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RAGBRAI EVENT KICKS OFF IN SIOUX CITY ON JULY 19, 2015. : RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa) will begin in Sioux City on July 19. The event draws 10,000 bicyclists and spectators. Regular park visitors should be aware that the park could be very busy that day with the extra people associated with the bicycle event. Campers wishing to camp at Stone must reserve a campsite or register as a first-come, first-serve camper and pay the appropriate fees. All camping rules and regulations apply including a limit of six people per campsite and one camping unit per campsite or a maximum of two tents per campsite. If you have any questions regarding camping or the park, please call park staff at 712/255-4698. For more information about RAGBRAI, please visit RAGBRAI.com

Stone State Park, IA

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sat Oct 03 2015   Later Dates


Welcome to Stone State Park, located in the scenic Loess Hills of western Iowa. Although the park is located close to the creature comforts of Sioux City, you might be surprised at the extraordinary scenic beauty and abundant wildlife you can find in this rugged park. Stone State Park is on the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway. The byway passes through this unique land formation that's about 200 miles long.


You can explore the park on more than 15 miles of trails. Visitors can start with the self-guided Carolyn Benne Nature Trail. Several interpretive signs explain the natural history of the park. Bicyclists can explore a network of trails in the area. Road bicyclists can do a 17-mile loop with a combination of highways, city streets and paved city bike trails. Mountain bikers can enjoy the challenging 6 miles of dirt trails in the park. Hikers will enjoy exploring the park's 1,450 backcountry acres. Equestrians are welcome to bring their horses for a day of riding the park's 6 miles of multi-use trails. There are no overnight accommodations for equestrian riders.

Water Activities
Anglers will find excellent catfishing in the Big Sioux River flowing along the western border of the park. Kids might enjoy panfishing or learning about aquatic life from the shores of the two-acre Turtle Lake.


The campground has 30 sites and has a modern restroom and shower building. A large youth group campsite is available for chaperoned organized youth groups.

The camping cabins have heating and air conditioning but not sanitary facilities. The cabins are located near the campground and renters may use the shower building in the campground.

Two open shelters are available for reservations and are great locations for a family get together. There are picnic areas located throughout the park and many offer beautiful views of the Loess Hills and surrounding area. A day-use lodge may be reserved and is a perfect venue for weddings or family reunions.

Nature Center
The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center is located at 4500 Big Sioux River Road in the southwest corner of the park. The nature center features a variety of displays on the Loess Hills cultural and natural resources. The trails around the nature center will stretch your legs as you see many of the insects, plants and other wildlife that reside in the park.

Nearby Attractions:

The park is located in the northwest corner of Sioux City.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Jogging/Running
  • Modern Restroom
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Center
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • River
  • Showers
  • Skiing - Cross Country
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Town
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Cultural Activities
  • Hospital
  • Motel
  • Tennis
Alerts and Important Information
There are no overnight accommodations for equestrian riders.

State regulations require horses, mules and donkeys being transported interstate (from one state to another) must have a current Certification of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) and a negative Coggin's test (EIA). This paperwork must accompany the animal into the State of Iowa. Please refer to www.iowaagriculture.gov/animalindustry/horseadmissionregs.asp for more information. This law applies to equestrian camping, day-use and trail riding in any State owned Park or Forest.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.54861, -96.46667
42°32'55"N, 96°28'0"W

From Interstate 29, take exit 151, which is Hwy. 12 north. Go north on Hwy. 12 approximately 4 miles to the park entrance.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Stone State Park
5001 Talbot Road
Sioux City  IA  51103

Phone Number:

Information:  (712)255-4698