Featured Trail - Chichaqua Valley Trail

Just outside the Des Moines metro, this asphalt trail takes cyclists on a 20 mile ride through a wooded greenbelt corridor from Bondurant to Baxter.

Trail Trivia

Photo Courtesy: rits.org

Photo Courtesy: rits.org

  • A wooden caboose from 1913  filled with artifacts from the community greets you at the trailhead in Baxter.  
  • The trail crosses the forested banks and bottomlands of the Skunk River, originally called Chichaqua by the Fox Indians.
  • Riders cross stone bridges dating from 1885 built by Wisconsin, Iowa & Nebraska Railroad line.
  • The trailside town of Valeria exists thanks to a romance between a farmer’s daughter (Edna Valeria) and a railroad engineer.

Trail Resources


Jasper County Conservation

Trail Events

  • Friday Night Bikes - This party ride takes place every Friday night through September.  For details visit Bike Iowa.   
  • Biking Bondu - In it’s 7th year, this group ride is scheduled for June 21st to benefit the development of the Bondurant Regional Trailhead.  The ride starts with a pancake breakfast at the Bondurant fire station.  To register visit the group's Facebook page.