Where to Pick Apples in the Denver Area


Apple picking season in Colorado typically starts in mid-August and runs through mid-October, depending on weather conditions. We suggest you call the orchard before leaving to check on their availability and hours of operation.

Apple Picking in the Denver Area

Adams Apple Orchard (Ault)

Adams Apple Orchard will open its U-pick season on August 19, 2023, and will be open for picking each Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. No reservations required.With over 145 varieties of apples, you’ll always find something to pick!
Big B’s Orchard

Happy Apple Farm (Penrose)

Note from Happy Apple Farm: Unfortunately, we lost the Apple Crop to both a freeze in April and then a hailstorm in July. However, we will have a great Pumpkin Patch that will open for the 2023 Season on Saturday Sept. 16! Our days of operation will be Friday thru Sunday 9 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. We will try to bring in Fresh Colorado Apples if possible!

Big B’s Fruit Orchard (Hotchkiss)

Big B’s crafts the highest quality juices and hard ciders inspired by the delicious fruit, the changing seasons, and the vibrant people of their growing community – families, farmers, friends, workers, and everyone who enjoys and shares their products.  They welcome visitors to the orchard tolisten to some great music, have a meal at the orchard café, pick some fruit right from the trees, or spend the night in the campground. Check online for picking availability. 

Nelms Farm (Golden)

Nelms Farm was founded in 2012 as a way for our family to share the pesticide and chemical-free apples in the orchard. Guests we welcome to pick-your-own apples right from the trees. Please note that reservations are required for all visitors to the farm. Important note: Unfortunately, due to hail, the apples are not in great shape but we will likely have a few early pumpkins. Any apples that you find will be free this year. 

Orchard Valley Farms (Paonia)

Fresh and sustainably grown fruit and produce, plus local to global artisan crafted foods and gifts are available in our Paonia, Colorado farm market and online store. Check their Facebook page for picking opportunities.

Ya Ya Farm and Orchard (Longmont)

Ya Ya Farm and Orchard is a U-Pick-It orchard in Boulder County. In addition to apple picking, they offer family fall activities including farm animals. Enjoy all things apple in the farm stand – apples, apple cider donuts, apple pies and oh so much more! We do not charge an admission fee.  U-Pick requires prior reservations and is sold out generally by August. The quietest times here for a visit are weekdays in the afternoon times.

Apple Picking Tips

  • Dress in layers, as the weather can change quickly in the mountains.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in.
  • Bring a hat and sunscreen, even if it’s a cloudy day.
  • Bring a basket or bag to carry your apples.
  • Be prepared to get dirty!
  • Have fun! Apple picking is a great way to enjoy the fall weather and get some exercise.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here