About Whiterock Conservancy

From Whiterock Conservancy’s website:

Whiterock Conservancy was formed 10 years ago to manage one of the largest land gifts in the history of Iowa generously given by the Garst family. Today it stewards 5,500 acres along the scenic Middle Raccoon River Valley near Coon Rapids, Iowa. The gorgeous Whiterock landscape that attracts visitors from all over the state, region, and nation is a mix of savannas, rolling pastures, native and restored prairies, wetlands, riverside bluffs, fishing ponds, crop ground, and unique historic, geologic, and archaeological sites.

Whiterock is located about one hour northwest of Des Moines.

Trip Itinerary


  • Depart Des Moines at 5:00 pm. Dinner on the road.

  • Set up camp at 805 River Cabin, a beautiful secluded area between a spring-fed pond and the Middle Raccoon River.

  • Opening fire circle.

  • Relax! Enjoy some snacks (gourmet s’mores!), drinks, and conversations around the campfire. Then crawl into your cozy tent for some well-deserved rest.


  • Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea around the fire while we cook a healthy and filling breakfast for you to enjoy.

  • Explore Whiterock’s eclectic landscape on a 4.6-mile hike on the Long Creek Trail. Learn basic map and orienteering skills, trail safety tips, and identification of flora and fauna.

  • Enjoy a picnic lunch while on the hike.

  • Down time at the campsite. You can read a book, journal, take a nap, throw a fishing pole in the pond (we’ll bring poles for you), take another hike — it’s up to you!

  • Indulge in a delicious dinner, complete with dessert.

  • Fire circle and reflection time.

  • Stargazing at Whiterock’s renowned starfield, home to Iowa’s darkest skies!


  • Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea around the fire while we cook a healthy and filling breakfast for you to enjoy.

  • Break down camp and a presentation on planning your own camping trip.

  • Return home.

Your Investment


Trip fee includes

  • Delicious meals cooked for you from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, including snacks, dessert, wine, tea, and coffee.

  • Park admission and campsite fees.

  • Tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and camp chairs.

  • Guided, hands-on outdoor skills instruction and facilitation from our experienced guides.

  • A Wander Women tote bag filled with goodies for you to enjoy after the trip.

  • Membership in our private Facebook group and exclusive access to Wander Women day hikes, happy hours, and other special events.

  • 1% of every trip purchase will be donated to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation to help them fund future endeavors across the state of Iowa

We want our trips to be accessible to all women. Please contact hello@wanderwomeniowa.com to learn more about payment plans and alternative pricing plans.

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