Summit Road Trip: Fruita’s Moon Farm offers museum displays, farm animals, lodging
Free Press Correspondent
Moon Farm in Fruita has been known for its pumpkin patch for years, but many locals and visitors don’t know about its other offerings — museum exhibits, a variety of structures and a plethora of farm animals.
“I love taking my kids there,” said Briana Fesperman, of Grand Junction. “They love seeing all of the animals and picking out pumpkins when Halloween comes around.”
Currently, Moon Farm offers a variety of activities perfect for kids and adults. In June, David Moon, the owner, starts planting pumpkins in the field by the house. There’s also a corn maze where kids enter through an old school bus and through a makeshift graveyard for some haunted fun.
The newest collection at Moon Farm is the doll museum where Kathy Erikson, of Pueblo, Colorado, donated 2,000 Barbie dolls as an exhibit. The collection features iconic Barbies from shows and movies such as “I Love Lucy,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Bewitched” and more. There are also designer Barbies on display that were made by high-end fashion designers such as Christian Dior, Bob Mackey, Versace and more. The room holds only a third of the collection, Moon noted.
Other attractions include a teddy bear house, a snow house that features old skis and snowboards, a medieval house, an Egyptian house, and many more. Each house has its own unique collection for every age to enjoy.
Kids and adults can also take a tour of the farm to visit the animals.
According to Moon, white peacocks are the most popular attraction. Only the males have big white tail feathers, and they usually open them up — which is a spectacular sight — in the morning.
Two properties on Moon Farm’s land are additionally used to house overnight visitors and to host special events. Rooms are rented out to travelers passing through the area and for weddings.
“It’s a great family place,” said Kelsey Norton, of Fruita. “When I was little, I went there for field trips and I always had a blast.”
In 1954, the Moon family purchased 80 acres of land and used it as a farm and a homestead. They raised animals and used it as a playground for their kids.
The concept of Moon Farm as an attraction began when David Moon’s kindergarten class took an “outing,” known now as a field trip, to his family farm. From there, the family started building attractions.
“My mom wanted to build new attractions for the schools to see the next year,” Moon said. “The kids named it, and then it became the Moon Farm.”
Years ago, Moon Farm hosted day camps for local kids, offering activities such as archery, shooting BB guns, swimming, dancing and more.
“It was a nice day camp, and we did that for 32 years,” Moon explained.
Thirty-five years ago, the Moons sold off 40 acres of land, and then split the rest. Moon’s sister and brother now live on 5 acres each, and the Moon Farm currently sits on 15 acres.
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