It’s no surprise that for many New Mexico residents, fall is their favorite time of the year – cooler temperatures, the leaves starting to change colors; and yes pumpkin treats galore! But, fall also provides an opportunity for families to enjoy nature-based activities for little to no money – including these you should add to your fall bucket list now:
Corn Maze – Enjoy some good ole’ corny fun with the whole family by visiting a corn maze this fall. For those of you who live in the Albuquerque Metro Area – did you know we have a local 8-acre maze? Rio Grande Community Farm was established in 1997 to manage 50 acres of the 138-acre Los Poblanos Fields Open Space. Every year the farm opens it Maize Maze to the public. This year the Maize Maze is open October 20th – 21st and October 27th – 28th. Want to know the best news? Tickets are very reasonably priced so they whole family can enjoy! Kids age 2 & under are free; tickets for kids 3 -12 years of age are $7; and adult tickets are $10 - you can purchase your tickets online or at the event. You can also watch our Facebook page throughout the month, because as a proud sponsor of this year’s event, we’ll be giving away some free tickets! In addition to the 8-acre maze, you’ll also enjoy pumpkin painting, snacks and drinks and educational programming by Explora, the Audubon Society, ABQ BioPark, and Bilingual Birdies.
Jump in a big pile of leaves – No, we’re not kidding! Release your inner-child and go jump in a few piles of leaves. And when you’re done, don’t just throw them away. Cheer up your garden by turning your piles into compost. For any gardener, fall is the most important season of the year for improving your soil for when the spring and summer gardening season comes around again.
Two wheels are better than four – When it comes to getting around this fall, consider riding your bike whenever possible. Bike riding provides significant health and environmental benefits. Not to mention, with the beautiful fall scenery and cooler weather, there’s no excuse not to get on your bike. Did you know the city of Albuquerque has over 400 miles of bike paths and trails? Check them out here.
Visit a Farmer’s Market – Yes, the supply of fresh summer fruits may be dwindling, but you can embrace a whole new round of seasonal fruits and veggies such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, acorn squash and eggplants at your local farmer’s market.
Bring on the pumpkins – Halloween is just around the corner, so what better time to carve a few jack-o-lanterns! When you’re done, roast the leftover seeds or turn them into pumpkin seed brittle.
Play Football – It’s football season, so get outside, make the most out of cooler weather and get in some exercise. Organize a friendly (touch, not tackle) match with friends and family. Or sit on the sidelines and simply watch a game!
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