The shape of this years Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfields Corn Maze is a tie-in to Digger the Marmot, the mascot of the Mordecai Childrens Garden at the DBGs York Street location. The child-sized garden re-creates a mountain ecosystem for kids, letting them really get down and dirty in the process, according to public relations manager Will Jones. Marmots are a part of that ecosystem, says Jones hence the maze shape. Oh, and in case you re not familiar with that animal, Jones characterizes it thus: Its like a really big squirrel.
As for the maze itself, he assures us that theres no going easy on you (though if you experience a Shining-style freakout, there are corn cops to help you get out). The whole point is to get lost, he says. Ive been here for three years, and Ive never finished it.
The marmot debuts this afternoon at 4 p.m. at the DBG at Chatfield, 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton, and is open through October 31 from 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and 12 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission ranges from $4 to $10. For more information, visit www.botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3585.
Fridays, 4-9 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 12-9 p.m. Starts: Sept. 10. Continues through Oct. 31, 2010