Our next decoration clean-up will begin March 1st.
Please use our cemetery search to look up burials at the City of Des Moines Municipal Cemeteries. Maps are available on this page.
You can find location information for each cemetery in our Parks Directory.
The cemeteries are constantly maintained. They are tranquil, peaceful, and beautiful. Throughout the cemeteries there are more than 170,000 burials.
We provide services for traditional burials and unique options for cremated remains. If you need a monument, we partner with local monument companies. If you are planning for future burial needs or tasked with the challenge of arranging a loved one’s burial, we are here to guide you through the process.
Wreaths Across America
Des Moines Parks and Recreation is joining the national “Wreaths Across America” campaign. Woodland Cemetery has been chosen as an official location amongst our seven municipal cemeteries.
Support is needed to fund over 700 wreaths placed to remember and honor our veterans on “National Wreaths Across America Day” December 18. Sponsorship levels include:
- 1 Wreath Individual Sponsorship ($15)
- 2 Wreaths ($30.00)
- 5 Wreaths ($75.00) *Most Popular
- 10 Wreaths ($150.00)
- Custom Number of Wreaths
Sign up to be a volunteer! Individuals are needed to lay wreaths on Wreaths Day and raise funds for wreaths sponsorships.
Click here to sponsor a wreath at Woodland or to volunteer.
Cemetery Location Maps
You'll find locations for each of the cemeteries in our Parks Directory.
Below are Location maps:
Elm Grove Cemetery Map
Glendale Cemetery Maps
Laurel Hill Cemetery Maps
Oak Grove Cemetery Map
Sims Cemetery Map
Woodland and St. Ambrose Cemetery Map
The hours for visiting loved ones at the Des Moines Municipal Cemeteries are as follows:
- September-March, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- April-August, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The office is closed Sunday.
Few things in Des Moines are as old and contain more history than the grassy knolls and stately trees of Woodland Cemetery. The stories told by the monuments and headstones combine to form the history of the city as it has passed through civil and world wars, epidemics and natural disasters as well as the normal course of birth, life, and death. Passing through the narrow drives of the cemetery, you see stone etchings of the names of many citizens from our past who helped build Des Moines and are now a part of everyday life in our city's landscape, street and building names like Savery, Kenworthy, Ingersoll, Hubbell, Kaplan, Teachout, Fleur, Redhead, Polk, Sherman and Crocker.
In 1848, area farmers on the outskirts of the city donated the first 5½ acres for Woodland Cemetery; today it includes 65 acres. Woodland eventually became an often times forgotten part of the city's inner core, remembered only by neighboring residents, genealogists and distant relatives of the thousands of people buried in the park.
Archie Cook, a local historian/researcher/educator, provides Woodland Tours throughout the year. Check back in the spring for information about future walking tours.
Floral arrangement are available for purchase in our office. Purchases may also be made over the phone by credit card.
View floral arrangement gallery
We offer burial options to meet everyone's needs.
History of our Cemeteries
The City of Des Moines Rules and Regulations was updated June 2020.
Download Rules and Regulations for City of Des Moines Municipal Cemeteries
Our cemeteries offer a wide-range of volunteer opportunities.
You'll find information about current opportunities HERE.
Friends of Des Moines Parks
Woodland Restoration Project
Cemetery Picture Gallery
Here are some pictures of the City of Des Moines Cemeteries.