It's a tradition in our house to go out to a Halloween pumpkin patch and pick our own pumpkins for the season. Each fall season, the Albuquerque area offers a number of places to find a bright orange squash to take home. Enjoy picking out just the right pumpkin at a nearby pumpkin patch.
The farmland experience is a win-win. Kids and families enjoy going to a local farm to pick a freshly grown pumpkin, and farmers benefit by having dollars placed directly in their agribusinesses. By visiting a nearby pumpkin patch, you're not only bringing home a pumpkin, you're supporting a local farmer.
Information is subject to change without notice. Check venue websites to confirm.
Santa Ana Star Center, Rio Rancho
Open daily in October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closing at 12:30 p.m. on Halloween), this several-acre patch has pumpkins, a mini corn maze, a roping arena, duck races, a corn pit, a harvest maze, tractor races and other activities geared toward younger kids. There is also a country store and fall decor for sale. The patch supports the Galloping Grace Youth Ranch in Rio Rancho, where any child can ride horses and learn about ranch life and responsibilities. Galloping Grace also has summer camps and special seasonal activities for children.
For 2017: October 1 - October 31
1701 Montano Road NW
The fun and adventure of the eight-acre Maze also includes activities such as pumpkin painting and harvest fun. On weekend nights, visit the haunted maze.
For 2016: Weekends on October, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
34 McCall Lane, Moriarty
There is so much to do at McCall's that it requires a full day to get all the fun in. There are hay rides, a miner's shack, pedal karts, a corn maze, gemstone mining, a wee wild west, a pumpkin cannon, animals to pet, a goat bridge, a country store, bunnyville, a hay pyramid, pumpkin slingshots, a giant slide, corn cannons, fossil dig sandboxes, a cow train, a corn box, a hay tunnel, duck races, a hillbilly band, and of course, pumpkin picking. Purchase tickets online or at the gate. The patch is open on weekends for the general public and reserved for groups during the week.
For 2017: Weekends September 23 - October 29, weekdays for reserved groups.
Wagner Farms, Corrales
6445 Corrales Road, Corrales
Fall isn't complete without a trip to Wagner Farms. In the heart of agricultural Corrales, the farm offers fresh roasted chiles, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and a place to pick out a pumpkin or two. This is a great way to spend a day with the family because so much is going on. There are hayrides, an acre corn maze, an apple orchard, a vineyard and a petting zoo. There are hay bale structures and games in a children's' play areas, and there are even night mazes with harvest bonfires. Get out on a crisp autumn night and see the stars, because they really shine in the country.
Pumpkins can be purchased separately. The corn maze this year is a new design. The maze is open 7 days a week, Sunday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Apple & Pumpkin Fest is October 9 and 10 this year.
For 2016: Opens July 23 with food stand; pumpkin patch TBA.
400 Desert Willow Road, west of the Walmart, in Los Lunas
The Wagner Farms Los Lunas has the same fun as the experience in Corrales. Enjoy two corn mazes, farm animals, and activities. Pumpkins can be purchased separately. There is now a u-pick flower and vegetable patch. Every Saturday night, there is a night maze.
For 2017: Mid-September to October 31
Other Pumpkin Events
Enjoy a parade, pumpkins, pie-eating contests, a carnival and lots of kid fun. The pumpkin chunkin contests involve trebuchets and long distance throws. There is a pumpkin patch just north of Estancia on the way to the Pumpkin Chunkin, and there will be pumpkins available at the festival as well. And don't miss out on watching the pumpkins fly (chunk).
For 2017: October 21