Parks & Trails

Photo by Liz Gordon

Explore more than 14,000 acres of parks, trails, prairies, woodlands, and wetlands! Located in the state's most populated county, Polk County Conservation manages 21+ parks, wildlife areas, and recreational trails. 


  • Summer Hours (April 1 -October 31) | 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    • The north side of Easter Lake Park is open sunrise to sunset year-round.
    • Fort Des Moines Park is open 8 a.m. to sunset year-round.
  • Winter Hours (November 1 - March 31) | Sunrise to sunset

Polk County Conservation Parks & Trails Area Map