Weekly - Monday Night No Drop Dirt Ride

Join us weekly for a dirt tour of Center Trails.

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Offered when trail conditions are dry.  Check status.centraliowatrails.com for trail conditions. We will also post to our Facebook page with last-minute event updates. (https://www.facebook.com/centraliowatrails/)

March - August | Meet at the Rose Garden parking lot. BEHIND (west of) the Art Center at 4500 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312. We will depart from the Rose Garden at 6 p.m.

We used to depart from Orlondo’s on Park where the Monday Night No Drop Road Ride departed from but have migrated to leaving from the park. You may still start from Orlondo’s and meet us at the intersection of the Bill Riley Trail and Walnut Creek trail. This is the intersection along Walnut Creek just south of the tracks if you were riding south from Ashworth Pool. Meet at 6:15pm.


September - October | The road ride is in hibernation and the dirt crew will continue to meet as conditions warrant.

November - February | We are considering a fat-bike / winter schedule, but nothing concrete yet.


We tour Center Trails including J-11, Denman's Woods, Squirrel's Nest, and Rhythm. We may opt to ride Hillside/Rollercoaster in the event Denman's, etc. is closed.

It's a fantastic opportunity to learn your way around "back there" and explore the green heart of urban Des Moines.

Afterwards, plan to stick around and hang out for drinks at places like Confluence, 515 Brewing, or local watering holes on Ingersoll.

  • Dirt capable bike and helmet required.

  • All skill levels are welcome.

  • Riders will wait and re-group at the end of each trail segment.

  • We aim to avg ~7-10mph

  • To meet our time/pace, we may opt to not ride a trail segment.

    Ground Rules (adapted from the road ride rules):
    1. First and foremost, we are here to build a community of skilled cyclists. Be willing to mentor and learn.
    2. We do full regroups at each designated spot waiting for sweeper(s).
    3. When on the road and paved trails, obey all road/trail rules. Never cross the center lines.

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