October 17, 2014
Denver Botanic Gardens
Corn Maze and Dead Zone Haunted Maze
8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road
Littleton, CO 80128
HOURS: Fridays 4-9, Saturdays 12-9, Sundays 12-6 through November 1
FEES: $12 non-members/$10 members for corn maze, $22 non-members/$20 members
I would have never guessed the place to be on Friday night would be the haunted corn maze at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Chatfield location, but it was!
I had never been to a corn maze and it didn’t take much convincing to get a few of my friends (Brian, Harlow, and Erin) to join me. They had never been to a corn maze either. While none of knew what to expect, I don’t think any of us thought there would be a 15 minute line for tickets at 6:30 on a Friday night!
Upon reaching the ticket window, we had the option to purchase the $12 ticket for the regular maze or the $22 ticket for the haunted maze. Since we were there and it was dark, we figured why not go for haunted. And as members, we got a $2 discount.
After a quick stop for a corn dog and armed with our glow sticks as part of our ticket price, we stepped into the maze which from an aerial view is shaped like a butterfly. We should have snapped a photo of the map so we weren’t wandering around the maze aimlessly while we were dodging children and highschoolers. We didn’t find the aimless wandering through the regular maze to be terribly amusing, but eventually we arrived at the haunted part whose entry was marked by a skull.
In the haunted maze, we walked through decorated props and followed the path while actors jumped out at us. Given our eyes were able to adjust to the light and the haunted parts were spread out a bit we were more entertained than frightened on the lovely Friday evening. We felt fortunate when we ran for safety through the exit, as the line to enter the haunted maze had quadrupled in length during the 15 minutes we spent inside. We didn’t have to wait very long, but the line looked to take an hour (and there aren’t any refunds).
We meandered back to the start, which wasn’t exactly what we were supposed to do. There was a way to an exit near the start on the left-hand side of the maze, but we thought we were supposed to cross all the way to the right-hand side. After a few failed attempts, we resorted to going to the start. At the start, we found the maze has two parts (left and right) with two entrances and two exits, so set out to explore the right-hand side next.
This side was much quieter and much easier to navigate now that we had a picture of the maze to refer to occasionally. The right side of the butterfly had a glow tunnel. We called it the Chihuly Hallway, though the glowing lights didn’t compare to the Chihuly exhibit.
I’m not sure we spent more than 1.5 hours at the corn maze, and I’m not sure I’d go back on a Friday night again, but I’m glad I visited once. I think it would be fun to go during a nice day and have picnic, enjoy the entire Chatfield location, and stroll through the maze. It’s a little bit of a trek from Denver to Chatfield for 1.5 hours, so we went out for a drink later. I must say, it was a unique experience, and I look forward to many more while I check out things to do in Denver! ETB