The 10 Best Pumpkin Picking Spots in New Mexico!

Whether you’re looking for a bright orange and beautiful Halloween decoration or the ideal baking pumpkin, you’ll be pleased with the options available at New Mexico’s spectacular farms and ranches. And picking pumpkins is a lovely way to enjoy the great outdoors in the autumn. Here are the best spots to pick up a pumpkin in the state!

Graves Farm and Garden, Roswell, NM

Get out to this family farm in October for a riotous good time the entire family will enjoy. The Farm’s annual fall festival is chockfull of activities. A pick-your-own pumpkin patch bumps heads with cow milking, duck races, pumpkin toss, corn shucking, pony rides, potato pitch and hay rides. Four generations of Graves’ have farmed this region—they know a thing or two about growing pumpkins. A great selection and good value.

La Union Maze, La Union, NM

Put on your boots and overalls and take a ride out to this 12-acre pumpkin patch populated by orange orbs of all shapes, sizes and varieties. Load up a wheelbarrow and pay by the pound. Before you checkout, thought, don’t miss the other activities: pedal cars for kids, tube slide, kids swings, horse-walk go-round, bounce house. Try your hand at corn hole and teeter ball. Find your way through the flower mini-maze for toddlers and parents. Special events on the last weekend include a pumpkin smash, wagon and cow train ride and the run-of-the-pigs races. Open last weekend in September through the first week of November.

Galloping Grace Youth Ranch, Rio Rancho, NM

A rite of passage as a child is to get to go to a patch and pick the perfect pumpkin, whether it’s going to be a jack-o’-lantern or the head of a ghoulish ghost. This ranch is all about bringing joy to children by involving them in raising livestock or growing crops. Stop by this patch and help support the organization’s mission, while at the same time having a heck of a lot of fun. In addition to pumpkins, there’s a corn pit, harvest maze, scarecrow dress-up, pumpkin bowling, corn hole and pumpkins in all sizes. Open every day during the month of October.

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Rio Grande Community Farm, Albuquerque, NM

This farm is a 50-acre parcel in the 140-acre Los Poblanos Fields Open Space that also harbors community gardens and wildlife habitat. Pumpkins have been growing in the farm’s fields for months, just in time for pumpkin picking the last two weekends in October. Part of the day’s fun includes a pumpkin painting activity—come prepared to give your pumpkin a new identity. Also on hand, an eight-acre maze, scavenger hunt and educational activities and birding tours with the Audubon Society’s top-notch birders. Food, a beer garden, fun run and live music round out the event.

McCall’s Pumpkin Patch, Moriarty, NM

Down-to-earth activities, that’s what you’ll find, plus an incredible assortment of pumpkins grown right here. You take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and then can wander the field until you spy that pumpkin you just can’t live without. So much else to do, too. Get lost in the corn maze, feed the farm animals, race a pedal cart, scoot down the giant slide, take a cow train and mine for gemstones. Bring a picnic or eat here. Open weekends in October.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe, NM

You only have two days in October to snatch a pumpkin out of the scarecrow guarded patch during the annual Harvest Festival that takes place at this living history museum venue. Since 1972, activities here have helped to inspire learning and preserve the traditions and culture of New Mexico. USA Today voted this the second best fall harvest festival in the country. In addition to the pumpkin purchase, stomp some grapes, make cornhusk dolls, hand-crank a traditional apple press and taste syrup from the sorghum mill. Kids under 12 get free admission.

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Mesilla Valley Maze, Las Cruces, NM

Imagine, 20 acres filled with tens of thousands of pumpkins. No, not imaginary. It’s reality. You’ll find pumpkins, from mini to giant-sized in a variety of colors and shapes, gourds and squash, as well as dozens of other fun things to do here every weekend in October. Admission includes a trek through the corn maze, hayrides, farmer golf, giant slides, pumpkin princess story time, corn boxes and a bucket-full of games. Free parking and a picnic area—so pack a lunch and spend the day.

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Sutherland Farms, Aztec, NM

October brings with it a coolness in the air, trees changing color and, of course, a trip to the local pumpkin patch. Celebrate at this family-run farm that has three generations helping out. Each weekend in October is a Pumpkin Festival, celebrating all things fall. Hayrides … check! Corn pit, corn maze, barrel train rides and duck races … absolutely! Fun for the whole family. Of course! Children under 12 are free. Don’t miss the bakery. There might just be a pumpkin pie with your name on it.

Wagner’s Farmland Experience, Corrales, NM

Picking out a pumpkin has a lot of variables. Finding the right shape and weight—yes, you have to carry it at some point—can be challenging. So, it’s important to have a good selection to choose from. That’s what you’ll find here. But there’s more than just pumpkins. Take an old-fashioned hayride around the farm. Pet and feed the Farmland animal friends. Run through the 2.2 miles of trails in the corn maze; take a water bottle in case you get lost. Most importantly, have fun with family and friends at this seasonal gathering.

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Balzano Family Vineyard and Pumpkin Patch, Carlsbad, NM

Don’t be a pumpkin head … get to this patch and have some fun! All pumpkins are locally grown  and come tall, short, round, oblong, smooth or covered in warts, perfect for fall decor, Halloween jack-o-lanterns or your best pumpkin pie recipe. After the pumpkin hunt, catch some fish in Papa’s pond, grab a seat on a hayride, look for magical sprites in the fairy garden, slingshot a pumpkin, race a duck, ride a cow train, try for a strike in pumpkin bowling or do the pumpkin bounce. Don’t miss the yummy caramel apples, roasted corn or homemade pumpkin pie. Open the last weekend in September through the end of October.

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