With fall’s cool weather and leaf drop, anything having to do with pumpkins is perfect! And what better way to ring in the fall season than to visit an Arizona pumpkin patch?
Enjoying the colorful environment while trekking to fields where pumpkins grow is what makes fall beautiful. However, there isn’t just one patch in the state to do this, so which is the best patch?
Keep reading to learn about our 11 picks of the best pumpkin patches in Arizona!
Best Northern Arizona Pumpkin Patches
Mortimer Farms is a working farm preserving the American farming tradition. They will happily educate you on how they grow their own food all year round, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
According to a blogger, the Farms’ pumpkin patch is best visited on weekdays, as weekends tend to be busy. She also advises bringing a hat and plenty of water and sunscreen since it’s usually sunny and dusty.
Besides pumpkins, attractions like the zipline, giant tube slides, and animal interactions will make visiting the patch more excitable!
The Willis Farm and Ranch
The Willis Farm and Ranch’s pumpkin patch is open every weekday afternoon and late Saturday mornings. However, a visitor reported that the patch will close if there’s rain, so check the weather before going.
Train rides and pumpkin blasters are the usual attractions at a pumpkin patch like the Willis Farm, as are corn mazes. But what if they had one for kids and a haunted corn maze for adults? Willis Farm’s got them!
And how many pumpkin patches in Arizona or anywhere else include laser tag as a non-pumpkin-picking activity?
Viola’s Flower Garden
A half mile south of the Coconino fairgrounds, Viola’s Flower Garden is considered Flagstaff’s Halloween headquarters, open throughout October every year.
Though it’s mostly a nursery for flowers, Viola holds 20 varieties of pumpkins to choose from in great displays. After picking a pumpkin, you can decorate it at the decorating station if you’re opting to avoid carving knives.
It has a straw maze, photo ops, and old-fashioned carnival games, including the toilet paper toss. No soon-to-be trick-or-treater would want to pass that up!
Best Central Arizona Pumpkin Patches
Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch
The Chandler Fashion Center’s Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch is a perfect carnival experience in the fall! Open from October 13 to Halloween, you’re in for more than a shopping spree!
Though the rides make the patch seem exclusive to kids ages two to eight, anyone of all ages is still welcome! They can pick pumpkins, play carnival games, and have faces and pumpkins painted!
The fun begins in the late weekday afternoons and starts early on weekends. If you’re babysitting or your kids want an after-school outing, grab their Halloween costumes and go to the mall!
Justice Brothers Ranch and U-Pick
A citrus orchard, yes, but a pumpkin patch is part of the Justice Brothers Ranch and U-Pick nonetheless. For three years in a row starting in 2018, this patch was listed as a top pick on azcentral.com!
The website notes Peoria Road as inaccessible, so the map gives an additional route to get there. However, admission’s free, so from Wednesday to Sunday, you’re free to enter and sample different sizes and colors of pumpkins!
For further entertainment, the ranch has a free pumpkin-decorating station, mechanical bull and pony rides, and a petting zoo.
Old MacDonald has a ranch, E-I-E-I-O! And on his ranch, he has a pumpkin patch! MacDonald’s Ranch has a patch that holds fresh pumpkins provided by local Arizona farmers!
The ranch is known for its horseback riding, hayrides, and cowboy cookouts, all for a western experience. Other activities include a mechanical bull, a pedal car and track for kids, and a scavenger hunt.
Throughout October (except on Tuesdays and Halloween), you get certain discounts on your admission. Any way to save money while picking a pumpkin and having a good time is worth a trip!
Mother Nature’s Farm
Mother Nature’s Farm is rated the best Arizona pumpkin patch by the New Times. Family-owned and operated, the farm strives to become part of family traditions and a highlight for school tours.
Unlike some of the pumpkin patches in Arizona, this farm opens in late September. From then till Halloween means more time to enjoy the spider web crawl, take a hayride, and select a pumpkin!
To avoid crowds, a recent visitor advises going early on weekdays. If you’d like to feed the animals but don’t want to pay extra for animal food, bring carrots.
Rocker 7 Farm Patch
Like Mortimer Farms, Rocker 7 Farm Patch prides itself on agricultural education for families and students. Pumpkins reduce in number when the fall season advances according to a visitor, so come early!
Farming techniques and pumpkins won’t always keep your kids’ attention, so attractions like pedal carts will keep them busy. The patch also has a tractor tire playground, a barrel train, and cotton and sunflower fields to roam in.
If you have a special occasion in October, Rocker 7 offers event rentals. With the barn’s new lighting and power access, these gatherings can make for a great time in a wide open space!
Tolmachoff Farms is a four-generation family farm committed to growing fresh u-pick produce. All of October, from weekday afternoons (except Mondays and Tuesdays) to all-day weekends, is when you can go pick your pumpkins.
The farms’ haunted six-acre corn maze, running from September 30 to Halloween, features the AZ Field of Screams’ terrifying scenes. To keep it less scary for the kids, show them the hay pyramid, train rides, and the tomato cannon.
Best Southern Arizona Pumpkin Patches
Apple Annie’s Orchard
Apple Annie’s Orchard is a family-owned and operated orchard offering not only apples but other u-pick produce. Pumpkins are especially one of them in the orchard’s Williams Road location!
Just like Mother Nature’s Farms, this Arizona pumpkin patch is open from late September to Halloween! To get to the 40-plus-acre pumpkin patch, take a hayride or a scenic walk with your pumpkin-picking supplies.
Annie’s Orchard also has a corn maze that, compared to other patches’ corn mazes, has three levels of difficulty. That’s perfect for anyone who wants a brain teaser before or after finding the perfect pumpkin!
Marana Pumpkin Patch
With 50 acres of homegrown pumpkins, the Marana Pumpkin Patch has many varieties to choose from. Except for Halloween, it’s open throughout October on Thursday and Friday afternoons and all day on weekends.
To avoid crowds, Marana’s FAQ page recommends coming on their open weekdays and October’s first two weekends.
Their website includes a 360° virtual reality map of this Arizona pumpkin patch. Before making the trip, check out the place and its attractions, like the jumping pillow and pig races! How does one pass up the chance to watch such a race?
Come Visit the Best Pumpkin Patches in Arizona!
So which of the 11 patches piques your interest? No matter which pumpkin patch in Arizona you choose, you’ll have a fun fall season with family and friends! It doesn’t have to only be a season of frights!
As you plan a great fall experience, check out our Pumpkin Plants page and discover more patches throughout the USA!