My family decided to take advantage of a beautiful Saturday to take a drive to Erie, Colorado, and visit Anderson Farms to go on our annual pumpkin picking adventure. Anderson Farms is home to the longest running pumpkin patch and corn maze in the state of Colorado! The farm is large and full of wonderful activities for families, most of which are included for one admission price. It is wonderfully scenic and very popular this time of the year. My son and daughter-in-law have been coming here since they moved to Colorado ten years ago. (All photos and photos in this post will enlarge for easier viewing by clicking on them once, and then again to see them full size)
Just look at the beautiful Rocky Mountain views we had on our drive up to the farm! Now that the mountain tops are snow capped they really stand out against the blue sky.
The Anderson Farms corn maze is thirty acres large with over nine miles of trails. Every year the corn maze design changes, and this year the design is the Statue of Liberty's face and arm holding the torch. To see past year's designs click here. Since we had very young children with us we did not stay in the corn maze very long--certainly not the two hours that the average visitor spends trying to find their way around the different paths.
There is a free hayride, pulled by a antique Oliver tractor, out to the 30 acres pumpkin patch! There are over 26 varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds to pick. I loved the beautiful views of the distant mountains we could see in the distance, including the fourteen thousand (plus) foot high Longs Peak!
Some family photos of all the fun we had! Our children and three grandchildren enjoyed all the activities, as well as my husband and I.
The farm pumpkin carver was hard at work and I found his designs amazing!
I could not get enough of the scenery! Here is a close up of Longs Peak...
...and a view of Mummy Range.
Hmmmm..what a perfect name for a mountain range this time of the year!
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