History of Rocky Mountain Pickleball


In 2019, the inaugural Rocky Mountain Tournament Series included the Steamboat Classic, in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Pickleball Open at the Apex Pickleball Complex in Arvada, Colorado. The introduction of both tournaments brought a new level of excitement to players  in Colorado and across the region.


Following a year delay due to the COVID pandemic, 2021 marked the reintroduction of the Steamboat Classic, with over 300 players from around the country at the Steamboat Tennis & Pickleball Center. The early July tournament proved to be a perfect time to visit Steamboat and have a great time on the courts.

August introduced the Rocky Mountain Championships to Denver and the pickleball world. The history making tournament welcomed nearly 1000 athletes to the Gates Tennis Center. Competition included most of the sport's top players, as well as amateurs from around the world. The Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) joined with Rocky Mountain Pickleball to further enhance the tournament experience. The 2021 Rocky Mountain Championships became an immediate hit among players and spectators alike.

The Gates Center was transformed into a pickleball haven, with resurfacing of the Championship and Stadium courts. Expansive seating around the featured courts provided exceptional spectating of the matches. The Championships included 37 courts at the park-like Gates venue. We're looking forward to even more excitment in 2022.

The 2021 Rocky Mountain Pickleball tournament series concluded with the New Mexico Open which was held on Labor Day weekend. Our host venue, the Manzano Mesa pickleball courts, featured 18 permanent courts and excellent specator seating. RMP was pleased to welcome over 300 athletes from 16 states and five countries outside of the the U.S.

2022 & BEYOND

With our 2021 season in the books, we're already planning some exciting tournaments and events for 2022. Our Denver and Albuquerque tournament will be back and better than ever.

We're excited for our friend's at the Steamboat Tennis & Pickleball Center and construction of their 20 new dedicated pickleball courts. Unfortunately the summer construction schedule will not permit the return of the Steamboat Classic tournament until 2023. However, RMP can't wait to return to Steamboat during the summer of 2023 and host the biggest Steamboat Classic yet. Those new courts are going to be amazing. It will be worth the wait!

The 2022 Rocky Mountain Championships will take place from July 27th through 31st. Player registration will open on February 11th, 2022 exclusively on PickleballTournaments.com. So save the date and register early to ensure your spot.

The New Mexico Open will again be held at the Manzano Mesa courts over the Labor Day weekend, September 2nd through 5th. Registration for the tournament will open in April, 2022.