Colorado for Kids: Corn maze at Chatfield Farms

This Denver-area corn maze burned a few hours for us on a sunny weekend day, and has attractions for kids of all ages. Here’s what it looked like.

The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

As the weekends cool off a little, the corn maze and associated fairground-style attractions at Chatfield Farms will be a great way to knock out a weekend morning (or even a weekday — see the end of this post for dates) with the kids. Here’s what it looked like when we went (and here are more Colorado for Kids items).

The first part of the maze is parking and then finding the maze.
The parking lot at the corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The parking lot at the corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

Here’s the address: 8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton. It’s very easy to get to from C-470. Hop off at CO-121, go south and you’ll see signs directing you to turn right shortly.

There are rules. All children stopped and dutifully read them.
On our way to the corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
On our way to the corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
Ooh, gourds.
A small bridge at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
A small bridge at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

We should put some gourds out at home.

OK, here we go.
The corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The main corn maze is huge.
Denver Botanic Gardens says the corn maze at Chatfield Farms is 8 acres. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
Denver Botanic Gardens says the corn maze at Chatfield Farms is eight acres. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

It’s advertised as being eight acres.

“Wind your way through the corn and help Farmer Green find his lost animals. Life-size animal cutouts are hidden throughout the maze for fun photo opportunities. The maze can be viewed from two 15-foot tall illuminated bridges.”

There’s a big, lifted crow’s nest in case anybody gets lost.
An employee mans a crow's nest the corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
An employee mans a crow’s nest in the corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

We definitely heard the guy in the tower using a megaphone to tell two parents — who were still in the maze — that their kids were at the entrance.

There’s also a mini maze for littler kids.
There's a mini-maze at the corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
There’s a mini-maze at the corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

This was the one for us. There’s no way to get lost. We were there with another family, and they were pushing their stroller with no problems. It was a pretty sturdy stroller, but I think we probably could have done it even with our umbrella stroller.

The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The mini maze probably took just over 5 minutes.
The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The mini corn maze at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

We could have gone faster — or slower, by intentionally walking into the “dead ends,” which are really only about 10 feet long and obvious to an adult as soon as you look at them.

We are maze champions! Let’s eat junk food!
There are fairground food stands and food trucks at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
There are fairground food stands and food trucks at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

When we were there, there was a pizza food truck, sno-cones, kettle corn, jerky, and a specialty mac-n-cheese truck.

You can also save your money and bring your own food. My Internal Dad Calculator estimates we saved one million dollars by doing that.

As with any outdoor venue in the Denver area, at Chatfield Farms there's cornhole and giant not-Jenga-for-legal-reasons. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
As with any outdoor venue in the Denver area, at Chatfield Farms there’s cornhole and giant not-Jenga-for-legal-reasons. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
There are a lot of ways for kids to have fun and burn off energy in direct sunlight.
The jumping pillow at Chatfield Farms was very popular. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The jumping pillow at Chatfield Farms was very popular. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

The “jumping pillow” is basically a big bounce house sans house. Take off your shoes, sign a waiver (naturally) and jump around. The kids went crazy for it, and parents were hilariously swapping tips — for example, the dark green stripe gets really hot in the sun.

There’s a barrel train ride.
The barrel train ride at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The barrel train ride at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The barrel train ride at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
The barrel train ride at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

It takes a few minutes and, depending on how big your kid is, can be a quick break for a parent. Some seats are big enough for a parent to ride with a kid, and if yours is under the age of 3, they must be accompanied by an adult.

There are pony rides.
Pony rides at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
Pony rides at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

We did not do a pony ride.

And if your kid misbehaves, staffers put them in a transparent sphere and set it out to sea.
Hamster balls in a pool at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)
Hamster balls in a pool at Chatfield Farms. (Dave Burdick/Denverite)

Kidding! Obviously, kids love this thing that looks horrifying to a parent on a sweltering 87-degree day. But hey, maybe it’ll be different in October. Maybe you’ll go, and I’ll just be floating around in one of these things, blogging away with a wifi hotspot in my shirt pocket.

Finally, here’s what you need:
  • Tickets
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Snacks, unless you want to buy food there

Tickets are $8-13, depending on your age and whether you’re a Denver Botanic Gardens member. Kids 2 and under are free. You can buy tickets online or in person.

Times and dates vary, but the maze is open Fridays and weekends through Oct. 30, plus some bonus weekdays the week of Oct. 12-16. Here’s the full calendar. There are also after-dark hours, so you can do the maze by the light of a glow stick, just like in old times! The website helpfully notes that the maze is not haunted, but they don’t say how they know. Either way, if you know any ghosts, it seems like a pretty great place to haunt.

Dave Burdick

Author: Dave Burdick

Dave Burdick is the editor of Denverite. He has previously worked at The Denver Post, The Daily Camera, The Huffington Post, Naropa University up in Boulder and the Best Buy down by Park Meadows circa "Now That's What I Call Music" volume 4. His parents are retired local newspaper journalists, and he is married to a freelance journalist. He lives in Denver with her, their two children and a dog.