We are an Iowa non-profit, 501(c)(3), land trust dedicated to conserving and protecting Iowa's natural resources and engaging the public with the environment through outdoor recreation and education.
A NEW website is currently under construction. For the latest trail conditions visit our Facebook page. For information on upcoming events, including the fishing derby and Trail Building School, visit the events page.
First New Mountain Biking and Hiking Trails now open. Construction on Horse Trails has begun.
Trail construction has begun and you will be able to enjoy new trails as soon as they are completed. For the latest trail conditions visit our Facebook page.
Your Iowa Vacation Starts Here
Now is a great time to schedule a
weekend, a whole week, or simply an afternoon trip to Whiterock Conservancy.
We offer a variety of lodging options great for gathering with family, a
couples get away or just some quiet time for yourself.
Spend a night in the comfortable, individual rooms in the historic Garst
Farmhouse, the home of Roswell and Elizabeth Garst. Or choose to rent one of
our country cottages with comfortable beds and full kitchens. We also have
campground options, ranging from remote, primitive areas to RV and
See all the accommodation options and make a reservation online.
New Visitor's Center and Event Space for Rent
Renovations are almost complete on the Bur Oak Visitor's Center. The former meeting space has been converted to Whiterock Conservancy offices and a new reception desk that can accommodate guests checking in, renting equipment and learning more about the conservancy. The open air covered picnic area has been enclosed with large windows, temperature and wind control, and a soon to be inviting wood burning stove. The space can seat 60 and is perfect for small reception, meetings, and office retreats surrounded by the beautiful views.
Whiterock Conservancy Map
Here is a map so you can visualize our lands and how to find your way when visiting us. We also post maps at several trail heads.
Please help Whiterock Conservancy by providing a tax deductible donation. We are a non-profit land trust and rely on contributions like yours to continue the mission. THANK YOU!
Sign up to learn more about volunteer opportunities. We have land steward programs, prairie burns, photography opportunities, mowing, landscaping, soft trail construction, gardening, fencing, building repairs, catalog and tag photos in our photo archive, and more. If you or someone you know may be interested please let us know how you want to help Whiterock Conservancy.
Driving Directions to Whiterock Conservancy Headquarters
Arriving from Des Moines: Whiterock is about 70 miles from Des Moines; trip takes about 1 1/4 hours. From I-35/I-80 on the NW corner of Des Moines, exit onto Hwy 141 towards Perry. Drive through Perry, Bagley, and Bayard on Hwy 141. Whiterock Conservancy is 6 miles west of Bayard on Hwy 141.
Arriving from Omaha: Whiterock is about 100 miles from Omaha; trip takes about 2 hours. Take I-80 east to Hwy 71 Atlantic/Audubon exit. Go north on Hwy 71, through Audubon, to Hwy 141. Turn east (right) and drive through Dedham and Coon Rapids. Whiterock is located 1/2 mile east of the convenience store in Coon Rapids on the south side of Hwy 141.
Arriving from Ames: Whiterock is about 65 miles from Ames; trip takes about 1 1/4 hours. From I-35 in Ames, go west on Hwy 30. Turn south (left) onto Hwy 25 at Scranton. Turn west (right) on Hwy 141 at Bayard. Whiterock is 6 miles west of Bayard, on Hwy 141.
1390 Highway 141, Coon Rapids, IA 50058 | 712-684-2697 Whiterock Conservancy, a private, 501(c)(3) land trust, providing sustainable agriculture, conservation, outdoor activities and recreation and environmental education.