Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Earlier this season, I talked about some of the things that I was looking forward to doing this fall and of course, going to the pumpkin patch was on the list. When it was just Alex and I, we would pick up a pumpkin or two at the grocery store, call it a day, and we may or may not have actually gotten around to carving it before Halloween. You hear the statement "Everything changes when you have kids," a lot, but I really think the most noticeable change that I've noticed in us is how we enjoy our time together more, enjoy the seasons more, and live more intentionally. Life is just more fun!

We were originally going to go to another local pumpkin patch that most families with kids head to, but changed our minds at the last minute. Galloping Grace was where we brought Ev last year and it only felt right to revisit and make it a tradition. We're also on a tight budget these days and GGYR is the only pumpkin patch I know of in the area that doesn't charge admission. When comparing prices, we ended up spending $30 to $40 less than we would have if we had gone to the more popular one. Plus, all of GGYR's profits are used to operate a ranch whose goal is to empower, encourage, and teach children through raising animals, exploring the outdoors, growing crops, etc. We like to 'vote' with our money!

They have so many activities and play areas set up for kids to run and dig and explore in. We ended up spending an entire morning there, but could have easily stayed longer! Evie's favorite part was the animals, of course, but I think the corn pit was a close second. They have goats, sheep, chickens, pigs, ponies, a cow and more - and most of them are so friendly that you can walk right up to the fence and pet them. As for the corn pit, that's where we spent the majority of our time, watching Ev pour corn from container to container and burying her legs - there was also a lot of pouring corn out of our shoes afterwards.

Like I said, there are so many fun activities for kids of all ages. They had a water pumping station where you could send a rubber duck down a chute with each gush of water, 'pumpkin bowling' with pins that were almost as big as Ev, a 'Mr. Pumpkin Head' area where you could use Mr. Potato Head parts to create pumpkin people, big slides made from drainage tubes, a sand box with tons of dump trucks, an area for kids to ride toy tractors, good food, and big bins of tiny pumpkins that Evie dove into head first to try and find the perfect one, of course. They even have a few cute photo areas set up with Mom in mind. In addition to the pictures I took, I got a ton of video footage for the family videos that I've started putting together each season, so the pumpkin patch frenzy on the blog isn't over yet!

For you Albuquerque locals, the Galloping Grace Youth Ranch pumpkin patch is open every day from 9 to 5, and is located behind the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. It was a bit of a long drive for us, but definitely worth it! Check out their website for more specific directions and info.


  1. looks so fun! I love the corn pit idea, I bet Riggs would have loved it!



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