With the fall and Halloween approaching, it’s time to think about visiting a New Mexico pumpkin patch.
Here are our picks of the best pumpkin patches in New Mexico. You’ll learn why we picked each one, what makes each a special experience, and where to find more information.
Read on to discover your ideal New Mexico pumpkin patch.
Best Northern New Mexico Pumpkin Patches
Wagner’s Farmland Experience
Corrales, New Mexico
“Experience” is certainly the right word to apply to Wagner’s Farmland Experience among pumpkin patches in New Mexico at picking time. Where else, after all, would pumpkin season be carried out with a tropical theme?
To get a sense of the fun awaiting at Wagner’s Farmland Experience, a truly different New Mexico pumpkin patch, check out Facebook to see last year’s pumpkin season advertised with a photo of a pumpkin, draped in a lei, with a pineapple alongside.
Wagner’s Farmland Experience has all of the traditional seasonal experiences found at pumpkin patches in New Mexico, from a corn maze to hayrides to a petting zoo. But don’t be surprised if you also find a beach ball volleyball game and even a mermaid photo booth to enjoy during your visit to this Nw Mexico pumpkin patch.
Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Affiliated with the Galloping Grace Youth Ranch, which works to educate young people about leadership, community, and, of course, agriculture, the Galloping Goat Pumpkin Patch is certainly special among the pumpkin patches in New Mexico.
Galloping Grace Youth Ranch provides youngsters and their families an opportunity to get an up-close look at a local working ranch. Beyond that, The Galloping Grace Youth Ranch declares its mission to be “bringing PURE JOY to children.”
Programs at the ranch include a leadership development initiative for young people ages 12 to 17, and a summer camp showing ranch life to children from ages 4 to 11.
There’s plenty for youngsters to enjoy at this New Mexico pumpkin patch, from helping Mom and Dad pick out a pumpkin, to taking a turn in the corn pit — like a ball pit, but with corn seed — to pedaling around the tricycle track, and much, much more.
Not Forgotten Outreach Inc.
Taos, New Mexico
Not Forgotten Outreach Inc., an organization supporting military personnel, veterans, their families, and families who have lost loved ones serving in the military, hosts a fall festival each year that includes a pumpkin patch, music, kids’ games, a petting zoo and a pumpkin-carving contest.
According to its website, Not Forgotten Outreach — established on 28 acres of agricultural land in Taos — has provided help to more than 3,500 military families from New Mexico. Its flagship program, VetCorps, provides agricultural training to veterans and family members.
While facilitating new skills that can help them in the transition to civilian life, VetCorps is aimed at improving the full health spectrum of veterans and their families, including assisting them in forging connections in the community as they transition from military to civilian life.
So, if you’d like for your visit to a New Mexico pumpkin patch to count for something more than a day outdoors, you can support the Not Forgotten Outreach Inc.’s fall event.
Best Central New Mexico Pumpkin Patches
Moriarty, New Mexico
Picking a pumpkin is just one of dozens of things to do during a visit to the Pumpkin Patch at McCall’s Farm, a truly amazing New Mexico pumpkin patch that includes a Haunted Farm attraction.
The kid- and family-friendly action at more than 60 attractions on the farm includes everything from racing pedal carts around a track to watching pig races to witnessing the firing of a pumpkin cannon.
Clearly, the sheer volume of things to do sets McCall’s Farm apart from other pumpkin patches in New Mexico.
This season, the Pumpkin Patch is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays starting Sept. 24, and from noon until 6 p.m. Fridays starting Sept. 30. The Haunted Farm opens Sept. 30, with tickets by reservation only. Watch online here for ticket information.
Rio Grande Community Farm
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Although it’s not a pumpkin patch, the Maize Maze operated each year at the Rio Grande Community Farm deserves a mention in this exploration of pumpkin patches in New Mexico.
And it does offer a pick-your-own experience, only with sunflowers instead of pumpkins.
But beyond that, the Maize Maze, a favorite Albuquerque fall season event, offers an opportunity to learn about the work of the nonprofit farm, where activities include the management of a two-acre community garden complete with educational programming and the organic growing of produce.
Additionally, the Rio Grande Community Farm works to enhance local appreciation of the area’s agricultural history and the advantages of locally grown food.
