The Des Moines area boasts one of the best trail networks in the nation. Celebrate all that this area has to offer by participating in one of several Trail Daze events that have been scheduled for the weekend of June 5-7, National Trails Weekend!

Des Moines River Water Trail Designation
Prospect Park, Des Moines
Friday, June 5, 5 p.m.
Kick off National Trails Weekend by celebrating the Des Moines River Water Trail official designation. Following a brief ceremony, paddle or drive the Historic River Bend Home for snacks and refreshments, then to Birdland Park, then to the John Anderson White Riverboat.
Prospect Park (1225 Prospect Rd., DSM) Sponsored by: Friends of Central Iowa Trails

Bike United Against Cancer Ride
Saturday, June 6, 7 a.m.
Ride either a 44-mile or 22-mile bike loop for cancer awareness. A $20 registration includes a t-shirt, breakfast in Water Works Park, lunch in Principal Park, and ticket to the I-Cubs game.
Begin at Water Works Park Sponsored by LiveStrong Army/DM & Cityview

Register at

Farmers' Market Bike Ride
Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m.
Ride to the Downtown Farmers Market from Ankeny or Clive. Meet at either Kyle‚s Bikes in Ankeny (1840 SW White Birch Circle) or at the Clive Aquatic Center (1801 NW 114th St.).
Sponsored by Des Moines Cycle Club.

More details through Dan Kruzic at or

Trails & Trills Ride
Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.
Enjoy live music up and down eight miles of the Raccoon River Valley Trail between Jefferson and Cooper.
Meet at Jefferson Depot Sponsored by Raccoon River Valley Trail Association
More details at

Marathon Prep Run or Walk
Saturday, June 6, 6 a.m.
Runners and walkers training for marathons and half marathons can take a 4 or 8 mile route.
Clive Trail & 86th St. (behind Grease Monkey) Sponsored by Team in Training/IA Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

More details from Kara Vannordstrand at or (515) 270-6169.

Iowa Geocachers Event
Saturday, June 6, 10:30 a.m.
Twenty caches will be hidden in Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines for a enjoyable day of geocaching. Bring food for grilling after the event. Sponsored by Iowa Geocachers.

More details by emailing

Canoe/Kayak Float
Saturday, June 6, 10:30 a.m.
Paddle from the Sycamore boat ramp to Prospect Park. Bring your own boat and lunch.

More details by emailing Bill Graham at

Rowing Novice Day
Saturday, June 6, 8-2 p.m.
Novice rowers are encouraged to learn rowing basics from members of the Des Moines Rowing Club. Meet at the steel building just west of Gray‚s Lake Beach.

For more details, contact Angela Price at

Family Skate
Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m.
Meet at B Bop's in Windsor Heights (1105-73rd) for a 6-8 mile family skate. Stick around for lunch or ice cream after the skate (at your expense).

More details by calling Quentin Huston at or (515) 288-8058.

Adult Skate
Saturday, June 6, 6 p.m.
Meet at Pal Joey‚s Lounge near 62nd and Grand in Des Moines for a 12-15 mile adult skate on the Walnut Creek Trail. Social afterward at Pal Joey's.

More details by calling Quentin Huston at or (515) 288-8058.

Volkssport Triathlon
Saturday, June 6, 8 a.m.
Meet at Valley View Park in West Des Moines for a casual triathlon (pool swim, trail bike, and walk) sponsored by the Greater Des Moines Volkssport Association and West Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Participants can complete one, two, or all three events.

Bird Walk
Sunday, June 7, 8 a.m.
Bring your binoculars and go on a bird walk with a trained interpreter.
Meet at Ashworth Pool parking lot in Greenwood Park. Hosted by Des Moines Audubon Society
More details by calling Jane Clark at or (515) 223-5047.

Sunday Greenbelt Run
Sunday, June 7, 8 a.m.
Out and back trail run (10 mile run) and adjourn for an hour of socializing after the run.
Clive Trail & 86th Street (behind Grease Monkey) Sponsored by Capital Striders Running Club

More details by calling Ed Bell at or (515) 223-5959.

Geocaching 101
Sunday, June 7, 10 a.m.

Learn about what these GPS devices and caches are all about. Loners will be provided.
Meet at Ashworth Pool in Greenwood Park (Des Moines) Sponsored by Iowa Geocachers.

More details from Scott Mills at

Bike Sunday School
Sunday, June 7 4 p.m.
Leisure ride and picnic to celebrate the French Trinity.
Meet at Gateway Market (MLK Pkwy. & Woodland Ave.)

More details from Mary Moore at or (515) 250-2796.