CommunityColorado Living

Actions

Sheriff's office: Farmers say visitors of sunflower fields are illegally walking, driving into fields

Sheriff's office: Farmers say visitors of sunflower fields are illegally walking, driving into fields
Posted at 7:00 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 20:02:52-04

The large sunflower fields near Denver International Airport are a beautiful part of Colorado, but authorities are reminding those who visit the area that trespassing is not only illegal, but is detrimental to the farming community.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office said it has received "countless" complaints from farmers and residents who say their sunflower crops, many of which are on private property, are being destroyed by visitors who walk, or even drive, into the fields. The sheriff's office said farmers have also reported visitors leaving litter and violating traffic laws.

"Farmers rely on crops, such as sunflowers, to earn a living and to supply local bees an area to pollinate," the sheriff's office said.

Visitors who enter private property, even if there are no signs along the roadway, are criminally trespassing, which can carry a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $750 fine, the sheriff's office said.

All traffic laws still apply in the area.

Are you a farmer or resident who welcomes the public to your sunflower fields? Send us a note at newstips@thedenverchannel.com and we'll add your name to this story as a place to legally and responsibly enjoy the flowers. Please include location and if any fees apply.