For a classic fall apple picking experience in the greater Denver area, you can head north or south of the city to find delicious apples as well as fresh baked apple goods, apple cider, and more. Several orchards are in the Penrose area, about two hours south of Denver and 40 minutes south of Colorado Springs.
Adam’s Apple Orchard & Country Store - Ault, CO
Taking over the PYO operations and country store operations from Masonville Orchards, Mike Biwar is expanding the offerings of the store and the days of operation you can pick your own produce. They offer apples for pick your own or buy them pre-picked in the store, plus plums and pears. Later in the season, there are pick your own pumpkins. The country store also has apple cider, jams and jellies, and more. They are located 70 miles north of Denver and about 25 miles east of Fort Collins.
Ferrara’s Happy Apple Farm - Penrose, CO
They are open Wednesday through Sunday. Admission, hayrides and apple bags are free. They are growing more than five varieties of apples available for you-pick. They also have a pumpkin patch. Country Store includes delicious baked goods, including fresh apple pie, and other products. They are located about 30 miles south of Colorado Springs.
Happy Apple Farm - Penrose, CO
Pick your own apples, pumpkins, and blackberries. Their country store also has fresh baked apple pies and other baked goods, plus jams, jellies, and other canned goods, and they offer a hayride.
Jenkins Farms Apple Valley Orchard - Penrose, CO
Pick your own apples and raspberries, plus cider, apple wine, and more. They are located about 30 miles south of Colorado Springs.
Nelms Farm - Golden, CO
Pick your own apples at this family owned farm in Golden.
Third Street Apples - Penrose, CO
Pick your own apples and pumpkins, plus prepicked apples and peaches. They are located about 30 miles south of Colorado Springs.
Ya Ya Farm & Orchard - Longmont, CO
Pick your own apples, pears and more by reservation only for individuals and families (they aren’t able to accomodate groups). They usually sell out their reservations by August, so email early to secure your spot – January 1st is the first day to reach out for the current year. Apples are ripe mid-July through mid-October, pears in September and October. You will also be able to meet the farm animals, drink apple cider and eat fresh cider donuts, and take a tractor-driven hayride (weekends in September and October only). This Boulder County orchard now has 810 trees with more than 120 varieties. The land was purchased in 2003 to rejuvenate the orchard and farm that was originally opened by the Goss family in 1896. The U-Pick-It orchard was opened in 2006. They are located about 45 miles north of Denver.
Other Colorado apple orchards can be found on the Western Slope, tucked in among peach orchards, vineyards, and other farms.
Big B’s Delicious Orchards - Hotchkiss, CO
They offer pick your own fruits, including apples (plus apricots, cherries, grapes, peaches, pears, plums and pluots, and raspberries), as well as a number of vegetables. They also sell pumpkins and other pre-picked produce available for purchase in the orchard store, as well as hard cider and fresh juice. Their cafe also serves up a variety of meals. The orchard was started in 1965. They are located about 65 miles east of Grand Junction.
Fruit Basket Orchards - Grand Junction, CO
They grow a little bit of everything, and you can pick what you like to bring home. There are stone fruits, raspberries, grapes, pears, and 18 varieties of apple to pick throughout the season. From Labor Day to mid-November, they are only open on Saturdays.
Green Barn Fruit Co - Palisade, CO
This Palisade orchard offers pick-your-own cherries, apricots, pears, and apples. They began in 2004 on the Colorado River, and started offering you-pick in 2017.
Orchard Valley Farms - Paonia, CO
An 80 acre farm created in 1976. It now has a farm market and pick your own fruits, beginning with raspberries and cherries in June and ending with apples and pumpkins through October. They started growing grapes in 1997 and later opened the Black Bridge Winery. They are located about 70 miles east of Grand Junction.
Peachfork Orchards & Vineyards - Palisade, CO
This East Orchard Mesa farm, run by the Brennan family since 1972, offers several varieties of apples you can pick yourself, beginning in late August and running through October. They also have pears, pluots, and peaches available for PYO. They have a tasting room where you can sample wines made with the grapes and peaches they grow.