There is just something about fall that makes wandering off into a cornfield seem somewhat acceptable and proper.
It is believed that the first full-size corn maze was created in Annville, Pennsylvania in 1993.
Since then, however, the phenomenon has spread across the country. Artistic designs have become nearly de rigueur and given the creative prowess of New Mexicans, some particularly intricate ones can be found throughout the state.
“We have a tropical theme,” said Roxanne Wagner, one of the family members of Wagner’s Farmland Experience. “We have a vine and a palm tree and a flamingo and a seashell.”
The La Union Maze’s theme this year is tribute to those who helped bring us through the past 18 months – health care workers, set against a field festooned with floral patterns.
“You go into the field and it starts as a crop circle,” said St. Bernard Farms Manager Marcella Chavez-Roy, of one of the farm’s two mazes. “You have choose of one of three different paths to get out of there.”
Here’s a rundown of some of the maize mazes across New Mexico.
Rio Grande Community Farm
WHEN: Oct. 23-24
WHERE: 1701 Montaño NW, Albuquerque
TICKET INFO: 505-916-1078, riograndefarm.org/maize-maze
Wagner’s Farmland Experience
WHEN: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through October 31st
WHERE: 6445 Corrales Road, Corrales
TICKET INFO: 505-459-0719, wagnersfarmlandexperience.com
McCall’s Pumpkin Patch
WHEN: McCall’s Pumpkin Patch is open noon-6 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31; McCall’s Haunted Farm is open by reservation 7 p.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30
WHERE: 2 McCall Lane, Moriarty
TICKET INFO: 505-595-7500, mccallpumpkinpatch.com
Mesilla Valley Maze
WHEN: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31
WHERE: 3855 West Picacho Ave., Las Cruces
TICKET INFO: 575-526-1919, mesillavalleymaze.com
La Union Maze
WHEN: 5-10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 7
WHERE: 1101 NM Highway 28, Anthony
TICKET INFO: launionmaze.com
St. Bernard Farms
WHEN: 5-9 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 31
WHERE: 849 NM-77, Clovis
TICKET INFO: 575-791-2044, stbernardfarms.com
Graves Farm and Garden
WHEN: Corn maze is open from dark-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30
WHERE: 6265 S. Graves Road, Roswell
TICKET INFO: 1-844-400-1889, gravesfarm.com