General Campground Information

Winter Camping Information

We are excited announce that we are NOW OPEN ALL YEAR!

If you plan to stay with us during the winter months please keep in mind that Iowa weather can be unpredictable. Please be prepared for ice and snow, and extremely cold temperatures when camping. Check the weather conditions before your trip. Be prepared by having an insulated/heat-taped water hose and insulated under-belly of your RV.

Please read the following information regarding winter camping at the Des Moines West KOA to make sure you have a great stay:
-We offer 30, Full Hook-up 50/30amp RV sites and 4 One-Room Camping Cabins during the winter months.
-There are directions on the front door of the office to help you find your welcome packet and site map.
-Our main office building will be closed from November 1st - March 31st. If you need anything during your stay please text 515-750-2181.
-Our laundry room and bathhouse will be OPEN 24 hours a day.
-You can make your reservations online or by calling 1-800-562-2181.
Here is a link to some winter camping tips and tricks:

Check-In & Check-Out Times

Check-In for RV & Tent Sites = 1:00pm
Check-In for Cabins = 3:00pm

Check-Out Time = 11:00am

Hunts Brothers Pizza and Wings

Enjoy fresh toppings of your choice on either thin crust or hand tossed crust delivered right to your site. If pizza isn't your thing, we have bone-in wings and boneless wings, as well.

Firewood Policy

We value the trees we have on our property, so our preference would be that you use our pre-dried and bundled firewood when you arrive on-site.

Pool Hours

May 1, 2024 - September 15, 2024 9:00am - Dusk

Quiet Hours

Our quiet hours are from 10pm - 7am. We encourage everyone to be respectful of their neighbors. Obviously sitting around the campfire late into the night is one of the best memories from camping, so enjoy yourselves...quietly after 10pm.

Visitor Policy

In an effort to prevent over-crowding on the facility we have made the following updates to our visitor policy. If you are planning on visiting someone staying at the campground please stop by the office and register your vehicle and each additional person visiting. The maximum amount of people allowed on our RV, Deluxe Cabin, or Tent sites is 6 people. The maximum amount of people allowed on our 1-Room Kamping Kabins and Glamping Tents is 4 people. This maximum amount of people includes both the people who have reserved the site and the people coming to visit. Any additional people that want to visit will have to reserve their own campsite in order to be on property. Our visitor hours go until 10pm of the day of the visit. Each site will only allow up to 2 vehicles. Any additional cars will not be allowed to park on the campground and will have to find somewhere else in the area to park. Every vehicle will be asked to check-in at the office to register their vehicle and people and receive a car tag for their visit. Please plan ahead if you are expecting visitors and call us if you have any questions. 
Visitor Fees are $7.00 per person regardless of age.

Meet Your Hosts

Michael Akey, General Manager

Overnight Big Rigs Love Us! Families & Weekenders Enjoy Us! Camping in Des Moines, Iowa has never been so good!

Recreational Adventures Co., the largest franchisee of KOA Campgrounds, is committed to providing our guests a fun and quality outdoor experience through superb customer service and family-fun amenities.  RAC understands that our guests expect and deserve more than time away from home.  By promoting and protecting our collective history, cultural heritage and rich natural environment, RAC creates recreational adventures.  General Manager, Michael Akey, assumed his position as General Manager on September 28, 2020.  Michael began his managerial experience co-managing the Wilmington KOA Campground in Wilmington, NC and as the Maintenance Manager at the Leavenworth/Pine Village KOA in Leavenworth, Washington. Michael and his staff are committed to helping you enjoy the best camping experience possible. He looks forward to meeting you and your family on your next visit to Des Moines.