*I technically spent a weekend at Big B’s Delicious Orchard a few weekends before, but no pumpkins were purchased so it doesn’t quite count. You can see more from my weekend at Big B’s Delicious Orchard in Hotchkiss, Colorado here!*
For our pumpkin patch road trip we went north from Denver with a few other couples on a beautiful Sunday afternoon during the second weekend of the month.
Beforehand, we did our research and I scoured Instagram, Tik Tok, and Pinterest to create a list of the best places to visit. We found nearly a dozen farms we could visit. We narrowed down our choices by distance and excluded those that had already sold out.. Some require tickets, so check their website before arriving!
Here is how we spent our Sunday afternoon:
We drove north from Denver to Longmont for our first stop at The Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch. It is located off of Highway 66, and there are several farms on this stretch of road.
The Pumpkin Ranch greeted us with an extremely long parking line, but it was free to enter so we waited it out. Luckily, and it didn’t take too long to get in and park.
The Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch is not really a “ranch”. It's more of a large fruit stand coupled with a Fall festival. It is very family friendly and the attractions were geared toward young children.
They did have a great selection of pumpkins, but they were already picked off the vine and laid out in rows and buckets. We bought a whole bunch of little gourds and strange colored pumpkins, but we were looking for something a little different for our carving pumpkins.
We paid per pound and headed off to our next farm.
Stop #2 - Ya Ya Farm & Orchard
We also bought apple butter, apple cider, jams, and jellies. No one bought pumpkins, though, and I am not sure they had any for sale. YaYa’s is known for their delicious varieties of apples, so we stuck to those products instead.
It was a quick, but delicious stop at YaYa’s Orchard!
Stop #3 - Fritzler Farm Park
Fritzler Farm Park was a 30 minute drive from the other farms and it was the only farm we paid to enter, but it was all worth it because we truly saved the best stop for last!
There were also big slides, inflatables for the kids, a beer garden, carnival games, and a gigantic corn maze. The corn maze was so large that we couldn’t quite make it out before the sun started setting and had to take a hint from one of the ‘corn cops’.
Fritzler was also the only farm we attended that actually had a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch, and we picked our perfect carving pumpkins.
We spent hours here laughing and acting like children, and it was a great final stop for our quick day trip!
Read more of my other Colorado road trip guides below:
Beginner Ski Guide - The Best Mountains to Get Started
Fall Foliage Guide - Where to "Leaf Peep" Around Colorado!
Historical Leadville Road Trip with Train Rides and Hot Springs
Talkin' 'bout Tacos
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