Des Moines West KOA

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Enjoy the small-town charm of Winterset, home of the "Bridges of Madison County" and John Wayne's birthplace

We are very excited to provide you and your family a memorable Iowa camping experience at the best rated Des Moines RV Park & Campground. If it's been years since you've camped at Des Moines West KOA, make it a point to stop back in to see all the new and exciting improvements, including 2 Dog Parks, Huge Jumping Pillow, Trampoline Basketball, Water Wars, Paddle Boats, Organized Weekend Kids Activities, Ladder Ball, Horseshoes, Peddle Cart Rentals, & Hunt Brother's Pizza. We promise you'll be pleasantly surprised. The park is nestled 1.5 miles north of I-80, off exit 106, amongst beautiful Iowa farm fields, in a peaceful rural setting, where the only thing you'll hear are the songbirds singing!

Des Moines West KOA welcomes you with a country charm that's certain to make you feel right at home! We offer all pull-through/full hook-up RV sites, camping cabins, deluxe cabins (lodges) and endless tent camping sites. Relax in your lawn chair, fish at the private stocked pond, splash in the heated pool or visit with your neighbor. Enjoy the small-town charm of Winterset - home of the Bridges of Madison County and John Wayne's birthplace. Experience all West Des Moines has to offer, with shopping malls, specialty/antique shops and restaurants galore!

Spend the day at Living History Farms in Urbandale to learn how Iowans lived and farmed in the 1800's. In Des Moines, tee off at one of the many golf courses, visit the new Pappajohn Sculpture Park, tour the gold-domed capital, visit the Science Center/IMAX Theater, Art Center, Blank Park Zoo and much more! Click here to see more local area attractions!  Your Host: Recreational Adventures Co.

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Campground Amenities

  • 50 Max Amp
  • 75' Max Length
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV
  • Pool (5/25 - 9/3)
  • Snack Bar ($)
  • Propane ($)
  • Kamping Kitchen
  • Fishing
  • Firewood ($)
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Ways to Stay

KOA Holiday

KOA Holiday Campgrounds

Whether you’re exploring the local area or hanging out at the campground, KOA Holidays are an ideal place to relax and play. There’s plenty to do, with amenities and services to make your stay memorable. Plus, you’ll enjoy the outdoor experience with upgraded RV Sites with KOA Patio® and Deluxe Cabins with full baths for camping in comfort. Bring your family, bring your friends, or bring the whole group – there’s plenty of ways to stay and explore.

KOA Holidays Feature:

  • RV Sites with a KOA Patio®
  • Deluxe Cabins with full baths
  • Premium Tent Sites
  • Group meeting facilities

Latest Hot Deal

VKR Appreciation Weekend

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WHEN: September 10-11, 2021

WHAT: Value Kard Rewards holders stay as a paying guest on Friday, September 10 at any participating KOA campground and get Saturday, September 11 for FREE*.

WHY: VKR Appreciation Weekend is designed exclusively for Value Kard Rewards holders to say thanks for your loyalty and for trusting your camping memories to us. On this late-summer weekend, we gather to celebrate friends, family and fun in the great outdoors we all adore.

*Only at participating KOA locations. Applies to one-site per a VKR account, for two consecutive nights at the same KOA. Sites may be limited. Not valid with other discounts.

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Local Area

Living History Farms

Discover American's agricultural heritage as you walk through three working farms - each with authentic crops and livestock. Learn how Native Americans began growing crops in Iowa at the 1700 Farm. See how early farmers opened the prairie with oxen at the 1850 Farm. Find out how the horse-power and cast-iron machines revolutionized agriculture at the 1900 Farm. In the 1875 town of Walnut Hill, join in the excitement of a bustling Iowa frontier town with 14 homes, shops and businesses. Visit Living History Farms online for more information.

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Bridges of Madison County

Visit the historic covered bridges, popularized by Robert James Waller's novel, "The Bridges of Madison County" and the feature film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood. Roseman Covered Bridge was built in 1883 across the Middle River, southwest of Winterset, Iowa. Visit The Bridges of Madison County online for more information.

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John Wayne Birthplace

While in Des Moines, you should check out the birthplace of an American Icon, John Wayne. See where life began for this world famous star. The four-roomed home built in 1880 has been brought back to its appearance of 1907. Here you can reminisce on the 'Duke's' life by viewing the memorabilia and photographs. Visit the gift shop and welcome center, too. The house is open for public tours.

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Iowa State Capitol

The Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines signifies the prodigious spirit of Iowa. Built between 1871 and 1886, this magnificent building represents, both inside and out one of the nation's finest examples of 19th century architecture. One of the most commanding features of the building is the towering dome constructed of steel and brick and is externally gilded with 23-karat gold leaf. Visit The State Capitol online for more information.

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