Outdoor Adventures

Explore Colorado’s ​​Family-Friendly Fall Activities

As much as we’ll miss paddleboarding in the mountains and backyard barbecues in the summer, there’s plenty of outdoor fall activities to keep the family busy all season long – including apple-picking, pumpkin-carving, hayrides, and corn mazes! To help you get started, we’ve rounded up a list of the best apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and corn mazes in Colorado to prioritize now that leaf-peeping season is slowly winding down.

So if you’re ready to have a ball this fall, grab your coziest sweater, breathe in the crisp air, and head over to one of these fun-packed locations! Oh, and don’t forget your PSL!

Apple Orchards

YA YA Farm & Orchard

Admission: No admission fee, but reservation is required for Apple (and other fruit) picking.

Enjoy all things apple at Ya Ya Farm & Orchard, including apple picking, apple cider donuts, apple pies, and more. The orchard is part of a historic century-old farm. Take the whole family along to pick apples and visit with their farm animals. They care for draft horses, mini donkeys, chickens, ducks, and even peacocks. Bring a picnic and make a day of it!

Hours vary by day, so be sure to follow them on Facebook or their website for more information.

Location: 6914 Ute Highway, Longmont, CO 80503


Adam’s Apple Orchard & Country Store

Admission: No admission fee and no reservation required for U-pick. U-pick is only available on Saturday and Sundays.

Adam’s Apple Orchard & Country Store is more than just a U-pick orchard. They grow over 150 varieties of apples and have an array of fruits, jams, cider, jellies, and salsas in their country store. They believe in providing a fun, relaxing, and delicious experience and welcome visitors to meet the farmers who work hard to grow their incredible fruit.

Location: 42135 Weld County Road 43, Ault, CO 80610


Happy Apple Farm

Admission: No admission fee and no reservation required for U-pick.

One of Southern Colorado’s largest U-pick farms, Happy Apple Farms, has apples, blackberries, raspberries, and pumpkins. On the weekends, you can enjoy smoked applewood BBQ with a side of freshly baked apple or pumpkin pie! Free hayrides for all, and pets are welcome too.

Location: 1190 1st Street, Penrose, CO 81240


Peachfork Orchards & Vineyard

Admission: No admission fee and no reservation required for U-pick.

Peachfork Orchards might be the most picturesque apple orchard in Colorado, nestled in the Rocky Mountains surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery; it’s a must-visit if you’re passing through the Western Slope. Kids can occupy themselves picking a variety of perfectly ripe apples while parents browse the selection of specially made wines.

Location: 281 33 Road, Palisade, CO, 81526

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms

Admission: $15 for adults, $13 for adult member, student, senior (65+), military, child (ages 3-15), $10 child member, free for children 2 and under (no ticket required).

Your kids will be endlessly entertained winding their way through Chatfield Farms’ 7-acre corn maze filled with twists, turns, and countless dead ends. Kids under 10 can explore the mini-corn maze and take a barrel train ride. Families can also participate in a pirate-themed Escape Room experience and use clues to solve their way out while racing to beat the clock.

Location: 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128


Maize in the City

Admission: Admission to the site and pumpkin patch is free. Pumpkin prices vary by size & variety. Corn maze is $14 for adults and $10 for children (12 and under). Mini-corn maze is $5 for children.

Do you have what it takes to complete a 20-acre corn maze? Find out at Maize in the City! You can navigate the full-sized corn maze or alternate mini-maze using their custom smartphone trivia game. For a fun challenge, divide your family into teams and see who can make it out fastest. Then head over to the pumpkin field to pick your perfect locally grown pumpkin.

Location: 10451 McKay Road, Thornton, CO 80229


Cottonwood Farm

Admission: $5 per person pre-admission, $7 for walk-ins. Children 5 and under and seniors 65 and over are free for admission and wagon rides.

Visit Cottonwood Farm for various fun family activities like a 4-acre corn maze, straw bale maze, and wagon ride. Find the perfect pumpkin for each member of the family. Whether they prefer tall and thin, short and fat, extra-large, or one with extra warts, the right pumpkin is waiting for you. Bring your own red wagon for pumpkin pickin’ or borrow one of theirs!

Location: 110600 Isabelle Road, Lafayette, CO 80026


Anderson Farms

Admission: Children 3 & under are free admission. Ages 4 & up are $17 for weekdays and $27 for weekends. Some activities are sold separately such as campfire rental, Terror in the Corn, and Zombie Paintball Hunt.

If you thought a 20-acre corn maze was massive, wait until you see Anderson Farms’ 30-acre corn maze, with over 8 miles of trails! Anderson Farms is one of Colorado’s largest fall destinations and will have something fun for even the pickiest person in your family. From hayrides to pumpkin picking, farm animals, pedal karts, campfire rentals, zombie paintball hunt, and so much more.

Location: 6728 County Road 3 1/4, Erie, CO 80516


Woman in Corn Maze in Fall

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch

Admission: There is no admission fee onto the site and parking is free. Activities are offered on a pay-per-person per-activity basis. The number of tickets for each activity varies.

Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch is the place to entertain teens. They build a lot of Instagram-worthy displays with their pumpkins, squash, and gourds. Capture those perfect autumn photos to show off to your friends, family, and followers! Don’t worry, they have plenty of fall carnival fun for the younger kiddos and the original pick-a-pumpkin patch.

Location: 9059 Ute Highway, Longmont, CO 80503


Colorado Kids Ranch

Admission: Children 3 & under are free admission. Kids (Ages 4 to 17) start at $15. Adults (Ages 18 to 64) start at $14. Active or retired military, first responders, senior rates (Ages 65 and older) start at $12. Some activities are sold separately such as face painting, pony rides, and pumpkins. Pumpkin prices vary by size & variety.

Only 35 minutes from South Denver and 20 minutes north of Colorado Springs, this family farm has a little bit of everything…literally. The Colorado Kids Ranch lists 25+ fall activities for families to participate in. A few of these include pumpkin picking, jumping pillows, hay maze, yard games, pony rides, face painting, petting zoo, stuff the scarecrow, and outdoor laser tag.

Location: 18065 Saddlewood Road, Monument, CO 80132


Fritzler Farm Park

Admission: Ages 3 and up require paid admission with one of the pass options available. Fun pass is $19.95 online or $24.95 at the gate. Ultimate fun pass is $31.95 online or $36.95 at the gate. See the website for additional information on each pass admission.

Have you ever wanted to launch a pumpkin out of a cannon? Now you can! That is one of many fall activities to take part in at Fritzler Farm Park. They have a pumpkin patch, pedal go-karts, barrel trains, beer garden, yard games, an inflatable obstacle course, and more. They also take pride in their corn maze designs and choose a different theme and layout every year.

Location: 20861 Co Road 33, La Salle, CO 80645


Pope’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze

Admission: Ages 3 and up require paid admission. See the website for additional information on each pass admission.

Pope’s Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze has a 5-acre corn maze. They also added corn cannons and more haunted attractions to make the experience more entertaining for those who like a good scare. They also have plenty of non-scary fun, such as towering hay mountain, pumpkin train rides, corn hole, the pumpkin pulverizer, and more.

Location: 19502 Co Road 3, Wiggins, CO 80654


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