Fort Des Moines Park

Fort Des Moines Park
7200 SE 5th St,

Des Moines, IA 50315

Transformed from a historic Cavalry Post, Fort Des Moines Park now offers visitors an outdoor oasis surrounded by urban activities.

This 135-acre park features a rare stand of aspen trees, a native tree arboretum, outdoor classroom, 3-season shelter, and a 14-acre pond surrounded by a trail. Spend the day fishing, picnicking, hiking, or playing on our modern playground facilities. A volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and picnic shelters are a few other park amenities.


  • Arboretum
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching  
  • Picnicking
  • Playground near Shelter #2
  • Shelters
  • Nature Trails

Reservations for shelters can be made on-line at Prices can be found here.


Summer |6:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. | April 1 - October 31

Winter | Sunrise - Sunset | November 1 - March 31 

Unless Otherwise Posted 


Lakeside Trail: 1.1 miles | Difficulty: Easy

Savanna Loop Trail: 0.7 Miles | Difficulty: Easy

Prairie Trail: .0.5 Miles | Difficulty: Easy 


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Park Map

Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all trails within PCCB lands. The only exceptions are for maintenance, law enforcement, and emergency vehicles. This restriction does not apply to a manual-operated or power-driven device designed primarily for use by an individual with a mobility disability, e.g. wheel chair.