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.
  • On Thursday, a Bureau of Land Management committee will hold a public meeting in Durango to consider whether a master leasing plan is necessary to designate land for new gas wells in La Plata and Montezuma counties. The federal agency estimates up to 2,000 new wells are destined for Southwest Colorado over the next 30 years, which will...
  • Candidates for Cortez City Council took some tough questions last week on hot topics such as the Paradise Village project and long-term problems like economic development and drug addiction.The Journal sent all the candidates a list of 15 questions. These five highlight the candidates goals and their views on...
  • The ongoing conflict between the Environmental Protection Agency and the owner of the Gold King Mine shows no signs of slowing in 2016, with a land-use agreement set to expire in March.The two sides take starkly different tones about negotiationsEPA "Mr. Hennis' Consent for Access to EPA expires at the end of...
  • A new outdoor gear store has opened in downtown Cortez.Colorado Love Outdoors sells camping, boating, and hiking gear, plus skateboards and blading equipment.Owners Jeff Mobley and Michelle Harrison saw a need for locally owned outdoor shop that caters to the recreation crowd and tourists.Mobley is an experienced...
  • The BLM has withdrawn a proposed oil-and-gas lease sale over concerns that it was too close to McPhee dam, officials say.Parcel 7379 is a 720-acre piece of private land with federal subsurface minerals situated west of McPhee Reservoir at the end of County Road Z.The parcel was listed in September for a Feb. 11 lease sale.