Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge

Central Iowa, Des Moines, Parks

Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge

Des Moines Outdoor Fun wants to get you outdoors this summer and explore central Iowa. That is why we have created the ‘Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge’. The communities within central Iowa offer many parks, trails, spray grounds, and more, we want you to get out and discover them.

This year the challenge will look a bit different due to the events happening around our world. To provide safety to the families participating we purposely chose parks that offer hiking, fishing, and water play. These parks’ main focus is not their playground although some may offer a playground. As the Summer continues playgrounds may or may not open, but we wanted to make sure we included parks that offer so much more.

The Central Iowa Trek the Parks Challenge will kick-off on June 5 and run until August 16. During this period of time, we encourage everyone to visit all 30 parks on our list!

Central Iowa, Des Moines, Parks


Download the official list and cross them off as you go!

  1. Terra Park: Johnston
  2. Water Works Park: Des Moines
  3. Brenton Arboretum: Dallas Center
  4. Jester Park: Granger
  5. Yellow Banks State Park: Pleasant Hill
  6. Brown’s Woods Forest: West Des Moines
  7. Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge: Prairie City
  8. Pammel State Park: Winterset
  9. Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt: Maxwell
  10. Easter Lake: Des Moines
  11. Clanton Creek Recreation: Winterset
  12. Walnut Woods: West Des Moines
  13. Zo-El Annett Woods: Prole
  14. Elk Rock State Park: Knoxville
  15. Winterset City Park: Winterset
  16. Thomas Mitchell Park: Mitchellville
  17. Ewing Park: Des Moines
  18. Kuehn Conservation: Earlham
  19. Middle River Park: Winterset
  20. Lake Ahquabi: Indianola
  21. The Enabling Garden: Altoona
  22. Lundy Acres: Indianola
  23. Voas Nature Area: Minburn
  24. Strasser Woods State Preserve: Des Moines
  25. Dale Maffitt Reservoir: Des Moines
  26. Sycamore Trail: Des Moines
  27. Woodland Mounds: Ackworth
  28. Summerset State Park: Carlisle
  29. Margo Frankel Woods: Des Moines
  30. Hanging Rock Park: Redfield


Interactive Map


  1. Visit a park on the Central Iowa Trek the Parks list and post a photo of you at the park using hashtag #DSMOFTrektheParks20 on Facebook or Instagram.
  2. If you visit and post on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag of all 30 parks you will be entered in to win the grand prize.
  3. If you visit and post on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag of at least 10 parks you will be entered in to win a prize.
  4. All winners will be randomly chosen and finalized by August 23, 2020. We will post the winning list above and how to claim your prize at that time.
  5. Participants will be responsible for filling out this form. This will make it easier for me to contact winners and keep track of who is participating. Winners will also be posted on THIS page!
  6. NOTE: Please make sure all social media platforms are set as public, not private, so we are able to see your photos and hashtags.

2020 Trek the Parks WINNERS!

Grand Prize – Mud Kitchen designed and built by Helps Homestead.

  • Randi Rahn

One year membership to The Brenton Arboretum

  • Jill White

Gift package from Tinkergarten

  • Jaime Moir

$50 gift certificate to Active Endeavors

  • Kristi Brokaw

$50 gift certificate to REI

  • Jonette McQuide

Thank you to all of our sponsors including our Platinum Sponsors: Art Terrarium