezuma County and the State of Colorado and is changing from day to day. We will continue to stay abreast of these changes and recommendations and make operational and closure decisions accordingly. The parks are still open, however, we believe that the closures will encourage social distancing. It is our goal to do everything possible to protect the health of our community to the best of our ability.


Dean Palmquist

Park and Recreation Director

City of Cortez

image1 (2)The mission of the Cortez Parks and Recreation Department is to provide the community with the opportunity to participate in quality recreational programs and to enjoy well maintained parks, facilities, and golf course. 

The Cortez Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for the oversight of the parks, trails, open space, ball fields, outdoor swimming pool, golf course, recreation center, recreation programs, and a shared responsibility with the Cortez Public Works Department in addressing the community forestry program. The department is responsible for over 600 acres of parkland, natural areas, golf course, lakes, and undeveloped park space. The City of Cortez has a public tree population of 2,458 trees. Of these, 1,032 are street trees and the remaining 1,426 trees are located within the park system or on the Conquistador Golf Course.

The Cortez Parks and Recreation Department operates the Cortez Recreation Center, which includes a gymnasium, cardiovascular and weightlifting equipment, climbing wall, racquetball courts, walking/jogging track, competition lap pool, leisure pool with a lazy river, water play features, enclosed water slide and a tot slide, meeting rooms, pool table, and child care.

The Cortez Parks and Recreation Department offers youth and adult sport programs, including youth tennis, youth and adult basketball, adult softball, adult volleyball, and adult pickle ball. Also, we offer general recreation programs, including swimming lessons, exercise classes, a youth day camp during the summer months, a youth after school club, senior day trips, a fishing derby, and a skate park competition.