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Preparation Canyon State Park

5 Reviews

About This Campground

Ten hike-in camp sites, each with table and fireplace, are provided in the eastern half of the park. Registration for the isolated and secluded sites are obtained by self-registration at the east parking area. Camping Fees are to be paid at the registration area.


For Campers

  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles


    • Walk In
      Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
    • Hike In
      Hike a trail to your campsite


    5 Reviews of Preparation Canyon State Park

    Ratings Breakdown

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    Alison D.The Dyrt PRO User
    Reviewed Oct. 9, 2020

    Surprise find in Iowa!

    I stayed here on a long road trip across the country. Had no idea such a scenic place could be found in Iowa! I chose the closest walk-in spot, less than a mile in. It was great! Near a little creek if you need water, and really nicely secluded. Picnic table and fire ring included. Also, there’s a…

    Christopher S.The Dyrt PRO User
    Reviewed Jul. 29, 2020

    Unique, Must-See Landscape

    Continuing our tour of the best Backpacking parks in our great state of Iowa, my comrade and I spent 2 nights at Preparation Canyon State Park. Located directly adjacent to the Preparation Canyon Unit of Loess Hills State Forest; the flora, fauna, and geology of this park are amazing and unique to…

    Brian G.
    Reviewed Sep. 22, 2019

    Hidden Gem

    Beautiful place to enjoy the loess hills!


    Preparation Canyon State Park is located in Iowa


    41.8930607 N
    95.90796075 W

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