I was provided with event tickets in order to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own.
Fall is finally here in Colorado. Our days are staying warmer, in the 70′s, but the evenings dip into 40′s where it’s brisk and good for sleeping. It’s also perfect time to start hitting Fall festivals and pumpkin patches. We attend at least one each Fall, and this weekend we went to Mile High Farms in Bennett, Colorado. (My GPS said Watkins, CO, but they advertise it in Bennett).
We now have a new family favorite!
We went out early in the season, so the crowds were low. We also went earlier in the morning, about half an hour after they opened, so that made for lower crowds too. Fine by me, as I tend to try to avoid overly crowded events. As such, we don’t do the zoo, Children’s Museum or other large events very often.
Before I get into the specifics, I want to talk about the staff. The staff, who were comprised of both adults and teens, far exceeded my expectations. The teen boy in charge of the petting zoo area told us each animal’s name and their history. The teen boy running the jumpy castle was incredibly attentive to how many kids were in there, and how old they were so that he could make sure the bigger kids were careful around the younger ones. The pumpkin patch staff told us about the different pumpkins, their names, and what each one tasted like – plus they cut the pumpkins for you fresh off the stalk! I can’t say enough about the staff.
As you enter the farm, you’ll see some fun machinery for the kids to check out, like the frame of a covered wagon and an old John Deere tractor. It makes waiting in line for tickets a lot more fun for the kiddos, though there wasn’t much of a line to speak of for us.
When you arrive inside the event, there is an old fashioned town set up at the entrance to the corn maze. They have a small corn maze, as well as a large one. I don’t do all that well in corn mazes, so we didn’t head in there, but if you are a fan of corn mazes, I have heard that this one is pretty incredible! Then to the West there are tons of activities for kids, including a castle to climb, a jumpy house, face painting, barrel rides, and a petting zoo with alpacas, sheep, goats, miniature horses and a Chinese breed of chickens.
Finally, you can board the hay ride to head to the pumpkin patch. It’s a nice ride through the trees where horses were roaming back to the patch. We were there early in the season, so the selection was at its best! They had pie pumpkins, gourds, large pumpkins, pink pumpkins (known as princess pumpkins), white pumpkins and blue pumpkins. I have heard of all of these, but never seen them in person! Our driver told me that the blue ones are nice and sweet. We ended up with a pie pumpkin and two gourds. This cost me $2.50. The price of pumpkins is 75 cents per pound. They also had someone else out in the pumpkin patch to help you cut the pumpkins off the vine. I’ve also never been to a pumpkin patch where we’ve gotten the pumpkins right off the vine!
When we returned from the pumpkin patch, there were a few food trucks and food stands there. I believe some of them rotate out daily. There was a New Orleans based food truck, a latte/smoothie truck, shaved ice, and then stands serving hot dogs, roasted corn, green chile, etc. My only slight disappointment in Mile High Farms is that there was no seasonal food – hot cider, pumpkin muffins, apple pie – foods of that sort.
Bennett is about a 45 minute drive from Denver off 70, and Mile High Farms is about 3 miles off of the interstate. It’s an easy drive and the perfect place to go for family fun this fall!
Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and kids 3-12. They’re open Fridays-Sundays 10am to dusk through October 31st. They also offer a season pass for $25 and lower prices for field trips and birthday parties.