Sledding Fun in Des Moines, Iowa 

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Sledding Fun in Des Moines, Iowa 

Warmer months are out! When the snow falls in Des Moines, it comes in full force! One of our family’s favorite winter activities during the Winter months is sledding. Grab the snow tubes or sled and find the best sledding hill in Des Moines. But, where is the best place to sled in the Des Moines metro? There are plenty of options. We have gathered a list of great hills that are excellent options for the whole family. Grab the snow pants and hand warmers and check out these popular sledding hills one winter weekend. 

Note: Several of these spots only allow sledding if there is a minimum number of inches of snow on the ground, so always check their social media and/or call before heading over. All of these spots are broken down by Des Moines communities. All of these spots are added to the interactive map if you want to see what is closest to you.

Take a look at some of our other fun roundups for winter fun in the Des Moines area: 


  • Ironwood Park aka The Pirate Ship Park – 2222 3rd Ave SW, Altoona, IA 50009 
  • Lions Park – 507 13th Ave SW, Altoona, IA 50009


  • Otter Creek Golf Course –  4100 NE Otter Creek Drive, Ankeny, Iowa
  • Northcreek Park – Corner of NW 13th Street and, NW Irvinedale Dr, Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Summerbrook Park – 1009 SE 8th St, Ankeny, IA 50021


  • Seven Oaks Recreation – 50131 1086 222nd Drive, Boone, Iowa
    • A go-to for all winter sports operations including snowboarding, snow tubing, full snow-based skiing, and more. A great place to host winter birthday parties. Learn more here


  • Mercy West Clinic – 1601 NW 114th St, Clive, Iowa
  • Campbell Recreation Area – 12385 Woodlands Pkwy, Clive, IA 50325
  • Country Club Glen Park – 16335 Sheridan Ave, Clive, IA 50325

Dallas Center

  • The Brenton Arboretum – 25141 260th St, Dallas Center, IA 50063

Des Moines

  • Capitol Hill – 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Perkins Elementary School – 4301 College Ave, Des Moines, Iowa – (This park has been noted with smaller hills perfect for toddlers!)
  • Sleepy Hollow Sports Park – 4051 Dean Ave, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Bright Grandview Golf Course and Waveland Golf Course – 4908 University Ave, Des Moines, Iowa – (The hottest spot on a snow day! Add this to your winter sledding bucket list.)
  • Ewing Park – 5300 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320
  • Fairmont Park – 2520 E Hull Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Grandview Park – 3230 Easton Blvd, Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Greenwood Park – 4500 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312 – (Near the Des Moines Art Center) 
  • MacRae Park – 1021 Davis Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315
  • Union Park – 725 Thompson Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 

Jester Park

Address: 12130 NW 128th St · Granger, IA 50109

If you have been a follower of Des Moines Parent for awhile you know how much we love Jester Park! Polk County Conservation does a wonderful job offering events and winter activities during the winter season including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more. 


  • Beaver Creek Elementary School – 8701 Lyndhurst Drive, Johnston, Iowa
  • Pointe Vista Park – 9612 Enfield Drive Johnston, Iowa


  • Metro Ice Sports Arena –  5100 NW 72nd St, Urbandale, Iowa
  • Winter Park – 5100 NW 72nd St, Urbandale, IA 50322


  • Centennial Park – 1255 Warrior Lane, Waukee, Iowa 50263

West Des Moines

  • Jordan Creek Elementary –  4501 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, Iowa 
  • Pearson Park – 1256 19th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Southwoods Park – 350 S 35th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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