Agriculture tourism is flourishing in Colorado. As tourists look for alternative travel experiences, farmers and ranchers are picking up on this trend for increased cash flow.
According to a report from Colorado State University (CSU), visitors are paying to stay on ranchland and participate in a variety of activities, including: “outdoor recreation (fishing, hunting, wildlife photography, horseback riding); educational experiences (farm and cannery tours, cooking classes, wine tasting, cattle drives, or help work the ranch); entertainment (harvest festivals or corn mazes); hospitality services (farm and ranch stays, guided tours or outfitter services); on-farm direct sales (u-pick operations or roadside stands); and, off-the-farm direct sales (farmers’ markets, county and state fairs, special events).
Check out this article in the Rocky Mountain News, “Agriculture tourism sprouts fields of green.”
And read the CSU report referenced above, “Agritourism: A Potential Economic Driver in the Rural West.”