October is finally here, which means a lot of the country is getting ready to celebrate the fall season. Whether it be wearing boots and scarves, going trick or treating and decorating the house, or (our personal favorite) picking a pumpkin at a pumpkin patch, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season.
At Minnetonka Orchards, we want to use this month to take a look at some of the greatest pumpkin patches throughout the country. We’ve already highlighted a couple of them, and today’s post we’ll be covering the best pumpkin patches in Colorado.
If you live in the Centennial State, then you probably know a thing or two about the wonderful outdoor activities it offers throughout the entire state, no matter the season. However, during fall, nothing beats visiting a Colorado pumpkin patch with the family. Without further ado, let’s jump into our list of the best pumpkin patches in Colorado.
1. Diana’s Pumpkin Patch
Address: 1649 Poplar Ave Canon City, CO 81212
Phone: (719) 821-9133
Diana’s pumpkin patch is a great place to stop (especially if on your way to Royal Gorge). It is easily accessible on Hwy 115. They offer a wide variety of less common pumpkins or still with the jack-o-lantern classic.
Each year Diana’s team builds an entirely new corn maze so expect a great family challenge (the corn is so high you might get lost so bring a partner and plenty of water). They also offer the typical hayrides and corn slides.
Admission is $13 including one pumpkin, open Fri-Sun Sept 21- Oct 31. dianaspumpkinpatch.com
2. Western Mining Museum Pumpkin Patch
Address: 225 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Phone: (719) 488-0880
Western Mining Museum is an exciting family friendly attraction. Stop by the photo booth and capture the great memories you will undoubtedly make here. The facility offers a historic backdrop adorned with festive autumn decor and activities. Be sure to check out the old mining machinery.
October 5th and 6th the Western Mining Museum hosts a large fall harvest festival. You can spend hours here will keep everyone entertained whether you take in the spooky stories, yard games, or a hayride.
Be sure to try some fresh cider and check out the cider press. For the kids they also have bounce houses, gem mining, and tons of fall treats offered by the many food trucks and vendors.
Open every weekend in October admission is $10 and includes your pumpkin. minerspumpkinpatch.com
3. Happy Apple Farm
Address: 1190 1st St, Penrose, CO 81240
Phone: (719) 429-6300
Happy Apple Farm offers fresh berry and apple picking along with their traditional pumpkin patch. Be sure to check their website before visiting to see what other fresh pick your own options are in season.
Apples are $2.09/pound, berries are $5.75/pound but the containers and bags are included with the free admission (along with free hayrides). Pumpkins are $.65/pound.
Happy Apple Farm is so much more than just an apple farm. They have a wide variety of treats available including cider, donuts, and roasted chilis for $30. This is a great attraction for those on a budget because you could visit for a few hours, enjoy the farm and a hayride while paying no admission.
This attraction is about 25 miles from another inexpensive option included on this list. Admission is free, open Wed-Sun 9-4:30.
4. Wishing Star Farm
Address: 24024 CO-94, Calhan, CO 80808
Phone: (719) 244-7252
East of Colorado Springs, Wishing Star Farm is a perfect combination of pumpkin patch and petting farm. A great treat for kids they offer pony rides as well as a variety of farm animals to check out.
In addition to these options Wishing Star Farm offers some cool and unique activities. They have hay rides, a giant hay pyramid for all ages to enjoy (and climb on), yard games, and even a corn bin that you can take a “swim” in.
Admission is $10, pumpkins and pony rides are $4 each. Open Wed-Sun from Sept 19-Oct 31, wishingstarfarm.com
5. Third Street Apples
Address: 935 3rd St, Penrose, CO 81240
Phone: (719) 372-6283
Third Street Apples, in Penrose, offers a great variety of apples including pick your own at $1.99/pound. Peaches are another fruit you will find here and are already picked for you ($1.99/pound). For those that have big ideas for using up fresh peaches they offer a 22 pound box for $30.
Of course pumpkins are available ($.60/pound) too! Third Street Apples keeps their own bees in the orchard and they offer fresh honey as well.
On October 4th the town of Penrose hosts “Penrose Apple Day” a do not miss event! They have a variety of food, vendors, and a parade. Most importantly don’t miss the free apple pie available until noon.
6. Anderson Farms
Address: 6728 County Rd 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516
Phone: (303) 828-5210
Near Denver, Anderson Farms hosts a 20 year old fall festival and includes one of the best pumpkin patches in Colorado, by far. Loved by families from all around they have wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, and over seventy varieties of pick your own squash.
Be sure to bring the whole family to Anderson Farms to enjoy traditional fall fun whether you enjoy the pumpkin cannon, jump pad, or go carts. They have a great petting zoo, tons of stuff for kids to climb and play on, and even more! This is a great attraction for kids and families of all ages.
Admission is $12 on weekdays and $19 on weekends (for ages 4 and up), open until Nov 3rd.
7. Flat Acres Farm
Address: 11321 Dransfeldt Rd, Parker, CO 80134
Phone: (303) 805-1038
Flat Acres Farm takes their pumpkins seriously and have hundreds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds available. In addition you will find a wide variety of fun fall activities including a corn maze, hay rides, and bounce houses. Don’t miss the petting zoo and yard games. Admission is $14 (ages 3 and up), open Wed-Sun 10-6 until October 31st.
8. Chatfield Farms
Address: 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Rd, Littleton, CO 80128
Phone: (720) 865-3500
This huge 10 acre farm is a family favorite offering your traditional pumpkin picking with extra fun activities available. From October 11 to October 13 the annual pumpkin festival is a do not miss.
Munch on a caramel apple while you explore the challenging 7 acre corn maze. If this is too much they also offer a smaller version for little kids. Kids will also love the pony rides and bounce pillows while parents will love the available food trucks and exploring the working farm.
9. Hill’s Harvest
Address: 3225 E 124th Ave, Thornton, CO 80241
Phone: (303) 451-5637
Hill’s Harvest offers fresh grown sugar pumpkins, a necessity for pumpkin pie making. They also sell their own pumpkin pies and offer instructions on how to do it at home. If you are looking for something unconventional you can buy some of the fresh roasted green chilis.
The large pumpkin patch makes finding the perfect pumpkin an adventurous experience. You can also pick up some seasonal fall decor with the small decorative squash, hay bales, and Indian corn. Open through October 31st, Mon-Sat (10-6), Sun (10-5).
10. Maize in the City
Address: 10451 McKay Rd #1, Thornton, CO 80233
Maize in the City offers traditional orange pumpkins in addition to the unique other varieties such as cotton candy and Cinderella pumpkins. The patch is easy to manage and explore. If you are looking to bring the experience home be sure to grab some gourds, Indian corn, or a sugar pumpkin you can turn into homemade pie.
The many activities available include a petting zoo and pony rides. Do not miss the incredible twenty acre corn maze which will provide hours of family fall fun. Admission varies depending on activity, open until October 31st.