It’s time to get out and breathe that crisp, fall air. Harvest time at farms and plots across Colorado’s Front Range means pumpkins, gourds, hay, corn, and animals; many even incorporate carnival-like attractions. Find a corn maze, pumpkin patch, or fall festival nearby, or make a day trip to one!
September 22 through October 31. Daily, hours vary
Make a private campfire station (by reservation) your home base for snacking on s’mores and concessions, then venture out to conquer the 25-acre corn maze, pick up a squash or gourd, ride the pedal karts, and more. Terror in the Corn and Zombie Paintball Hunt are available after dark, if you dare. Find tickets online. $15 age 4 and up (Mon to Thu), $23 weekend; free ages 3 and under. Anderson Farms, Erie.
Sept. 16 through Oct. 31. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pick a pumpkin from the field, pet a farm animal, get the wiggles out on the playground, and enjoy a relaxing hayride at this patch. Free parking and entry, $1 to $5 produce and activities. The Bartels Farm, Fort Collins.
Sept. 17 through Oct. 31. Wed and Thu (Sept.), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Fri to Sun (Sept.), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon and Tue (Oct.), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wed to Sun (Oct.), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit this 41-acre farm just 25 minutes from Denver where you’ll find a pony rides, gourd launchers, tube swings, a hay maze, and more. Concessions (i.e. hot dogs, BBQ, fries and fried desserts) are available on the weekends. $12-$15. Colorado Pumpkin Patch, Monument.
Sept. 17 through Oct. 31. Fri to Sun, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Take on the big bee-themed maze at the Littleton location of Denver Botanic Gardens, or send a little one through the kiddie size maze. Try a barrel train ride, or a pirate ship escape room. Picnic tables are available on a first-come first-served basis; bring your own food or purchase from vendors onsite. The pumpkin patch is accessible during the Pumpkin Festival October 8, 9, and 10. Purchase tickets online. Halloween masks and costumes are not permitted. $13 adult member; $15 adult, $13 student, senior, military, child (ages 3 to 15), $10 child member; free age 2 and under. Additional fees for the escape room. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, Littleton.
Sept. 25 through Oct. 31. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In need of a gourd time? Take the family to this farm offering wagon rides (October weekends), a corn and straw bale maze, farm animal visits, and family activities. Prepaid admissions strongly recommended, especially on weekends. $5, free age 5 and under. Cottonwood Farms, Lafayette.
Sept. 18 through Oct. 17. Fri and Sat, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; open by appointment during the week
This family-owned patch is celebrating 20 years serving the community through corn maze and pumpkin patch fun. This year’s maze is cut in the shape of the farm’s logo. The corn bin, hay slide, climbing rope, duck races, and one pumpkin are included with admission. Take home some decorative harvest items (for purchase) to remember your time by. $13, free age 5 and under; $33 season pass. Diana’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze, Cañon City.
Sept. 25 through Oct. 31. Thu to Sun, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Go beyond the hay bale and corn maze (also available here) and jump into bounce houses, giant Jenga games, petting zoos, and tractor tides. Many activities are geared for kids ages 10 and under. Older youth and adults might extend their stays for the Fright Acres or airsoft attractions (at an extra cost). $16, $5 age 65 and older, free age 2 and under. Flat Acres Farm, Parker.
Oct. 1 through 3. Oct. 1, 5 to 8 p.m.; Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Oct. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The usual prairie fall-themed games, art depot, artisan demonstrations, live music, and marketplace are back at Four Mile’s festival. Build Your Own Scarecrow is back by popular demand; kids can stuff, dress, and decorate their own pal. Don’t miss out on new attractions including axe throwing, s’mores, and an Inventing Room where you can order hot cider with exploding whipped cream or pumpkin spice space foam treats. See online for tickets and details. $8 to $16 general admission, $35 to $50 VIP admission. Four Mile Historic Park, Denver.
Sept. 19 through Oct. 31. Fri, 4 to 10 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun, noon to 5 p.m.; Wed and Thu (Oct. 20 and 21), 6 to 9 p.m.
Ever played human foosball, got caught in a big spider web, shot a pumpkin from a cannon, or watched pigs race? You can do all of that and a dozen more fall fun activities at Fritzler Farm. Find tickets online. $22.95 entry includes most activities, free age 2 and under. Fritzler Farm Park, La Salle.
Aug. 29 through Oct. 31. Thu to Sun, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pick apples (light this year due to spring weather) and pumpkins at this orchard/patch combination experience. Peruse the little shop’s sweet treats; don’t miss the apple cider donuts! Pets welcome. Free admission. Happy Apple Farm, Penrose.
Sept. 24 through Oct. 31. Fri to Sun, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Hours of fun await with the numerous attractions dotting these festival grounds. Pan for gold in a creek after taking a hay wagon ride, find your way out of a large corn maze, race on pedal karts, and jump on a giant inflated pumpkin. Refresh your energy with lemonade, kettle corn, and apple cider donuts made on site. Find tickets online. $19.95, $16.95 seniors and military, free age 3 and under. Entry includes most activities. Lone Creek Farms, Franktown.
Oct. 2 through Oct. 31. Sat to Sun, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Try your hand at fashioning a scarecrow ($40, materials provided), wind through a corn maze, and visit with some animals on site. One pumpkin included per paid admission; fall decorating items including gourds, straw bales, and corn are available. $12, free age 2 and under. Mazzotti Farms, Hudson.
Sept. 6 through Nov. 14. Daily, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pick your own veggies, go through the corn maze, climb the dirt hill, and celebrate harvest season on an ample farm. Visit “Antique Alley,” dive into the “Croc-pit” (chopped-up Croc shoes), then enjoy a picnic lunch. Harvest ride: $25 ages 14 and up, $15 ages 4 to 14, free under age 4. Miller Farms, Platteville.
Oct. 9 through 30. Sat, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Head to the Miners’ patch and enjoy pumpkin picking, hay rides, spooky stories, lawn games, and apple cider press concessions. $10 admission (online purchase), $12 admission (in person), includes all activities and a pumpkin. Western Museum of Mining & Industry, Colorado Springs.
Sept. 25 through Oct. 31. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This family-run farm offers heaps of pumpkins, gourds, corn, and straw bales, all available for picking and purchasing. Hay rides are offered on Saturdays and Sundays. Free parking and admission; dogs are allowed (on-leash). Free parking and admission; produce prices vary. Osborn Farm, Loveland.
Oct. 1 through 31. Sat and Sun, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Come for the certified organic pumpkins and winter squash; stay for the hay maze, petting zoo, and carnival rides (geared toward young kids and adults who like to play). Snag a snack from food trucks and vendors selling funnel cakes, cotton candy, brats, and pretzels on weekends. Free parking and admission. $1 to $8 per activity. Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch, Longmont.
Sept. 17 through Oct. 31. Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spin in tire swings, race through a straw maze, climb a wall, jump on a giant pillow, and make a baby goat your pal. It’s all possible at this fall playground. After working up an appetite, settle in for a picnic of your own creation or sourced from concessions. No reservations required. $12 admission (includes activities), $5 per pumpkin and pony ride. Wishing Star Farm, Ellicott.