When people first think of Colorado, they might picture the majestic Rocky Mountains and wintertime fun on skis and snowboards. However, you might be surprised to know that the foundation of the state is agriculture.
What is agritourism? Agritourism covers a wide variety of recreational, educational and other leisure activities and services, provided by farmers and ranchers and experienced by consumers who value the activity or service they receive and seek it out. Agritourism may be defined as activities, events and services related to agriculture that take place on or off the farm or ranch, and that connect consumers with the heritage, natural resource or culinary experience they value. There are three general classifications of agritourism activities: on-farm/ranch, food-based, and heritage activities.
We encourage visitors and Coloradans to experience the state's agricultural heritage by visiting agritourism events and activities. The last USDA Ag Census (2012) indicated that 864 Colorado farms offered agritourism and recreational services, totaling nearly $30 million in farm income.
In 2006 more than 13 million visitors experienced agritourism in Colorado and the economic impact was $2.2 billion. Whether you visit a farm, shop at a farmers' market or tour a winery, you are helping to support Colorado's agriculture industry.
If you are looking to diversify your operation by including agritourism activities on your farm or ranch, visit our Agritourism Resources section for helpful information and a list of workshops across the state.
*This information is provided as a service. A listing in the agritourism section does not constitute an endorsement by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.