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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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Posted on August 1, 2016 by

Colorado High Plains Adventure offers real life fun, and when you realize that the fun you’re having could impact animals in a positive way too, it makes it that much better. Colorado High Plains Adventure has three unique destinations where you can visit animals that have been rescued and are looking for a friend.

Here are the sanctuaries you can take your family to visit:

  • Donkeys: Longhopes Donkey Shelter gives a home to the donkeys of the Rocky Mountains that would otherwise be at risk for neglect, abuse or death. Donkeys are the smallest members of the horse family and are very strong and intelligent creatures. They have an incomparable ability for rehabilitation and affection. Head on down to Longhopes to see these beautiful animals on August 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the “Fall for Burro Fundraiser”. Click here for tickets, and visit here to see how you can help.
  • Mustangs: The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary claims over 50,000 wild GEMS_Herd(3)_5-16horses are in short-term and long-term holding facilities nationwide while numbers should be closer to 27,000. By giving these beautiful creatures a home, The Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary helps alleviate the pressures on holding facilities. They offer education and awareness about mustangs and burros, collaborate to support wild horses on the range and provide training, adoptions and sanctuary to those in need. Click here for upcoming events (like the yoga and horsemanship seminar) and here to donate today.
  • Hogs: Hogs (or pigs) are extremely social animals and form close bonds with the people who regularly surround them. Hog Haven provides a safe, happy home for potbellied pigs rescued from situations of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Coming soon to Colorado High Plains Adventure, the sanctuary becomes a reality. Join the email registry for important updates on how to volunteer and make a difference for the animals at the farm. You can also email info@hoghavenfarm.org if you’re interested in having the therapy pigs make an appearance at your facility. These pigs bring joy to both adult and children’s programs.

Don’t wait! Come out to Colorado High Plains Adventure today to give your family, and a loving animal, a world of happiness.


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Posted on May 2, 2016 by

Spring has sprung on the Colorado High Plains, and with that comes an endless array of things to do this May. The six vibrant communities that make up Colorado High Plains Adventure (Aurora, Watkins, Bennett, Strasburg, Byers and Deer Trail) offer day trips just thirty minutes east of Denver that are fun for every member of the family. To help you plan an interactive and educational visit, we’ve compiled a list of events that you won’t want to miss.

Spring on the High Plains

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

Mother’s Day and Care Camp Fundraiser

On Mother’s Day weekend, all donations raised will go to Care Camp to assist children with cancer and other illnesses so they too can go camping at special campgrounds. Small potted flowers will be given to the mothers that come to the campground.

When: May 6-8

Where: KOA Campground

Motor Sports Racing

Each Saturday of the month, Colorado Motor Sports Park will be hosting an evening of motorcycles, Colorado late model dirt series, modifies, sports mods and more. Entrance cost is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 62+ and military with proper ID, $8 for kids 12 and under and $30 for a pit pass.

When: May 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 7-10p.m.

Where: Colorado Motor Sports Park

NSCA 6-2-6 Sporting Clay Shoot

For adventure seekers, Lead Valley Range, Colorado’s most comprehensive shooting range, will be hosting sporting clay shoots every weekend in May. Games are open to the public with 24 stations or two fields of twelve stations each. Learn more here.

When: May 14-15, 21-22 & 28-29 from 8a.m.-3p.m.

Where: Lead Valley Range

Fiber Enthusiast Gathering

Join us the third Tuesday of every month for Chimera Ranch’s fiber enthusiast gathering where attendees will have the opportunity to learn about alpacas and fiber spinning. If you are interested in attending please call Sandra Johnson at 623-910-9897.

When: May 17 from 5:30-8:30p.m.

Where: Chimera Ranch

Alpaca Farm Visit

Make a trip to Tall Grass Farms Alpacas and play with the newborns. Free and open to all ages, visitors can experience fiber demonstrations (spinning, weaving and locker hooking) and learn how to felt a bar of goat milk soap. Children’s Alpaca crafts are also available.

When: May 27 from 9a.m.-2p.m.

Where: Tall Grass Farms Alpacas

Adam’s Warrior Buddy and May Farms Dog Jog

May Farms and Adam’s Warrior Buddy have teamed up and created a day full of activities for the whole family, (including your 4-legged family member). Start your day at the farm by walking, jogging or running the 5k. Then stick around for unique exhibits, exciting demos, petting zoo, agricultural education, food, music and vendors.

 When: May 28 from 7a.m.-3p.m.

Where: May Farms

Free Tour Day at Longhopes Donkey Shelter

Make Longhopes Donkey Shelter a stop on your Memorial Day Weekend itinerary and enjoy a free tour of the facility. Residents love sharing the great stories and memories they’ve made at the shelter.

 When: May 28 from 10a.m.-2p.m.

Where: Longhopes Donkey Shelter

Mayberry Farms Alpacas

Another great farm to visit at Colorado High Plains Adventure is Mayberry Farm Alpacas. Visit sheep and alpacas and see Mayberry’s collection of alpaca and fine wool fibers, yarns and handmade items for sale.

 When: May 28 from 11a.m.-4p.m.

Where: Mayberry Farm Alpacas

Warbird Auto Show

For an entrance fee of $10, Front Range Airport is hosting an exciting auto show featuring cars, flyovers, swap meets, war birds and more. Learn more here.

 When: May 28 from 8a.m.-2p.m.

Where: Front Range Airport


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