St. Bernard Farms
Clovis, New Mexico
St. Bernard Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch comes complete with a haunted house for your spooky Halloween entertainment. And if you’re not careful, you might wander into the haunted corn maze at New Mexico pumpkin patch.
There is a non-haunted version of the maze for potentially faint-hearted visitors.
This special New Mexico pumpkin patch includes two playgrounds, a chicken show, a chance to see a variety of cute farm animals and an opportunity to play chess or checkers with giant-size pieces.
There is also zero chance that you’ll go hungry during a visit to St. Bernard Farms Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. A recent listing of available edibles included kettle corn, s’mores, fried cookies and turkey legs.
Like other pumpkin patches in New Mexico, St. Bernard Farms offers the convenience of online ticket purchases, which can be made through the farm’s website.
Best Southern New Mexico Pumpkin Patches
Artesia, New Mexico
If there is a New Mexico pumpkin patch designed to create and capture family memories, it’s Heirloom Acres.
If you’d like a special memory of your visit, you can take advantage of Heirloom Acres welcoming your personal professional photographer onto the grounds to capture your family’s day on the farm, one of the more memorable venues among the pumpkin patches in New Mexico.
That day also can include an activity not usually found at pumpkin patches — a chance to gather your family around their own special campfire to savor the day as it comes to a close.
As you’d expect, the pumpkin patch is something special, too, offering ornamental pumpkin varieties like the Specked Hound, the Porcelain Doll and the Polar Bear in addition to more traditional varieties.
Graves Farm & Garden
Roswell, New Mexico
Now part of the decades-long history of the Graves family farm in Roswell, Graves Farm & Garden hosts an annual fall festival that places it among the best pumpkin patches in New Mexico.
In addition to hayrides to the pumpkin patch, visitors to the October festival at Graves Farm & Garden can try their hand at milking a cow, watch ducks race, hunker down for the watermelon-eating contest or the corn-shucking contest, or take a pony ride.
And that’s not even close to everything there is to do at this New Mexico pumpkin patch. There’s a zip line to ride, a corn maze to wander through — but watch out, it’s haunted once the sun goes down! — a pumpkin toss, and a chance to win at least one of the free prizes awarded throughout the day.
Mesilla Valley Maze
Las Cruces, New Mexico
The Mesilla Valley Maze, now closing in on a quarter-century of operation, is becoming a family tradition among southern New Mexico pumpkin patches.
Pumpkin season at the Mesilla Valley Maze runs on weekends from late September through October, with the convenience of ordering tickets online through this link on its website.
There’s a corn maze, which changes every year to present new challenges to visitors young and old. There are giant slides for some fast fun. Or you can try your hand at gem mining, or maybe get your face painted if you like. It’s all part of the fun at one of the best pumpkin patches in New Mexico.
La Union Maze
La Union, New Mexico
The La Union Maze, in the southern edge of the state, boasts a 13-acre maze and a 13-acre pumpkin patch, open on weekends from late September into early November. Hours vary each day, so be sure to check out the maze’s website before heading out to this New Mexico pumpkin patch.
Planning is still underway for this season at La Union Maze, but recent years have included fireworks displays and even a special day for dog owners to bring their animals for a walk through the maze.
And, as a special attraction, the La Union Maze offers what it bills as a “Pumpkin Smash.” The maze’s Facebook page describes the fun this way: “We take our biggest pumpkins, fill them with water, and drop them from a crane for this smashing event.”
Sounds like fun — and sounds like La Union Maze is a great place for some Halloween and fall season fun in one of the best pumpkin patches in New Mexico.
Wrapping up pumpkin patches in New Mexico
We hope you’ve enjoyed our picks for the best pumpkin patches in New Mexico, and we’re even more hopeful you’ve found the perfect New Mexico pumpkin patch to visit.
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As a longtime homeowner, Jim Thompson has tried over the years, with varying degrees of success, to enhance his residential landscapes.
As a reporter and editor for newspapers in rural Georgia, Jim interacted frequently with agricultural experts from the University of Georgia Extension Service, learning about soils and other aspects of growing things for both commercial and residential purposes.
A graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Jim covered a variety of beats before retiring and embarking on writing for Minneopa Orchards.
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