About Wildcat Den State Park

From the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s website:


Wildcat Den State Park is one of the most unique parks in Iowa, combining natural beauty and solitude, unique trails, and preservation of historical structures.

One major feature of Wildcat Den State Park is the trail system. Trails wind through a variety of terrain and lead to such fascinating sites as "Steamboat Rock," "Devil's Punch Bowl," and "Fat Man's Squeeze." The majestic cliffs are composed of 300-million-year-old sandstone and provide spectacular views for hikers.

Wildcat Den State Park is about 2.5 hours east of Des Moines.

Trip Itinerary

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  • Depart Des Moines at 4:00 pm. Dinner on the road.

  • Set up camp and basic camping skills.

  • Opening fire circle to meet each other.

  • 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 Wildcat Den’s awe-inspiring landscape on a 4-mile hike throughout the park. Learn basic map and orienteering skills, leave no-trace principles, trail safety tips, and identification of flora and fauna.

  • Enjoy a picnic lunch while on the hike.

  • Explore the Pine Creek Grist Mill.

  • Down time at the campsite. You can read a book, journal, take a nap, go for a creek walk, take another hike — it’s up to you!

  • Indulge in a delicious dinner, complete with dessert.

  • Fire circle and reflection time.


  • Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea around the fire while we cook up 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.

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

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

  • 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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