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Welcome to the Mountaineer Field House

COVID-19 Update

At this time, in alignment with Western Colorado University’s policy, the Mountaineer Field House Gym no longer requires appropriate face coverings to be worn while within the facility. We encourage all of our patrons to continue to exercise personal responsibility in this phase of the pandemic. Here are some tips for taking personal responsibility:

  • Get vaccinated or boosted
  • Monitor your health and stay home if you are sick
  • Get tested if you become symptomatic
  • Wash your hands, maintain your distance, and be considerate of others
  • Wear a mask if you are not feeling well, if you are recovering from COVID, or simply if you choose
  • Be respectful of individual choice when members of our campus community continue to wear a mask
  • Contact the COVID Response Team if you have questions or concerns

Thank you, Mountaineers!
– The Campus Recreation Team


General Mountaineer Field House Information

The Mountaineer Field House opened in 2014 as a state-of-the-art exercise and wellness center. From morning’s first light to long after dark, the 65,000-square-foot facility is a major hub for student life and many athletic organizations.

The Mountaineer Field House offers everything from three mirrored group fitness rooms to three multi-purpose courts for basketball, volleyball, pickleball, and more. It also has an in-ground trampoline and foam pit, batting and golf-practice cage, as well as a throwing cage and jumping pit for field events.

In addition, the field house offers a 5,844-square-foot Fitness Center made available to conference guests and persons with memberships for both day-use options and group events. And at 7,717 feet, the 200-meter indoor track is the highest collegiate indoor track in the United States.

2022-23 MFH Closures

 The following is an calendar of our anticipated Mountaineer Field House closures for the 2022-2023 academic year. A ‘closure’ denotes the entire facility being closed, including all of its activity areas within the MFH (Fitness Center, Climbing Wall, Activity Rooms, etc.). This closure schedule is based on university-observed holidays. Some dates may change as they near. Specific ‘break hours’ (Spring Break, Winter Break) will be determined as they approach and communicated accordingly. 

Fall 2022: 8/22/22 – 12/16/22

Date Event
Monday, Sept. 5, 2022 Labor Day
Friday, Oct. 4, 2022 Mid-Fall Break
Wednesday, Nov. 23 – Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 Thanksgiving Break

Winter 2022-23: 12/17/22 – 1/8/23

Date Event
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 – Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023 *Winter Break hours in effect*
Friday, Dec. 23, 2022 – Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023 Holiday Closure

Spring 2023: 1/9/23 – 5/5/23

Date Event
Monday, Jan. 16, 2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, Feb. 20, 2023 Presidents Day
Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 17, 2023 Spring Break

Summer 2023: 5/6/23 – 8/20/23 (Tentative)

Date Event
Monday, May 29, 2023 Memorial Day
Monday, June 19, 2023 Juneteenth
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 Fourth of July

Fitness Center Fall/Spring Hours

Monday – Friday:
6 a.m. – 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This student-designed, 43.5-foot wall boasts 3,114 square feet of climbing space.

Whether you’re sending one of our 13 leadable routes, practicing on two free-form cracks, learning multi-pitch skills on our rappel platform or climbing for the first time, our climbing and bouldering wall is unparalleled on any college campus.

Fall/Spring Hours

3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Interested in Working at the Wall?

Come by the Field House front desk for an application!

Certification Courses

Top Rope Climbing Skills Test and Orientation

All climbers who wish to use the roped wall must pass this skills test and orientation. If you’re a new climber and want to take an introductory course to indoor climbing, please register for an upcoming course with Wilderness Pursuits.

Lead Climbing Skills Test and Orientation

All climbers who wish to lead climb must pass this skills test and orientation. If you’re new to lead climbing and want to take an introductory course to lead climbing, please register for an upcoming course with Wilderness Pursuits.

Climbing Wall Orientation

All users who enter the climbing wall area must either complete or have completed the Climbing Orientation, this orientation teaches safety and general space awareness for all users.

Western’s pool facilities will be open for fall hours Monday, August 29 – Tuesday, November 15:

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

6 a.m. – 8 a.m.
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Curious about becoming a member of the Mountaineer Field House?

For Western Faculty and staff, please sign up through your MyWestern account. For community members, please click HERE.

Member Type 2021-2022 Membership Rates Day Month Semester Year Summer Punch Pass
All-Inclusive membership options Allows access to batting/golf cage, climbing wall, equipment rentals, field house courts, Fitness Center, group fitness classes, indoor track and Aquatic Center 10-day passes
  • Undergraduate student
  • Graduate student
  • Extended Studies student
  • Current student registered for at least six Western credits per semester
$5.00 $20.00 $50.00 $150.00 $50.00 $40.00
  • Faculty/Staff/Emeritus
  • Spouse/Partner/Dependent
  • Current Western employees, Sodexo employees and emeritus
  • Spouse, partner or dependent of any Western student, faculty, staff or emeritus
$5.00 $25.00 $60.00 $150.00 $60.00 $40.00
  • Alumni
  • Spouse/Partner/Dependent
  • Retired Western employee
  • Western graduates
  • Spouse, partner or dependent of a Western graduate
  • Retired Western employee
$10.00 $55.00 $165.00 $440.00 $135.00 $80.00
  • Community
  • Any member who doesn’t fit any other member type
$10.00 $80.00 $250.00 $600.00 $200.00 $80.00
  • Community Senior
  • Any member who doesn’t fit any other member type and is 65 years of age or older
$5.00 $55.00 $165.00 $440.00 $135.00 $40.00
Limited Membership Options
  • Climbing Wall Pass
  • Allows access to the climbing wall only
$10.00 $30.00 $75.00 $185.00
  • Adult Pickleball Pass
  • Allows access to pickleball play only
$10.00 $30.00 $75.00 $185.00
Aquatic Center For more information about Aquatic Center passes and prices, please call 970.943.7117. All passes for the pool are available for purchase at the Aquatic Center only.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q – Who is eligible for membership?
A – Current Western students registered for at least 6 credits, current Western Faculty, Staff and Emeritus, current Sodexo employees and Western alumni, as well as spouses, partners and dependents of any of the above people. In addition, community members without any direct affiliation are eligible.

Q – Can community members buy memberships?
A – Yes.

Q – What is included with an unlimited membership?
A – Members have access to the Aquatic Center, batting/golf cage, climbing wall, equipment rentals, field house courts, the Fitness Center, group fitness classes and the indoor track.

Q – Can my child climb on the Western climbing wall?
A – Parents must accompany children under the age of 14. Our wall was designed and the routes are set for college-aged individuals. We do not have auto-belays, children’s harnesses or children’s shoes and our wall is not appropriate or safe for small children.

Q – How do I purchase a membership?
A – Please complete our Membership Form and Waiver and return it to the Front Desk of the Mountaineer Field House.

Q – Can I talk to someone about membership options?
A – Yes! Please contact the Mountaineer Field House Front Desk at 970.943.2110.

The Mountaineer Field House is regularly used by a wide variety of different groups. If you are looking to reserve space in the facility for an event, activity or class, please complete the Mountaineer Field House Space Reservation Request carefully and with clear details to provide the Asst. Director of Campus Recreation – Mountaineer Field House adequate information about the intention of your use. This request helps to ensure there are no conflicts within the facility schedule, you receive all necessary equipment and facility setup for your use, and ample notice is provided. Please be aware that submitting a reservation request does not guarantee your reservation. Requests will be processed and requestors will receive an email from the primary space scheduler when your reservation is confirmed.

Mountaineer Field House Space Reservation Request

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