Cottonwood Farm 75th Street and Arapahoe Road, Boulder 720-890-4766Cottonwood hosts a fall festival showcasing its pick-your-own organically grown pumpkins, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning this Saturday and continuing through Halloween. The farm has all the usual harvest must-haves, including corn and straw bale mazes, animals and tractors; of special note is Cottonwood's 1906 Case steam tractor, a true relic of farming's past that's indicative of Cottonwood Farm's emphasis on farm history. Admission is free; for $3, you can take a wagon ride.
Hill's Harvest 3225 E. 124th Avenue, Thornton 303-451-5637Hill's Harvest is a classic u-pick farm, with pumpkins ripening to perfection in late September. You can pick yours in the field, or be lazy and choose from a pre-picked selection; fall decorations, including gourds, Indian corn, straw bales and corn stalks are also available. You can also find pie pumpkins and advice on how to prepare them for use in a favorite recipe. Visit daily from 9 p.m. to 6 p.m., through October 31; admission is free.
Mazzotti Farms 2628 WCR 49, Hudson 303-536-4089Here's some agritainment for you, with a capital A: Not just a pumpkin patch, Mazzotti Farms features an unscary kids' corn maze, a petting zoo, a tipi, caramel apples, a giant slide, scarecrow-making and other seasonal goodies to go along with your pumpkin-picking. Visit on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 2 through 31; admission is $10 and includes one pumpkin per paid ticket. And it'll put you back another $15 if you want to build a scarecrow to take home. Plan to make a day of it.
Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch 9059 Ute Highway, Longmont 303-684-0087The Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch has it all: pony rides, petting zoo, mazes, obstacle course, see-inside bee hive, do-it-yourself cider press, food vendors. You can even pose under the Magical Pumpkin Tree. And, oh yeah, you can pick a certified organic pumpkin, too. Rocky Mountain is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for limited, self-guided activities at $7 per child; every Saturday and Sunday in October is reserved for the all-inclusive October Pumpkin Festival, with all the activities ongoing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Osborn Farm Pumpkin Patch 1230 S. Boise Avenue, Loveland 970-669-4407Osborn Farm is small, neat and to the point: You go, you park your car, you grab a wheelbarrow, and you get a pumpkin. It's also a pretty farm and an old one with deep roots. Osborn kicks off its pumpkin-picking season the first weekend of October with a Market Days celebration featuring live music, craft vendors hayrides and more (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 2 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 3) and the pumpkin patch remains open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, through Halloween. Admission is always free.