Pikes Peak State Park RV & Campground Guide

Iowa

Pikes Peak State Park

near McGregor, Iowa, offers some of the most amazing natural landmarks in the Hawkeye State. Located on the western banks of the Mississippi River, this recreation area boasts miles of trails that lead to breathtaking views of waterfalls and scenery from bluffs. Fossils and Native American mounds that date from the Woodland era are common in the park. The towns of Marquette and Giard, as well as Prairie du Chien just over the border in Wisconsin, are nearby for dining, shopping, and local attractions.

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Weather
Spring 24-71 F
Summer 57-84 F
Fall 27-74 F
Winter 8-32 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Pikes Peak State Park

The most relaxing way to visit Pikes Peak State Park is by RV. Since there's a campground within the park, you can set up a home base right in the heart of the action.

If you don't have a trailer or motorhome, consider getting a rental through RVshare. You can search for the perfect type and size of camper that will comfortably fit your family and essentials. RVshare also offers 24/7 roadside assistance and nation-wide insurance coverage, which brings peace-of-mind while traveling. 

Pikes Peak State Park Campground

The Pikes Peak State Park campground has 70 sites for tents or RVs with 20/30/50 amp electric and non-electric options. Guests can enjoy hiking, bird watching, biking, fossil hunting, boating, and more. The campground is open all year, with nightly rates ranging from $11 to $16.

  • Water hookup: No
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wi-Fi: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Modern restrooms and showers, snack bar, picnic shelter, dump station, firewood available, central water spigot

Spook Cave Campground

In the town of McGregor, the Spook Cave Campground brings a unique camping experience with full hookup sites for RVers. The campground is known for trout fishing and boat tours through the cave from May to October. Rates start at $33-$48 nightly.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Showers, restrooms, gift shop, playground, volleyball, hiking trails, propane fill station, swimming, golf cart rental

Sports Unlimited Campground

The Sports Unlimited Campground in nearby Prairie du Chien brings a resort atmosphere to your camping adventure. Amenities include golf, volleyball, mini-golf, and more. Fifty full hookup sites for overnight RVers with nightly rates range from $35-$55.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Laundry, showers, fire pits, dump station, two pools, restaurant, marina, pool

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What to Do at
Pikes Peak State Park

Inside Pikes Peak State Park

Visitors can experience the Mississippi River's stunning views from many vantage points and bluffs inside Pikes Peak State Park. Over 11 miles of trails meander through the area. You may want to consider hiking to Bridal Veil Falls or Point Ann, where the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers converge. Other activities such as boating, fishing, geocaching, biking, and fossil hunting are popular among guests.

Outside Pikes Peak State Park

The area around Pikes Peak State Park offers an abundance of outdoor activities and museums, shopping, and dining establishments to enjoy. While you may be about three hours from Des Moines, the area doesn't seem quite so remote. In particular, McGregor and Prairie du Chien have several establishments. 

Restaurants

Cafe McGregor

Enjoy a great breakfast, brunch, or lunch menu for both kids and adults with a homestyle yet upscale flair. Try the burgers or sandwiches to satisfy the appetite while taking in the eclectic decor.

Type: American, Cafe

Location: 211 Main St, McGregor, IA 52157

Jones' Black Angus

Dinner at this steakhouse features the areas best cuts of beef along with delicious seafood entrees. A casual atmosphere and friendly staff are ready to welcome you.

Type: American, Steakhouse

Location: 37640 US Highway 18, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

White Springs Supper Club

This restaurant was recently reopened by the late owner's grandchildren, bringing back favorite recipes like the catfish and homemade onion. Open for lunch and dinner Thursday through Sunday, with Sunday morning brunch.

Type: American

Location: 30165 Klein Brewery Rd, McGregor, IA 52157

Maggie's Diner

Open daily for breakfast and lunch, with Friday dinner, this restaurant is full of tasty menu items. Try the hash browns at breakfast, or the Friday night fish fry.

Type: American, Diner

Location: 28534 Highway 18, McGregor, IA 52157

Fort Mulligan's Grillpub

Open for lunch and dinner; this pub is known for its fajitas and burgers, along with pasta, seafood, and kids' menu. The pub building dates from 1855 and built from materials recycled from Fort Crawford.

Type: American, Grill, Pub

Location: 214 W Blackhawk Ave, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Shopping

Paper Moon

A "must-see" in downtown McGregor, this three-story shop offers new books, children's toys, unique gifts, jewelry, housewares, toiletries, and so much more. 

Location: 206 A Street, McGregor, IA 52157

By The Spoonful

This gourmet food and coffee shop showcases local meats, bacon, and over 30 flavors of brats that are just waiting for the grill. Beer, wine, or unique dips and sauces complete your order.

Location: 221 Main St, McGregor, IA 52157

McGregor Mercantile

Pop into this quaint shop to find unique gifts and home decor, including candles, pictures, beauty products, art, specialty snacks, toys, patio furniture, and more.

Location: 258 Main St, McGregor, IA 52157

Rivertown Fine Books

This antiquarian bookstore displays over 40,000 options that include rare and collectible titles. The historical decor and knowledgeable and friendly staff add to the charm.

Location: 148 Main St, McGregor, IA 52157

The Planted Tree

Inside this 1800's building, find the artwork of local artisans mixed with primitive decor and antiques. Browse the jewelry, stained glass, pottery, wood crafts, fiber art, original canvases, and prints.

Location: 200 W Blackhawk Ave, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Sightseeing

Effigy Mounds National Monument

This monument preserves over 200 mounds formed by Native Americans. Some mounds take the shape of animals and are thought to be created for ceremonial purposes. Visitors can enjoy the Fire Point Trail, where you can spot over 20 mounds within the stunning scenery.

Location: 151 Hwy 76, Harpers Ferry, IA 52146

McGregor History Museum

Learn the local history of this old Iowa town that includes exhibits about the Ringling Bros. Circus, Native American culture, the famous Andrew Clemens sand art, and Mississippi River stories.

Location: 256 Main St, McGregor, IA 52157

Froelich Foundation Museum

This specialty museum focuses on the history of the first farm tractors that led to the John Deere company's formation. The docent brings the Froelich story to life and explains the many displays and exhibits clearly. Kids are encouraged to get hands-on and don't miss the schoolhouse and blacksmith shop.

Location: 24397 Froelich Rd, McGregor, IA 52157

Villa Louis

Take a walking tour at this Victorian house that features historical relics from the area. Artifacts from the War of 1812 are on display, and the gift shop offers local souvenirs.

Location: 521 N Villa Louis Rd, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Fort Crawford Museum

Take a fun and fact-filled self-guided tour through the area's military and medical history through the many exhibits displayed throughout the three buildings on the property. 

Location: 717 S Beaumont Rd, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

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How to Get to
Pikes Peak State Park

From the south, take Hwy 52 North then go right onto East Van Buren Street. Continue to Clayton Road, then go north on County Road X-56/Great River Road. Travel several miles and take a right onto Pikes Peak Road. The park entrance is on the left.

From the north, follow Hwy 18 to 1st Street/River Street in Marquette, then travel south, which becomes Main Street in McGregor. Continue south to the end and take County Road X-56 south. Travel about three miles to the entrance to the park.

Entering Pikes Peak State Park

Pikes Peak State Park is open year-round, with most activities and visitor center operational from May through October. Hours are from 4:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily.

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