The best time to pick apples in Colorado is August through October, so pack the car and explore these fascinating and delicious places with the whole family. There are several orchards around the state to make for an exciting adventure, and some orchards offer fun activities for families and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to bring home.
Big B’s Delicious Orchards
In early September, Big B’s Delicious Orchards opens their doors for U-Pick Apples. Besides picking apples, Big B’s has an amazing café and store, a tap room, live music, and even a campground to hitch a tent and spend the night. Check online to view the live music calendar and plan your visit. No reservations are required to pick apples, and the orchards are open seven days a week. 39126 Highway 133, Hotchkiss. bigbs.com
Store Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10am-8pm; Friday & Saturday, 9am-10pm.
Ya Ya Farm & Orchard
For family-oriented fall activities, head to Ya Ya Farm and Orchard in Boulder County. Not only is there a delicious apple orchard and everything apple products like apple cider donuts and apple pies, but there are also farm stands where families can see mini donkeys, ducks, peacocks, chickens, and more. There is no admission fee, but U-Pick does require reservations in advance. Jump online to reserve a spot today! 6914 Ute Hwy., Longmont. yayafarmandorchard.com
August-October Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday, 10am-3pm; Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday-Sunday, 10am-3pm.
Adam’s Apple Orchard & Country Store
Adam’s Apple’s beautiful orchard grows apples, plums, and pears and invites friends and family to the U-Pick experience. Along with the orchards is a country store with different seasonal products, like fresh fruits, canned jams, and jellies. 42135 Weld County Road 43, Ault. adamsapplecolorado.com
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. U-Pick is only available on Saturday & Sunday.