The apple picking fun concludes the first weekend in October at the 2021 Apple Festival at Nichols Ranch and Orchards in New Mexico.

Families looking to welcome fall with a change of scenery in a picturesque setting can do so with a day trip to the family-run farm located in the Sacramento Mountains outside of La Luz, New Mexico, about 20 minutes from Alamogordo.

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The celebration of a bountiful apple season will feature all things apple, all kinds of eats, and kid-friendly activities all weekend long.

Not only is it a fun excuse to get out of town for the day, it’s an excellent way to eat fresh and support local farms. Plus, the getaway offers you and the kids the opportunity to enjoy the mountain views, fresh mountain air, and make some memories while picking (and eating) delicious apples.

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Nichols Ranch and Orchards Facebook

The inaugural Apple Festival, set for Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3, will include live music, dozens of vendors, local breweries and wineries, a petting zoo for the kids and a good old-fashioned barn dance.

Apples, Apples, Apples

The Apple Festival is all about the round red, yellow, or green fruit. You're going to find apple pies,turnovers, and cider. The ranch will also make the orchard available for picking your own fresh, delicious apples.

Nichols Ranch and Orchards Facebook
Nichols Ranch and Orchards Facebook

Vendors & Entertainment

The 2-day celebration will include 85 arts and crafts vendors, 20 food and drink vendors, beer and wine from local breweries and wineries and live music from five different bands. And how about this for a good old-fashioned hootenanny (or maybe it's a hoedown, I'm not sure), on Saturday, October 2, there's going to be a barn dance featuring the Justin Kemp Band.

Activities for the Kids

There will be fun activities for the kids, too, including a petting zoo. And did I mention they can pick their own fresh, delicious apples?

Nichols Ranch and Orchards Facebook
Nichols Ranch and Orchards Facebook


Adults: $7
Kids: Kids under 12 get in free
To purchase tickets online and avoid the line CLICK HERE

How to Get There

Nichols Ranch and Orchards is located 7 miles East of La Luz, NM, about 20 minutes from Alamogordo. You can find driving directions HERE.

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