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Fall Fun On The Farm

Pumpkin Patch and The Gem Mining add extra fun to the farm so make sure and check out these special activities available at Dark Water Ranch.


Pumpkin Picking

In the fall we have a Pumpkin Patch where you can walk around and pick out your own pumpkin from the field. Come an enjoy all the farm activities with the added experience of pumpkin chunkin with a real trebuchet and try your hand with the giant sling shot firing hedge apples out over the ravine!

Pumpkin season is great time for schools to visit and spend the day or for families to visit on the weekend.

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Gem Mining

Gem Mining At The Old Fred Mine


Discover the adventure of prospecting  by panning for treasures in an old west style mining sluice. Mine for gemstones, While visiting Dark Water Ranch you can  purchase a bag of rough for some old fashioned fun of mining at The Old Fred Mining Company.

Each bag of rough is different offering a variation of treasures ( gems) to take home. Check your treasures against a identification card, that way all prospectors can know what what treasures they have mined.

This is an activity that children and parents can do together you can take as little or as much time mining as you would like. Mining cost are not part of admission. Each bag cost $7 and can be purchased in the gift shop.

Mining rough $7 a bag purchase in the gift shop. Comes with collection bag and ID card.

Fun & Games

Slide down from the tractor into the corn
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Lot of Photo Ops
Farm Fun

Prove your farm muscle by lifting straw bales with the loft lift. Are you a light weight or a heavy weight?

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Play Games
Try the trebuchet and giant slingshot
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