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Trails

trailsThe trail system continues to be one of the most popular amenities in the park system. Recent counts indicate users take over 1 million trail trips each year. With 63 miles of paved and 18 miles of soft trails, there is something and some way for everyone to get out and be active - from mountain bikers to runners and walkers of all ages. Trails are not just for exercise; numerous riders utilize trails for their daily commute, year-round. The network in Des Moines serves as a nucleus for the state, with connectivity to over 550 miles in Central Iowa.  

Trail Information

Paved Trail Maps
Access the most current versions of Central Iowa Trail Maps, provided by the Des Moines Bike Collective.  This map provides a mileage map of trails around Des Moines.
Nature Trail Maps
  • Des Moines has over 18 miles of sustainable shared "singletrack" dirt trails for mountain biking, running, hiking, and exploring.
  • The trails are maintained with the help of The Central Iowa Trail Association (CITA). 
  • For more information visit: www.centraliowatrails.com
  • Locations:
    • Ewing Park - 5300 Indianola Road
    • Grandview Park - 3230 Easton Boulevard 
    • Greenwood Park - 4500 Grand Avenue 
Trail Closure Updates
Check the Road and Trail Closures map to see which trails may be closed.

“Know before You Go” with our text message notification service.  Text DSMTRAILS to 84483 to receive trail updates from Des Moines Parks and Recreation.
National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project

Each year the City of Des Moines participates in the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project to assess trail use in our community.  Volunteer!!

We need hundreds of volunteers to assist with counting and surveying trail users. All supplies and training are provided. This is a great volunteer event to sign-up with a partner/friend and give back to our community together!

Volunteers can earn $10 as Bike Ped Bucks (good for admissions, activities, memberships, facility/equipment rental and more!) as a thank you OR sign-up for multiple shifts and receive a FREE Mayor's Annual Ride and Run registration.

Look for the announcement of 2019 dates soon.

Links to 2018 Data
Bike Ped Count results
Bike Ped Annual Uses Chart
Bike Ped Survey Responses
Bike Ped Location List and Map
National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project Home 

Questions
  • For project-specific information, please contact Colby Fangman, Park Planner at (515) 248-6357 or cjfangman@dmgov.org. 
  • For volunteering related questions, please contact Callie Leau-Courtright at (515) 248-6380 or parksvolunteer@dmgov.org.