Making Family Memories at The Patch in Elizabeth

🎃 The Wild West Adventure

By Kari Ploysa, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Administration & Marketing Assistant October 7, 2020

The Patch in Elizabeth
September 19th through November 8th, 2020

"Come for the Pumpkins, Return for the Memories"

If you are looking to create some fabulous family memories, The Patch in Elizabeth is open with a wide variety of activities to keep your young ones — and those young at heart — busy for hours!

We were delighted to be invited to experience the family-owned and -operated 35-acre ranch for ourselves. We even brought the grandparents with us! Admission tickets are $19.95 ($9.95 for grandparents) and include all activities except the Pony Rides and Apple Cannons. As a bonus, each ticket includes a $3 voucher for food or drink.

Let the Fun Begin!

As soon as we entered the grounds, we had to pause to take it all in. The smells of festival food, the sound of laughing children, the farm animals, and the giant attractions were all around us.

The children ran straight to the corn crib, which were troughs of corn kernels. Shoes flew off as the oldest climbed in begging to be buried, and the youngest grabbed the nearest toy tractor to scoop the corn with.

Time to Move: Jumbo Jumping Pillow and Giant Slide

With promises of returning to the corn crib, we were off to the next activity: the huge Jumbo Jumping Pillow. At age 2, Christian only wanted to run on it, back and forth. Sammy, my 7-year-old, tried his hand at tricks and different bounces.

The weight limit goes up to 250 pounds, which is pretty exciting to full-size adults who are still young at heart. Jumping and laughing with my children is definitely something I'll remember for a very long time!

As we progressed up the hill, we came upon the 130-foot slide! Sammy was first in line with his mat, ready to slide head first. He had no fear! Down he went squealing with delight.

The grandparents even got in on the action! They had a bit of difficulty climbing the hay bails to get to the top, but once they reached it, the excitement was contagious.

Ready, Aim, Fire!

Next, it was my husband's turn to get excited as we headed to the Apple Cannons. These pneumatic apple cannons are powered by two giant air compressors. Needless to say, they held a lot of power!

When we hit the target with an apple there was a satisfying thump! When we missed the target, it was just as satisfying watching the apples roll far away up and over the hill. The cannon was easy enough for my 7-year-old to swivel around and aim it with the help of a stool.

You can purchase a basket of 10 apples for $5. Buy 4 baskets, get 1 basket FREE!

Giddy Up!

Heading back down the hill we stopped at the pony rides, which are $5 each. Sammy, coincidentally wearing a Toy Story shirt with Woody on the front, chose a sturdy horse named Bullseye.

He was nervous at first, but after petting Bullseye and looking into his adorable face, he was ready to hop on. The horses were very friendly and calm giving nice smooth rides. Sammy's smile went from ear to ear!

The Fun Continues...

Next up was the petting zoo. The main attraction was an ornery goat headbutting his sheep friends. Don't feel too sorry for the sheep though; they got in some good headbutts of their own. Our next favorite were the donkeys, Fiona, Donkey, and Kong. They were adorable, stubborn, and talkative. 

With still more to see, we took off to the Hay Rides and the Bucking Bronco Train. These rides, pulled by tractors, gave an exciting view of only a portion of the vast 35-acre farm. For more fun, horseshoes, roping dummies, corn hole, and even tether-ball are available to play.

Apple. Cider. DONUTS!

After so much play time, we were ready for a snack, so we decided to stop by the concessions area. I was excited to try Mama Smith's Homemade Apple Cider Donuts after I'd heard so many good things about them. New this year were funnel cakes and s'mores hot chocolate.

We just had to try them all and let me tell you — they did not disappoint! The donuts were bursting with flavor, the funnel cakes were fresh and hot, and the s'mores hot chocolate was delicious too. We will have to come back to try the kettle-corn, lemonade, and world-famous Louisburg Apple Cider!

Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze

Last, but certainly not least, were the pumpkin patch and the Wild-West themed corn maze. The patch had pumpkins of all different sizes and all different colors for a reasonable price starting at only $1. Christian picked out his pumpkin and was so proud carrying it back to the store all by himself.

The 4-acre 8-foot-high corn maze this year is in the shape of a cowboy roping a bull. At the beginning you are given a map, which is hidden in Maize-O-Vision. There are stations in the maze that will allow you to see the map and also glasses you can wear so you choose the difficulty. If long mazes are too much for the little ones, there is also a mini maze which is perfect for a younger child's attention span.

On our way out, we once again stopped at the corn crib, to the delight of the children. It had been a long and fun-filled day. We knew the boys would be asleep as soon as we hit the road!

We left with photos galore, memories I'll cherish forever, and two tired and happy kids. It was a picture-perfect autumn day!

Know Before You Go:

  • Visit the gift shop for numerous hand-made items from local craftsmen, including jewelry, signs, flower boxes, and more.
  • Wear easy-to-slip-on-and-off closed-toe shoes and bring sunscreen. 
  • Port-a-potties are located near the entrance, between the pumpkin patch and the petting zoo. Hand-washing stations are right outside the petting zoo.
  • There are wagons to borrow if you need a bit of help carrying your pumpkins, but they are first-come, first-served. 
  • Masks are not required outdoors, however you may wear one if you feel inclined to do so. Social distancing is required. Sanitizer and hand-washing stations are available to all guests and employees.
  • Purchase your tickets online in advance to reduce the amount of time in line. 

The Patch in Elizabeth
39980 Fox Trot Cir, Elizabeth, CO 80107
(720) 446-6001

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Disclaimer: I received complimentary tickets to The Patch in Elizabeth for myself and my family for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was provided. The opinions expressed are 100% my own.