Winter 2020: The Best Sledding Hills in the Des Moines Area

Winter 2020: The Best Sledding Hills in the Des Moines Area

The best thing about a snow day is, of course, sledding! Once, it snows, hit one of these neighborhood hills across the Des Moines metro for some wintertime fun with the kids.

Safety First!  Here’s a few sledding safety tips from the National Safety Council.

If you are planning on taking the kids to the local hill, don’t just drop them off, especially if they’re under age 10. Stick around while they sled, make sure all sledders wear a helmet – sledding injuries often include skull fractures – and be sure to share these important guidelines with them so they can enjoy sledding safely.

  • Make sure all equipment is in good condition, free of sharp edges and cracks
  • Sled on spacious, gently sloping hills with a level run-off at the end so the sled can safely stop
  • Check slopes for bare spots, holes and obstructions, such as fences, rocks, poles or trees
  • Do not sled on or around frozen lakes, streams or ponds
  • Riders should sit or lay on their back on top of the sled with feet pointing downhill; never sled head first
  • Dress warmly, and wear thick gloves or mittens and heavy boots to protect against frostbite and injury

Here’s where you can go sledding in Des Moines:


Ironwood Park

Where: 2222 3rd Avenue SW; Altoona, IA 50009
Phone: (515) 967-5203

Lions Park

Where: 507 13th Avenue SW; Altoona, IA 50009
Phone: (515) 967-5136


Northcreek Park

Where:  2301 W 1st Street; Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 963-3570

Otter Creek Golf Course

Where: 4100 NE Otter Creek Drive; Ankeny, IA 50021
Phone: (515) 965-6464

Summerbrook Park

Where: 1009 SE 8th Street; Ankeny, IA 50021
Phone: (515) 963-3570


Campbell Park

Where: 12385 Woodlands Parkway; Clive, IA 50325
Phone: (515) 223-6220

Country Club Glen Park

Where: 16335 Sheridan Avenue; Clive, IA 50325
Phone: (515) 223-6220

Mercy West Clinic

Where: 1601 NW 114th Street; Clive, IA 50325

Dallas Center

Brenton Arboretum

Where: 25141 260th St, Dallas Center, IA 50063
Phone: (515) 992-4211

Winter 2020: 26 Great Sledding Hills in Des Moines –

Des Moines

Blank Golf Course

Where: 808 County Line Road; Des Moines, IA 50321
Phone: (515) 248-6300

Bright – Grandview Golf Course

Where: 2401 E 29th Street; Des Moines, IA 50317
Phone: (515) 248-6301

Capitol Hill

Where: 1111 East Court Avenue; Des Moines, IA

Ewing Park

Where: 5300 Indianola Avenue; Des Moines, IA 50320
Phone: (515) 237-1386

Greenwood Park

Where: 4500 Grand Avenue; Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 237-1386

MacRae Park

Where: 1021 Davis Avenue; Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: (515) 237-1386

Union Park

Where:  725 Thompson Avenue; Des Moines, IA
Phone: (515) 237-1386

Waveland Golf Course

Where: 4908 University Avenue; Des Moines, IA 50311
Phone: (515) 248-6302


Beavercreek Elementary

Where:  8701 Lyndhurst Drive; Johnston, IA 50131

Pointe Vista Park

Where: 9612 Enfield Drive; Johnston, IA 50131
Phone: (515) 727-8091

Pleasant Hill

Doanes Park

Where: 5050 Doanes Park Road; Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
Phone: (515) 262-9368


Metro Ice Sports Arena

Where: 5100 NW 72nd Street; Urbandale, IA 50322

Winter Park

Where: 5110 72nd Street; Urbandale, IA 50322
Phone: (515) 278-3963


Centennial Park

Where: 1255 Warrior Lane; Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone: (515) 978-0007

Warrior Park

Where: 1050 4th Street, Waukee, Iowa 50263
Phone: (515) 978-0007

West Des Moines

Jordan Creek Elementary

Where: 4501 Fuller Road; West Des Moines, IA

Pearson Park

Where: 1256 19th Street; West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: (515) 222-3444

Southwoods Park

Where: 350 S. 35th Street; West Des Moines, IA 50265
Phone: (515) 222-3444



Where’s your family’s favorite sledding hill in the Des Moines area?

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