The Maize Maze at the Rio Grande Community Farm transforms each year into a different pattern. When seen from the sky, it can look like a butterfly, grasshopper or whatever the theme for that year's maze will be. Down below in the maze, the circuitous twists and turns take visitors from one end to the other in an experiential puzzle that translates to great fun. Finding your way through takes planning, skill and a little bit of luck.
In addition to cracking the corn maze code, there are other activities, such as pumpkin painting, to make visiting a family fall outing. Snacks and drinks are available for the hungry and thirsty.
For 2016, the maze is open weekends in October. Explore the eight acre maze and take part in other hands-on activities. The maze in 2016 will be the Color Maze.
The maze can be entered at many points, but the large main entry is the best place to start. Getting through the maze can take place a number a ways. Depending on what the maze's shape may be, there are different twists, turns and pathways to take before reaching the other side. Some people like to follow the entire maze, and others want to enter and exit quickly. It depends on how long you want to spend finding your way through. The maze generally takes about 20 to 30 minutes to navigate. Be sure to wear sensible shoes. Wear long pants because the corn stalks can be scratchy.
This is not the place for flip flops and open toed shoes.
In addition to the maze, there are hands-on activities for kids to do that are related to the year's theme. For 2016, there will be color activities for the kids to take part in, and if they want, they can enter the coloring challenge online before going to the maze.
There will also be pumpkins for sale and for picking out, and pumpkin carving. The maze has snacks and drinks for purchase.
Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Maize Maze Tickets
Kids 2 and under are admitted free
Kids 3-12 years are $6
The Maze accepts credit cards.
If you have a group of 15 or more, you can request a reservation. Groups can be booked Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., throughout October.
After Hours Haunted Maze
The after hours haunted maze runs weekends, October 2 to the 31st. Some weekends the haunted maze is open Fridays and Saturdays, others on Sundays as well. Halloween week, there is a Thursday night the maze is open as well.
The theme for the maze is Quarantine Outbreak. There is something mysterious happening at the farm, where late night rituals can be heard. It is said there is a cult trying to raise the dead. The maze is more of an experience that requires active participation. The actors from Blackout Theatre are part of the performance. It is suitable for kids 12 and older.
Haunted Maze/Quarantine Hours
6:30 - 10 p.m. on October 1, 2, 8, 9,
6:30 - 11 p.m. on October 15, 16, 21, 22, 23
6:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. on October 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 31
Tickets are $20
Free parking is available by turning north on Tierra Viva. Park in the gravel lot to the left. If you ride in on your bicycle using the Paseo del Bosque bike trail, ride east on Montano for about one mile and turn left onto Tierra Viva.
Find out more about the Maize Maze.
The maze is not wheelchair accessible.