Halloween candy and pumpkin spice lattes are great and all, but for us dog pawrents, there are few things that bring as much autumnal joy as seeing our pups do a victory lap around apple orchards and pumpkin patches. So throw on your best matching flannels (we know you have them) and puppare to get giddy at these dog-friendly Colorado pumpkin patches and apple orchards.
Dog-Friendly Apple Picking in Colorado
Happy Apple Farm, Penrose (pumpkins too!)
Happy Apple Farm is two hours south of Denver, but the drive’ll be worth it once you see your dog going mutts as he sniffs out fresh-picked Western Slope Colorado apples, fresh-pressed cider, jams, jellies, local honey, and apple butter. Plus there’s a pumpkin patch! On weekends, nosh on applewood smoked barbecue brisket and pulled pork.
Deets: Seasonal, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m on Thursday-Sunday. Free admission.
Big B’s Delicious Orchards, Paonia
Want to make a whole weekend adventure of fall festivities? Head to Big B’s Delicious Orchards just outside of Paonia in the vibrant North Fork Valley. This organic farm and orchard features on-site camping for RVs and tents, seasonal u-pick fruits and vegetables, live music, a store, and a hard cider taproom. Doggo will ruv getting back to his roots in nature, stargazing, and having a campfire.
Deets: Open April-November. Hours and prices vary according to attraction.
Dog-Friendly Colorado Pumpkin Patches
Cottonwood Farms, Lafayette
If frolicking through a field of pumpkins doesn’t tickle puppo’s fancy, meeting resident dog Cole certainly will. Located in Lafayette, Cottonwood Farms boasts mountain views, a fall market with decorative items to fulfill your fall decor obsession, a hay ride, and a corn maze (hoomans only in the maze). Make sure doggo is comfortable around all species and not the jealous type, because Cottonwood Farms is home to other adorbs animals like goats, bunnies, and sheep.
Deets: Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24-Oct. 31. $5 admission. Kids 5 and under and seniors 65 and older are free.
Maize in the City, Thornton
At Maize in the City, there are more activities than you can shake a bully stick at: 20-acre corn maze, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, a pumpkin field, and a CORN LAUNCHER that will forever up your pup’s fetch-pectations. Everyone in the fam is sure to find something to please (although pup might not be thrilled with all the attention the kids are giving other furry creatures at the petting zoo). This metro area fave gets packed, so if your fluff is not the social type, try for a weekday or weeknight.
Deets: Opens Sept. 24. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Prices vary according to attraction; pumpkin patch is free.
Pope Farms Corn MAiZE & Pumpkin Patch, Wiggins
When the schedule includes a 10-acre corn maze, a pumpkin cannon, bounce pillow, and duck races (just to name a few of the activities), you know it’s gonna be a pawesome time—especially when Pope Farms proudly declares that it “welcomes all children, even if yours has four legs.” Yep, we found our people.
Deets: Opens Oct. 1. Fridays 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Prices vary according to attraction. Kids 2 and under are free.
Did we miss any dog-friendly Colorado pumpkin patches or apple orchards? Woof at us in the comments, and don’t furget to tag @SidewalkDog in pics of your tail-waggin’ fun!
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