The Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield wishes its visitors would get lost -- in its Corn Maze, that is. The fifth annual "agri-tainment" adventure opens this afternoon, with sculpted stalks and preened pathways shaped into a sprawling five-acre Zimbabwean Chapungu eagle. The maze mirrors the exhibit at the original Gardens that features over eighty hand-carved Chapungu stone sculptures. "We have the number-one corn maze in the U.S.," claims Chatfield manager Adam Lucas, referring to the 50,000 trekkers who traversed the crop puzzle last year. "This is one of our toughest mazes yet." Escapes average about 45 minutes, but losing your way is rewarded with fun. "The first thing people want is a map to the maze," says Lucas, "but that would be like giving all the answers to a crossword puzzle." A-maize-ing!
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield is at 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton. The Corn Maze is open through October 31 on Fridays from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. and on Labor Day from noon to 8 p.m. Tickets are $8, with discounts for members, children and seniors. Call 303-973-1694 or visit www.botanicgardens.org for more information. -- Kity Ironton