There’s no better time than autumn to visit a farm. With late fall crops ripe for picking and a nip in the air, farms and fall go together like Harvest and Halloween. Pumpkins and corn mazes, fresh apple cider and marshmallow roasts. . .it’s one of the coziest family seasons of the year.
In Colorado, more and more farms are hosting harvest activities sprinkled with a little Halloween spirit. Here’s a rundown of a few of the farms in the state where you can get lost in a corn maze and pick your favorite pumpkin on a beautiful fall outing.
Diana’s Pumpkin Patch Corn Maze -Indiana Jones is the theme for this year’s 8-acre maze that holds a treasure. Try to find it by day or by night with your flashlight, as there are no lights after dark. Later, sit by the fire pit with s’mores and hot cider. Daytime hayride, other activities, and a pumpkin from the field are included in the admission price. Adults, $9; Seniors, military and kids 12 and younger, $8; kids 5 and younger are free. Open Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through October 31.
Colon Orchards - The family of this fourth-generation farm grows a 5-acre maze at the farm and a 10-acre Abbey Maze (next to the winery), plus they offer hayrides, fall activities and a pumpkin from their patch for $8 per person. Kids 5 and younger are free. You can buy more pumpkins for $5 each. The farm is open every day from 9-5 with farmers market on Saturdays. Abbey Maze is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9-4 through October 27.
Amaizing Pumpkins and More - A variety of pumpkins and gourds grow at this family farm offering a 5-acre haunted corn maze, hayrides, nightly campfire and other activities. Open Fridays 3-10 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. –11 p.m. and Sundays 12-6 p.m. through November 3, 2013. General admission ranges from $6 - $10; children 3 and younger are free.
Fritzler Corn MAiZE - This year’s giant maze is a design of a crying eagle, representing the sadness of Coloradoans affected by the floods and a nation divided. You can view it from above on a helicopter ride offered only on Sundays. Besides the challenging maze and a pumpkin patch, there are zany activities both scary and non-scary for every family member, plus a concession stand. Ticket pricing variations are available for non-scary and haunted experiences; combo tickets range from $10-$35. The Fritzler Corn MAiZE operates from 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. on Fridays, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturdays and 12-6 p.m. on Sundays through November 3.
Covered Bridge Ranch - This scenic ranch is celebrating fall with a pumpkin patch, hayrides, giant haystack, treasure hunt, campfire marshmallow roast, apple cider and interaction with farm animals. All activities and refreshments are included in the $5 admission. The ranch is open Thursdays and Fridays from 3-6 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. through October 27.
Orchard Valley Farms - Enjoy fall bounty with blackberries, veggies and chiles on this 80-acre farm. Savor aromas from the chili roaster or snack on the plunder along the scenic North Fork of the Gunnison River while sipping a glass of wine from Black Bridge Winery. Take a hayride across the historic Black Bridge to pick apples, drink fresh cider and pet farm animals. Hunt for your pumpkin and donate to the Partners of Delta, Montrose and Ouray youth mentoring program. Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily through November 3. A hayride and entry into the petting zoo costs $5.
Miller Farms - Wander through this scary maze in The Haunted Adventure where the Swamp Monster hangs out. For less scary fun, the Fall Harvest Festival runs through mid-November and offers hayrides, corn mazes and a petting zoo, as well as 180 acres of fields to pick ripe vegetables like potatoes, carrots, onions, squash and more. Admission is $10 per person; 50 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Colorado flood recovery efforts. The Fall Harvest Festival is open 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily; Haunted Adventure is open nightly after dusk and runs through October 31.