The trails are open to all users. We will post if they become too wet for riding. Please do not ride on wet trails.


Cottages & Rooms

From a private room in the historic five bedroom Garst Farmhouse to the large Oakridge Farmhouse, Whiterock Conservancy offers modern accommodations fit for a romantic get-away for two or a large family reunion. Explore all of our options and make a reservation online anytime. Or, if you would like a little more guidance in picking the right accommodations for you, feel free to contact our guest services office for assistance.

1390 Hwy 141, Coon Rapids, Iowa 50058

GarstFarmhouseGuestsSite of the 1959 Khrushchev visit and former home of Roswell & Elizabeth Garst, this inviting 5 bedroom farmhouse is on the National Register of Historic Places. The communal living room, dining room, and kitchen include a collection of artifacts, photos, books and films guests are welcome to view and enjoy. Subject to occupancy, guests may visit each of the individual rooms which are full of antiques and historical photographs.

Yard and garden features include outdoor seating and picnic areas, charcoal grill, shade trees, and flower garden. Fishing pond, a bonfire tree and trails are just a few steps away. The main pond has recently been fully revitalized and restocked and has a wheelchair accessible pier and can be reached by vehicle. Buffalo are pastured nearby and are fun and easy to watch.

Stay includes a complimentary self-serve continental breakfast, TV, DVD and wireless internet in all rooms.

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Roswell Suite
RoswellSuiteA great room for couples! Premiere destination on the second floor decorated in theme of Roswell Garst’s life. Includes a king bed, private bath complete with bath tub, reading chairs, dressers and closet for storage, TV and a beautiful view with windows facing three different directions. $105 per night

Garden Terrace

GardenTerraceRoomThis comfortable flora and fauna themed room on the main floor has a private Garden Terrace access. Includes queen bed and private bath (shower only), reading chair, dresser and TV. $85 per night.

Harvest Room
HarvestRoomA homey, country feeling room showcasing agricultural history and located on the main floor. Includes queen bed, private bath, reading chair, side stand, dresser and TV. Handicap accessible with a wheelchair access bathroom; small step into the shower with a fold down shower seat. $85 per night

Elizabeth’s Loft
ElizabethLoftA sweetly, comfortably decorated room on second floor featuring photos of Elizabeth Garst’s life and travels. Includes queen bed, reading chair, desk and vanity, closet and TV. Showcases a clever use of built-in furniture. Windows on three sides allows for great views. Shares a spacious hallway bathroom with Toshiama Room. $75 per night

Toshiama Room
ToshiamaRoomA homey, country-themed room with a touch of simple detail as the decor in this room is about the children who were raised in the home. Includes two twin beds, pedestal sink, dresser, reading chairs, and TV. Nicely lit with windows on three sides. Shares a spacious hallway bathroom with Elizabeth’s Loft. $55 per night

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1390 Hwy 141, Coon Rapids, Iowa 50058

Hollyhock cottageCozy Hollyhock Cottage is set in the beautiful yard with the historic Garst farmhouse next door. The decor reflects the cottage’s history, first as the family chicken coop, then hired hand’s house and later Elizabeth’s garden shed. The renovated cottage offers all amenities, including A/C, a TV and DVD player, and a few family friendly games.

Hollyhock is perfect for a small family or groups of 5-6 people. The bedroom has a queen bed. The living room has twin bunk beds and a queen-sized futon.

The fully-equipped kitchen has a stove, apartment sized refrigerator, dining table, microwave, coffee pot, basic pots and pans and tableware. A picnic table, lawn chairs, charcoal grill, and a bonfire ring are nearby. An excellent fishing pond and the town-loop trail system connect to Hollyhock’s yard. An optional self-serve continental breakfast is available next door. Pets are welcome, but must be kept off of the furniture.  $150 per night, two night minimum during high season.

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1313 Fig Avenue, Coon Rapids, Iowa 50058
UntitledWoodland Carriage House is located in the heart of the Whiterock Valley above the garage for the next door private home and the historic dance barn. The decor has a “lodge” feel, and features the amusing Fluxus Indian Museum (a New Wave art museum with a unique fictional account of the Fluxus Indian tribe).PICT0063

Woodland is spacious, sleeping up to seven people. The bedroom has a queen and twin bed. The great room houses the kitchen and living room. Two queen beds are also located in this living area. The unit is equipped with A/C, satellite TV, library, and family friendly games.

