Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find yourself, and in an era of 24/7 intel there's something especially indulgent about spending a blustery autumn day with family and friends, wasting time while wandering through a humungous corn maze. Turn off your iPhone, grab your favorite sweater and get lost in one of our nine favorite family-friendly mazes.
9) Diana's Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze 1649 Poplar Avenue, Cañon City 719-821-9133
This family-owned pumpkin patch has been growing heirloom and heritage pumpkins, squashes, gourds and Indian corn in Fremont County for the past fourteen years. The annual corn maze -- the oldest in the county -- changes each year; this year's incarnation will take about 45 minutes to complete, and includes ample twists and turns to keep families guessing from start to finish. Diana's is open Fridays and Saturdays until 10 p.m., Sundays until 6 p.m., and on weeknights by appointment now through October 31.
8) Crazed Corn Field Maze & Colorado Pumpkin Patch 104th Avenue and Riverdale Road, Thornton 303-287-0134
By day, this family-friendly spot is a premiere fall destination for Front Range kids. The corn maze features a smart-phone trivia game, and takes a minimum of forty minutes to complete; a mini ,aze that takes about twenty minutes to navigate is designed for youngsters. Tickets to the big maze are $12 for adults, $9 for children, and kids 4 and under are free; the smaller maze costs $4 per person. The nearby pumpkin field is always free, and includes a playground and Corn Kernel playbox. Open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. And by night, the innocent hay transforms into a Haunted Field of Screams that'll terrify even the most devout Children of the Corn fans; see the website for pricing.
7) Flat Acres Farm 11321 Dransfeldt Road, Parker 303-805-1038 There's so much to love about Flat Acre: plump pumpkins, tractor-pulled hayrides, honey from hives and fresh-plucked eggs, pies, a petting zoo and fantastic organic produce. But the corn mazes are the real attraction. For families searching for daytime fun, the farm features a corn maze as well as miniature kiddie maze, hay bale maze and bouncy house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through October 31. The Reapers Hallow Haunted Maze will make big kids scream from 8 to 10 p.m. starting October 10-12, and then again October 16-18, October 24-25 and on Halloween night, October 31. Consult the website for pricing. Continue reading for more friendly and spooky corn mazes. 6) Chatfield Corn Maze 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton) 720-865-4336
Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield has an eight-acre corn maze that's shaped like a butterfly and can be viewed from two fifteen foot-tall illuminated bridges. Once inside, you'll be asked to help Farmer Green find his lost herd as you stumble upon life-size animal cutouts hidden throughout the maze. The ten-and-under crowd can also explore the site's mini-maze -- and after dark, the place transforms into a spectacular Glow Maze with three -foot glow sticks and black lights. Open from 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays now through November 1; there's also a Harvest Festival October 9-10. Admission is $6 to $12, and all proceeds benefit Denver Botanic Gardens conservation and education programs.
5) Mazzotti Farms 2628 WCR 49, Hudson 303-536-4089
Aside from its popular, you-pick pumpkin patch, Mazzotti Farms offers a non-scary kids' corn maze, petting zoo, giant slide, scarecrow-making and other seasonal activities. Swing by between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, now through October 31. Admission is $10 and includes one pumpkin per paid ticket. If you plan on taking your scarecrow home, that'll be another $25.
4) The Fitzler Maze 20861 County Road 33, La Salle 970-737-2129
The Fritzler family has been taking pride in its maze for fifteen years now, and goes to great lengths to ensure tjat patrons of all ages are satisfied with the fall agritainment. This year's brand-new, ttwenty-acre, two-phase maze, featuring an "Everyday Heroes" theme, leaves little to be desired. At night, it transforms into a screamtastic adventure. You'll also find kiddie mazes, pumpkin patches, barrel trains, a hay mountain, pig races, human hamster wheels and so much more. You can even book a helicopter ride over the maze! The maze and attractions are open until November 1. Check the website for hours and pricing -- it varies. Continue reading for more friendly and spooky corn mazes.
3) Anderson Farms 6728 County Road 3 ¼, Erie 303-828-5210
At Colorado's longest-running corn maze, you'll get thirty acres of nonstop entertainment when you step into the Farm Scene Investigation. This year's maze is divided into four sections with six checkpoints each, all indicated on a punch card you receive at the door; do one section or complete all four and conquer the game by discovering all eighteen checkpoints. The fourth section of the maze, on the top, is smaller and designed for children ages two to eight. The Andersons welcome visitors daily with other activities, too: gourd launchers, gem mining, wagon rides to the pumpkin patch and tractor-pulled wagon rides through the Terror in the Corn haunted maze. Admission starts at $10; children 3 and under are free. Check online for maze prices, hours and information on the Zombie Paintball Hunt.
2) Mile High Farms 11 Cavanaugh Road, Bennett 720-635-0441
Fall into fun with a slew of autumnal mazes that includes your classic corn maze with a "Year of the Horse" theme, a haunted corn maze, a kiddie mini corn maze, and a child-sized hay bale maze. At Mile High, you can also hop on tractor-pulled hayrides and wagon rides, pick pumpkins, or bounce around the bounce house. Open Fridays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., through October 31. $12 for adult admission, $10 children 4 and up.
1) Jared's Pumpkin Patch 10500 W. Bowles Avenue, Littleton 303-979-6022
For a slightly different twist on the ubiquitous corn maze, check out Jared's, whose straw maze features an obstacle course with dips and bends and turns. There's also the Galleria of Ghouls, opening October 10; a smaller haunted house is available for the little guys. Admission to the haunted house is the only thing you pay for; everything else is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Halloween.
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