Cortez Pickleball got its start in Montezuma County with the opening of the Cortez Recreation Center in 2004. A few years later, the expansive gym was lined to accommodate two pickleball courts with portable nets. In May 2018, there was a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open six concrete outdoor courts with permanent nets in Centennial Park.
During the exciting early years of pickleball mania in SW CO, participation increased enough to host a tournament by 2021. Although we were new to the event, people enjoyed themselves, and two more were scheduled by local players for the following summer. The Celtic Fair Tournament, in June 2022, drew over 100 competitors. The second outdoor pickleball tournament of 2022, the Cortez Four Corners Classic, was held in August.