One of my favorite fall activities in Colorado is heading to the pumpkin patch! I love walking around and scouring for the best, prettiest, most perfect pumpkins to decorate with. My husband, Nathan, likes to find the most GIGANTIC ones… it must be a boy thing??? It’s beyond me. Anyway, a few weekends a go, we decided to take a trip to the Covered Bridge Pumpkin Patch. GUYS. This place was SO much fun!!! On top of being able to pick your own pumpkins, there was a plethora of activities for both kids and adults. And, the ranch was beautiful with amazing views of the surrounding mountain ranges!
Visiting the Covered Bridge Pumpkin Patch is the perfect fall activity to do in Colorado! Read on to see how we spent our visit and be sure to download my free guide at the end for additional tips on making the most of your time at the ranch. They are open for one more week this year, so make sure you take some time to make it down there!
About the Covered Bridge Ranch
The Covered Bridge Ranch is located in Montrose, Colorado on a large plateau near the base of the beautiful San Juan Mountain Range and is family owned and operated. They host a wide variety of seasonal events including Pumpkins at the Covered Bridge and Christmas Trees at the Covered Bridge. We will definitely be heading back there at Christmas time, but here is a little inside look at some of the activities offered during Pumpkins at the Covered Bridge!
Things to do at the Pumpkin Patch
Nathan and I decided to head out to the pumpkin patch on the first Saturday that they were open, mostly because I was just so excited to get my pumpkins for the season! We had never been to the ranch before but discovered so many activities in addition to pumpkin picking!
The admission was $10 per person and included a variety of activities and free marshmallows to roast by the cozy outdoor fire. You have the option to not pay the entrance fee and only go into their pumpkin patch, but we decided to pay the fee and so that we could explore and take our time enjoying the ranch in the beautiful Colorado fall weather. Here are some of the fun things you can do during your visit!
Visit the Farm Animals and Ride the Train
First stop, we visited Sam the horse and Abe the donkey. I just loved Abe!
Next, we headed over to the main area of the ranch where there were slides, a hay bale maze, face painting, an adorable farm animal train, and much more! There was also a nice area under the pine trees with picnic benches and concessions for purchase. If you are planning on staying for awhile, you can certainly bring your own snacks/lunch!
If you head through their iconic “covered bridge”, you will find a petting zoo with cows, goats, and sheep. Oh, and cute, fluffy bunnies too! The petting zoo is kind of off of the main area where the other activities are, so don’t miss it!
Roast Marshmallows or Make S’mores
Once we were done saying “hello” to the farm animals, we headed back up front to make s’mores by the fire! You can roast marshmallows for free or pay $2.50 per person for a s’mores kit, which comes with the makings for TWO s’mores each. Nathan decided to indulge in both of his and ruin his dinner, but according to him, it was #worthit.
Walk Through the Pumpkin Patch and Pick Pumpkins!
After we had made our s’mores and relaxed by the fire pit for awhile, we were ready to head over to the pumpkin patch for our picking! Nathan had a good old time in the pumpkin patch because there were some HUGE pumpkins hiding in there! We spent a good chunk of our time seeing who could find the biggest one (ok, so maybe I DO get why boys like to find 40 pound pumpkins…). I finally ended up picking out some white ones off of this cute cart for our front porch.
In the pumpkin patch, they also have “pie pumpkins” or “sugar pumpkins” which you can use to make your own pumpkin puree for soups, pies, and more! Or you can simply cut them up and roast them, use them as a side dish, etc. You can read more about how to pick out a pie pumpkin for cooking in my Pumpkin Patch Soup recipe!
I had never gotten a pie pumpkin before to use for cooking, so I decided to get one and give it a try! I picked out about a 6 pound pumpkin which turned out to be enough for a large batch of soup and about 3 cups of leftover puree.
Once we were done picking out our larger pumpkins, we headed back to the front to pick out some cute gourds and smaller pumpkins for decorating the front porch!
What a fun way to spend a Saturday in the fall! If you live in the Montrose area, or are visiting from out of town, the Covered Bridge Pumpkin patch is definitely worth a visit.
Know Before You Go
I know that this year is a little bit different with the current circumstances in the world. The Covered Bridge Pumpkin Patch has taken proper precautions to ensure the safety of their visitors. You can read more about their updated policies in my guide below!
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