Where: 9057 Ute Hwy Longmont, CO 80503 (303) 684-0087Web: www.rockymtnpumpkinranch.com
When: The October Pumpkin Festival is on weekends in October, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Select activities also available M-F, 9a.m.-5p.m.
October in Longmont isn't complete without at least one visit to the Rocky Mountain Pumpkin Ranch. On Saturdays and Sundays, this Highway 66 spot offers carnival rides, petting zoos, pony rides, bouncy play structures, corn mazes ... and oh yeah, a whole lot of pumpkins. Pick out your perfect Jack O' Lantern, soak up the late fall sunshine and take in some gorgeous, unobstructed views of Longs Peak. The Pumpkin Ranch isn't slick, but it's a lot of fun. Admission is free, but you have to buy tickets for the rides.
During the week, the Pumpkin Ranch is operating at a much smaller scale, and for $7, kids can do all the activities that are open as much as they want. No petting zoo or rides, but plenty of bouncing and running through the hay maze. The market is open every day, so even if you don't have kids, it's a necessary trip if you want a fresh caramel apple or some tasty apple cider. During our last visit they were even roasting some wonderful Colorado green chilies.