The Best Family Apple Picking Destinations in Colorado

September 28, 2023

Fall is now officially here, which means that we have an abundance of fresh apples in Colorado! Whether you have a tradition of apple picking each year or you’re a novice orchardist, we have some helpful recommendations for you. Below, you’ll find orchards that are just a hop, skip, and a jump from Elizabeth, CO and the Independence Community, and other destinations that are more of a hike. Whichever one(s) you choose, you’re sure to have a fantastic time! 

YA YA Farm and Orchard

YA YA Farm and Orchard has been part of Boulder County since 1896. Located in Longmont, this U-Pick orchard is just a little over an hour’s drive from our community. It’s well worth the trek, since you’ll find much more than just delicious apples here! YA YA Farm and Orchard is also known for beautiful draft horses, apple cider donuts, and its annual event, Applefest (which is happening October 21-22 this year). 

Adam’s Apple Orchard and Country Store

Adam’s Apple Orchard and Country Store is nestled in Ault, Colorado. If you’re looking for a fun day trip, this destination could be perfect. The drive will take about two hours from Elizabeth, so it’s not too far, yet far enough for an adventure with new scenery.  Here, you’ll find a bounty of apples to pick in the U-Pick orchard. According to the site, they’re having a great early season so far! When you’re finished perusing the orchards, stop by the country store to pick up some delightful local, seasonal products. 

Big B’s

Big B’s is one of the most famous orchards in Colorado. It’s located in Hotchkiss, which is about a five-hour drive from Elizabeth. You can pick a variety of apples at your leisure, but Big B’s is best-known for its hard cider. Ciderfest is held here each year, so if you want to plan a trip that’s sure to be worth your while, mark your calendar for October 27-29.

Nelms Farm

If you’d like to stay closer to home, you’ve got to check out Nelms Farm in Golden. Founded in 2012, Nelms Farm is committed to sustainability and is a chemical-free and pesticide-free orchard. Here, you’ll find a variety of produce that extends far beyond apples. For the 2023 season, you can stock up on potatoes, pumpkins, local honey, and homemade jam. The farm isn’t having the best apple harvest this year, but there’s good news—any apples that you pick are FREE! If you decide to join the fun, be sure to make a reservation

Apple picking season is always a great time. If you’re looking forward to roaming the fields and enjoying the great outdoors, our state has plenty of excellent orchards to visit. Whether you want to stay close to home or make it a day or weekend trip, you’re sure to make some great memories out there this fall. If you love nature and want to live in a community that honors Colorado’s agricultural traditions, stop by for a tour of the Independence Community! We’re located in Elizabeth, just 15 minutes from downtown Parker! To learn more about becoming a resident, please contact us!