Cortez, CO

The list of activities for visitors to Cortez, Colorado and the surrounding area is endless. Cortez's beautiful location, nestled between the mountains and desert, offers a wide variety of outdoor activities.   The cultural diversity of the area will give visitors an opportunity to learn about ancient inhabitants of the area, as well as current residents. Mesa Verde Country Tourism is a great starting point for planning your trip.  While in the area, visit the Colorado Welcome Center to get all the information you will need for a great adventure. The Parks and Recreation Department has several facilities for the use of the community and visitors. Our parks offer a wide range of recreational opportunities, including picnic spots and sports fields.  The Conquistador Golf Course is a championship 18-hole golf course with sand traps, water hazards, practice driving range and putting green. The Cortez Municipal Aquatics Complex is open to the public seven days a week during the summer months for your enjoyment. The Cortez Recreation Center offers fun for everyone! It features pools, climbing walls, and numerous amenities.
  • "I'm OK. Bye dad."Those were the last words uttered by Natalie Whiteplum Hatch via telephone to her father on Sept. 15, 2013. The family had planned to go shopping with their 21-year-old daughter the following day instead, they started making funeral arrangements. An expecting mother, Hatch was gunned down in the...
  • Many miles from any hardwood forest, a milling company in Cortez is on track to sell more flooring this year than ever before.Muscanell Millworks, along with many hardwood flooring companies, was hit hard by the recession. But this year the company sold 1 million square feet of flooring by Aug. 6 and is on track to exceed its...
  • Wild horse advocates concerned about feral herds at Mesa Verde National Park are reconsidering a roundup to reduce populations at the park.The Colorado Chapter of the National Mustang Association announced they may move forward with the roundup process after backing out of an earlier one because of unfavorable Colorado...
  • Cost overruns and lack of financial oversight caused this year's Montezuma County Fair to go 7,500 over budget, zeroing out its bank account.Management problems and financial missteps by the fair board were revealed during a marathon presentation to the Montezuma County commission Monday.Ironically, participation was up...
  • A Cortez teenager convicted of second-degree murder is likely to receive a 30-year prison term when sentenced by Chief District Court Judge Doug Walker today.Initially charged with murder and attempted murder, Jeroen Begay, 19, avoided the possibility of life behind bars by pleading guilty to second-degree murder in July. A masked Begay...