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Posted on December 7, 2016 by

The leaves have fallen, the crops have been harvested and now the fields are covered in snow. Folks, it’s safe to say winter is here. We hope you won’t let the cold keep you from having a fun season. Whether you’re putting on your boots and heading outside or curling up next to the fire, Colorado High Plains Adventure knows just how to enjoy the chilly season.


Spend time with family: Kids get time off from school, and parents get time off from work for the holiday season. Spend the extra days exploring all Colorado offers with your loved ones. Head to Caramel Apple Farm and make homemade, sweet-smelling soap, perfect for a holiday gift. Take the little ones to see majestic mustangs, lively donkeys and even loving pigs. The adventures are endless with Colorado High Plains.


Learn a new recipe: The farms of the Eastern Plains are always cooking up new treats, even in the winter. May Farms is best known for its mouth-watering pies. There’s also live music on Thursday nights. Pop in and ask them for some cooking advice then enjoy a night of dancing.


polaroid-camera-3-30-10-004Read a good book: Take a trip to your local library and find a book about adventure, history, romance or whatever it is that you enjoy reading about. We suggest getting multiple books so you can curl up and not leave the house for a while. The best thing to curl up with is a thick, warm alpaca blanket. Buy one locally made at any of the Colorado High Plains Adventure alpaca farms: Chimera Ranch, Bluebird Alpaca Ranch, Dusty Acres Farm, Lazy B Acres Alpacas, Mayberry Farm Alpacas, Silver Bridle Ranch and Tall Grass Farms Alpacas.


Play outside: Bundle up in alpaca-knit apparel from the above farms, and get out in the snow. Activities after a good snowfall include, but are not limited to, snowball fights, snow angels and snowman building. If you aren’t sure how to make a sturdy snowman, check out this wikiHow and follow the steps on how to build a snowman. Best of luck!


If you decide to do any of the above activities, we’d love to hear about how they went. Tag @coloradohighplainsadventure on Facebook to share your Colorado winter adventure. Happy winter!

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Posted on November 21, 2016 by

Fill up on local treats and curl up in handwoven blankets all made or grown from your friends in the Eastern Plains. Overflowing with crops, crafts and livestock, this is where some of the best food is found and the most fun is had. Here are some of the top treasures to enjoy this Thanksgiving season from Colorado High Plains Adventure.

  • Turkey: A Thanksgiving favorite is of course the turkey. Surprise turkeys-and-chickensyour guests with a beautiful, large size turkey that has lived off pasture and had a healthy life at Ambrosia Farm. Ambrosia Farm also has chickens and eggs for any other dishes you plan to serve.
  • Vegetables and Fruit: We’re here to help with all the veggies and fruits you need for the feast including potatoes, squash, cantaloupe and maybe even a pumpkin. Prairie Harvest Organics is an organic farm that grows all the best crops and even gives farm tours and agricultural classes. Some of the best from this farm include Yukon Gold potatoes, Bodega Red potatoes, summer squash and so much more. Head down to fill up.
  • Dessert: It’s the best part of the night, and you’ll want to make sure you have the perfect pies for each person at the table. May Farms can help do just that with a variety of flavors of homemade pies. The whole family will be thankful you got a May Farm pie.
  • Homemade Soap: Clean up after a night of food and fun with some homemade soap from Caramel Apple Farm. Aromatic scents range from spiced pumpkin to peppermint to lavender and more. Also for purchase are lotions, lip balms and laundry soap, which are all naturally made with goat’s milk.
    (Heather A. Longway/ Heather Longway Photography ©2016)

    (Heather A. Longway/ Heather Longway Photography ©2016)

  • Alpaca Products: The hard part is over, and now it’s time to relax with the folks you love most. Cuddle up with some handwoven and knit products from local alpaca farms like Chimera Ranch, Bluebird Alpaca Ranch, Dusty Acres Farm, Lazy B Acres Alpacas, Mayberry Farm Alpacas, Silver Bridle Ranch and Tall Grass Farms Alpacas. Products include blankets, fleeces, socks and more.

The Eastern Plains are largely farmland, and over 90 percent of our farms are family run and operated. Come visit a local treasure today and make Thanksgiving extra special for the family.

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Posted on September 8, 2016 by

It’s the season for cooler weather, harvesting crops and sharing Colorado-grown favorites with locals. On the Eastern Plains, we’re celebrating the “Annual Farm Festival” on Sept. 24-25 at May Farms in Byers, Colo., and we’d love for you to join us. Farmers, ranchers and local businesses will bring in produce, locally produced goods, provide live demonstrations, and more. And for all the animal lovers, there will be a chance to see alpacas, goats, pigs, sheep and more.

Similar to National Farmer’s Day, held each year on Oct. 12, the celebration will be a chance to tour the farm and pay tribute to the hard work and contributions of all farmers on the Eastern Plains. May Farms, for example, has chickens, sheep, goats and donkeys along with a corn maze and pumpkin patch in September and October. Other local favorites that will be at the celebration include Byers America (feed store), Tall Grass Alpacas, Chimera Ranch, Caramel Apple Farm, Hog Haven Pig Sanctuary and more. Activities Include:

  • Adventures: Perfect for all ages, there will be a family-friendly scavenger hunt at the farm. While looking for items, make your way around the pumpkin patch, corn maze and state of the art Agtion Greenhouse. There’s also a barrel train and haystack ride that will be giving rides throughout the celebration.
  • Informational Farm Fun: Come meet and pet the animals of the Eastern Plains and learn what they do for us. You and your family can also watch fiber being spun on to bobbins and learn how to weave the spun fiber into a beautiful cloth. Before you end your night, make sure you stop by and learn about the Star Haven Observatory, which will have two solar telescopes and a flight simulator. Then, go enjoy the beautiful, clear, night sky of the Eastern Plains.
  • Pets with a Purpose: Service dogs for veterans and their families will make an appearance at the Adams Warrior Buddy booth. There will also be rescued, therapy pigs meeting and greeting friends at the Hog Haven booth. Stop by to learn what both these animals are doing to help others.

If you can’t make it, come see these local treasures:

  • Dry Dock Brewery: The first brewery in Aurora, Colo., Dry Dock’s North Dock, has two taprooms with more than a dozen brews to choose from. You can even stop by the Dry Dock brew house and play some free Disc Golf.
  • The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary: Welcomed to Colorado High Plains Adventure this month, The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary offers education and awareness about mustangs and burros. They also provide training, adoptions and sanctuary to those in need. Come see one of these beautiful creatures for yourself.

There is no admission fee and the festival will be open from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. May Farms is located at 64001 US Hwy. 36 in Byers, CO. Please be aware that pets are not allowed on the premises for the Annual Farm Festival. Alpacas in particular are very afraid of dogs. Thank you for your understanding. Hope to see you there as we enjoy the last days of summer at Colorado High Plains Adventure.

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