Posted by: Nathan | July 23, 2006

Pikes Peak (IA) and Effigy Mounds

J and I went with the Bowens up to the northern part of Iowa this weekend to check out and camp at Pikes Peak State Park and to visit Effigy Mounds National Monument–the only National Monument in the Hawkeye state. Instead of posting a lengthy written piece, here are some pics.The Mississippi River Valley from Pikes Peak State Park: the highest point in Iowa. Yeah, it was foggy and cloudy but beautiful. Later, we came back after it cleared up and saw the millions of stars and the Milky Way. The next morning, we got up early enough to see the rising sun take on the fog in the myriads of valleys and nooks. Breathtaking.

D and E at the high point.

The wife and me. Same place.

Bridal Veil Falls before the rain.Saturday, we headed north a ways and saw Effigy Mounds National Park. The sun was out and it was hot, but the hike up to these mounds wasn’t too bad. Effigy Mounds are burial mounds of dirt built by Native American tribes from 800-1200 a.d. No one knows what tribe(s) did this, but they’re pretty neat. In the below picture, the mounds are the unmowed areas–they sort of look like number 3’s. The shape is that many bears marching away from the camera. It’s hard to take pictures of.

This last photo has D, E, and J standing by a mound of an eagle.

It was a great time! We got back Saturday afternoon, exhausted but pleased with the trip. I’d recommend it to anyone in Iowa looking to get away for a bit. Plus, it’s dirt cheap.


  1. Looks like you guys had a great time. Good luck on the pre-moving week. Many prayers.

  2. Thanks for the pictures! Looks like a wonderful place to see.

  3. I just posted about the same area but my pictures are nowhere near as nice as yours. You really got some great pictures.

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