Places to sled in Des Moines

I wasn’t planning on writing this post sharing places to sled in Des Moines because there are quite a few lists already out there… but I realized that none of them were complete! Warrior Park, in particular, has an engineered hill specifically made for sledding but wasn’t recommended in any of the blog posts or articles that I’d found and there are a few others that weren’t mentioned frequently. I have not visited all of these locations myself; I looked for recommendations in local Facebook groups, other blog posts, in addition to local publications’ published lists. I hope to visit some of these this winter, but I’m happy to add in descriptions if you have any tips or comments on any of the spots.

dsmof disclaimer

Several of these spots only allow sledding if there is a minimum number of inches on the ground, so always check their social media and/or call before heading over! Check out the places you can rent snowshoes in Des Moines, if you are looking for some snow sports variety, check out our favorite mittens for kids too!

All of these spots are added to the interactive map if you want to see what is closest to you!

  1. Beaver Creek Elementary School – 8701 Lyndhurst Drive, Johnston, IA
  2. Blank Golf Course –  808 County Line Road, Des Moines, IA
  3. Brenton Arboretum –  25141 260th Street, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063
  4. Campbell Recreation Area – 12385 Woodlands Pkwy, Clive, IA 50325
  5. Capitol Hill – 1111 East Court, Des Moines, IA
  6. Centennial Park –  1255 Warrior Lane Waukee, Iowa 50263
  7. Country club glen park – 16335 Sheridan Ave, Clive, IA 50325
  8. Ewing Park –  5300 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA
  9. Grandview Golf Course –  50320 2401 E 29th St, Des Moines, IA
  10. Greenwood  Park –  4500 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312
  11. Ironwood Park –  2380 3rd Ave SW Altoona, IA 50009
  12. Jordan Creek Elementary –  4501 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA
  13. Lion’s Park –  13th Ave & 4th St SW Altoona, IA 50009
  14. MacRae Park – 1021 Davis Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315
  15. Mercy West Clinic – 1601 NW 114th St, Clive, IA
  16. Metro Ice Sports Arena –  5100 NW 72nd St, Urbandale, IA
  17. Northcreek Park –  NW 13th ST and NW Irvinedale DR Ankeny, IA 50023
  18. Otter Creek Golf Course –  4100 NE Otter Creek Drive, Ankeny, IA
  19. Pearson Park – 1256 19th Street West Des Moines, IA 50265
  20. Pointe Vista Park – 9612 Enfield Drive Johnston, IA
  21. Seven Oaks Recreation – 50131 1086 222nd Drive, Boone, IA
  22. Sleepy Hollow Sports Park – 4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines, IA
  23. Southwoods Park – 350 S. 35th Street West Des Moines, IA 50265
  24. Summerbrook Park – Corner of SE 8th ST and SE Delaware AVE Ankeny, IA 50021
  25. Union Park – 725 Thompson Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316
  26. Waveland Golf Course – 4908 University Ave, Des Moines, IA
  27. Winter Park – 5110 72nd Street Urbandale, IA 50322

2 thoughts on “Places to sled in Des Moines

  1. Angelica says:

    Perkins Elementary School has mini hills for toddlers and several big hills.

  2. Kaci says:

    Fairmont park is a popular and excellent sledding place too! We were there last weekend and definitely 40-50 people were sledding.


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