This past weekend we went to the Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch. This was the third pumpkin patch we have tried while living in Colorado and it was definitely the BEST one. There was so much to do with the kids and it was perfect for their ages (one and a half and three and a half). You could even make a full day out of it and continue on to Estes Park if desired, as it is only another half hour or so from there.
While it wasn’t a traditional pumpkin patch where you take a hay ride out and pick your own pumpkins, it was a great change of pace tailored for the children. I would characterize it as a “preschool amusement park.” From the quick and easy parking, there are small rides right as you walk in, pony rides, a petting zoo, concessions with fresh squeezed lemonade (so good), a train ride, bounce houses and slides, face painting, a balloon maker, a kid’s maze, and tons of pumpkins to choose from. There is also a gorgeous view of the mountains as you can see above. We participated in everything and could’ve stayed for a few more hours ;-) . It is by far our favorite pumpkin ranch we’ve discovered and we’re happy we found one for the kids to enjoy each year (at least for these earlier years).
The first thing we did when we arrived was the Dragon roller coaster. This was such a flashback to the fair I used to go to every year growing up in my hometown. Owen kept running up the stairs to the ride so Brendan thought it’d be fun for him to go on with him. This was Owen’s very first roller coaster ride and he was not so sure about it. It was a little bit jerky and Brendan wasn’t so sure about it either 😉 . However, Ella Rose wanted to sit on her own and loved it.
Next, we wandered into the pumpkin area and explored. I snapped some pics of the kids with the fun pumpkin displays the fest had. They had this adorable old fashioned truck that Owen loved playing by. He kept trying to move the pumpkins all around, it was pretty funny to watch.
The kids really enjoyed the train ride as well as the haystack maze. The maze was perfect for little kids, and Ella Rose kept wanting to do it over and over again. It was so much fun watching her try and figure her way out.
Ella Rose noticed they did face painting and was so excited about that. She waited patiently in line and then insisted on getting a skeleton painted on her face! Haha it was so her- so bold. She absolutely loved it.
Lastly, the kids wanted to ride the ponies on the way out and go to the petting zoo.
They both loved riding the little ponies and it was both of their first times riding one. It was so cute to watch them pet the ponies when they got off and both of them wanted to keep on riding.
We had such a fun family day at the pumpkin ranch and can’t wait to make this place a reoccurring fall adventure. This is what I look forward to on the weekends…Fun filled activities as a family and watching the excitement on the kids’ faces explode with happiness.
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