5 Spots for Sledding in Iowa

Now that winter is a month away, it is the perfect time to dust off our sleds and warm them up for the hottest spots for sledding in Iowa. Here are top destinations to sleigh all day.

Mt. Crescent Ski Area

Honey Creek

Aside from its snowboarding and skiing trails, Mt. Crescent is famous for its wide ranges and enormous slopes (each being the length of three football fields). The range is open to the public, and even provides scenic lifts to help guests make their way back up the long hills. Post-adventure, stop by the Swiss-style lodge with café or relax by the firepit and roast marshmallows.

Hoover Elementary School

Iowa City

Though closed when the school is in session, Hoover Elementary School’s grounds are a favorite in its community in Iowa City for sledding. Its hills are just right for a short thrill for little ones, and easy enough for them to make their way back up on their own.  

Happy Hollow Park

Iowa City

For those looking for a thrill without leaving the city, Happy Hollow Park is perfect for sledding in Iowa. The hidden destination shoots you down a short-but-steep ride through dense trees and terrain. The hill is fast-paced and located next to a busy street, so this area might not be best for wandering little ones. 


Bright Grandview Golf Course

Des Moines

With thrilling twists and turns, tall hills and lots of wide-open spaces to slide around, Bright Grandview Golf Course makes for the perfect sledding destination for thrill-seekers. The sledding spot is free to the public and is located in Des Moines, on 29th Street and Guthrie Avenue.

Capital Hill

Des Moines

A top spot for sledders every snowfall is Capitol Hill in Des Moines. With multiple hills varying in size, Capital Hill is the perfect area for beginners and guests of all ages. Sledding is free, open to the public and located off of East Court Avenue. 

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