Iowa State Fairgrounds

County Park

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1205 East 33rd Street Des Moines, IA 50317 515-262-3111 Official Website

GPS: 41.599, -93.551

Last Price Paid: $28
Pad Type: grass
Elevation: 846 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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Ratings Summary

Site Quality

Cell Phone Coverage

Verizon 4G/LTE
Nightly rate: $28
Days stayed: 3

Liz & Jake would stay here again


Reviewed May 14, 2018

Overall Rating

Heads up: this place is rolly. Rolling hills. Rolling grass in the breeze. You could physically roll down slopes to entertain yourself.

A plethora of FHU (30A or 50A depending on the site you choose) spread amongst several acres of grassy land. The very nice park hosts gave us the quick run down: "if you stay over here, you can have 50A but no city view. If you stay up front there, you can have 30A and a city view". They didn't not mention that if you stay up front there is little chance you will get yourself level - but pros and cons.

We chose to stay 'up front' (near the main campground entrance through the fair area) and we were happy with our choice - although setting our big butts into a level stance was not in the cars (we got most of our 'bubble' in the little circle..) The view of the city at night is very nice. If you have a bigger rig and use levelers, they will sink into the ground. If you use blocks, your levelers will likely push them into the ground too. Bring a shovel.

Good water pressure. Park staff who never stop mowing the grass. Plenty of room to 'spread out' if you choose to be away from other rigs. Bathrooms available, although we didn't explore them.

Not noisy, but not 'quiet' either. There is the consistent hum of traffic, and during the day: mowing.

We were told by campground hosts that the park is typically sparsely used save for the weeks of the Fair, and the 4th of July (they have fireworks). While most of the season the park is 1st come, First serve, the park hosts mentioned they will take reservations for those time periods. The campground hosts also popped by to warn us to lock up our bikes - they've had some issues in the past.

Getting into the park can be a bit tricky depending on if there is an event going on at the grounds. If you are at all concerned about driving the perimeter of the fairgrounds to find what gate is open, just call the hosts ahead of time. They'll let you know what is up.

Site Quality
Verizon 4G/LTE

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Des Moines, IA – The Adventures of Liz & Jake

Disclaimer: This blog was written at a significant delay (October 2018). As in, the delay was so significant, that I don’t feel that I can accurately represent our time at this location in story form....

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  • water
  • dry camping
  • sewer
  • Full Hookups
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • pull thru
  • dump station
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • pets


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