The fully equipped kitchen includes a vintage but functional wood burning cook stove, an electric stove, full-sized refrigerator, dining table, coffee pot, microwave, basic pots and pans, and tableware.

WoodlandPatioA charcoal grill and picnic area are set up right outside the Carriage House. Located nearby fishing ponds, multi-use trails and the Middle Raccoon River await your adventures.

Pets are welcome! Dogs are welcome to be inside if you are with them and keep them off of the furniture. There is plenty of room in the facility for your own dog kennel.

$165 per night, two night minimum during high season.

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1564 125th Street, Coon Rapids, Iowa 50058

OakridgeHouseOutsideOakridge is a very large, private farmhouse deep in the countryside on a ridge overlooking Whiterock Valley. Deer, coyotes, wild turkeys and grazing cattle are frequently spotted from the house.

Ideal for a family reunion or corporate retreat, this house has an official sleeping capacity of 13. A spacious living room and kitchen allow for serving up to 30 people. Five bedrooms total, the main floor bedroom contains a queen and a twin bed. Three bedrooms upstairs are usually configured with two twin beds each, though with advance notice, these can be converted to short king beds. The last upstairs bedroom contains two queen beds and a seating area. There are two full bathrooms in the house (1st floor and 2nd floor) and also an upstairs hallway vanity with sink. Many family reunion groups tuck in extra children in the spacious living room and the ample bedrooms.OakridgeLivingRoom

Oakridge offers full amenities, including A/C, TV and DVD player, iron and ironing board, family friendly games, and library. The kitchen is fully-equipped and serves up to 30 people. It includes a full-size refrigerator, stove, dining tables, microwave, coffee pot, basic pots and pans, and tableware.

This private yard include a bonfire ring, charcoal grill, and picnic tables. The yard is great for family games such as basketball, croquet, and horseshoes. Trails are located out the back door and fishing ponds are within walking distance. The Oakridge RV and horse campground is located nearby.

Pets are welcome! There are two dog kennels available for use in the garage. Dogs are welcome to be inside if you are with them and keep them off of the furniture. There is plenty of room in the facility for your own dog kennel.
$300 per night, two night minimum during high season.

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Campground & Cabins

Whiterock Conservancy offers three campgrounds, multiple remote campsites and a remote primitive cabin. The 805 River Cabin must be reserved, all other camp sites are on a first come, first served basis. Please register at the self check-in kiosk before setting up camp. General inquiries and reservations can be arranged by contacting the Guest Services at (712) 684-2964 Ext. 112 or email us at: or you can make a reservation online anytime.

No outside firewood is allowed to help control the spread of invasive species. Firewood is available for sale in the campgrounds.

UntitledThis remote cabin moved into the valley from 805 Main Street, Coon Rapids, many years ago. It’s a rustic retreat sitting between a spring-fed pond and the Middle Raccoon River in a beautiful, yet secluded valley teeming with wildlife. Deer, wild turkey, coyote, beaver, and songbirds fill the surrounding woods and nearby clearing. This site is designated as a strictly hike-in, bike-in or horseback ride-in site from the Main Campground.

The 3-season cabin includes a small bedroom (with queen and twin), a living/sitting room (with twin), an upstairs loft (with queen) and a small sitting area. Two queen and two twin foam mattresses on platform beds are provided. YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN LINENS OR SLEEPING BAGS. Screen windows are covered with shutters. A small table, chairs and a lantern are provided.805RiverGuests

In the large yard there is plenty of room to pitch a few tents. A picnic table, bonfire ring, charcoal grill, and clothesline are available. Bring your fishing poles to catch dinner in the backyard pond or river.       The property includes an old-fashioned outhouse and a shower house with a sun warmed water tank set atop the unit. There is no electricity, running water or drinking water.

Dogs are welcome at 805 River Cabin. Horses can also be kept at the cabin in an open steel pen (we have two available), on the tie line, or by closing the gate and allowing them to roam within the small fenced in area surrounding the cabin.

It is approximately a 1 mile hike or bike ride following the river single track trail or a few miles by horseback following the main trail. A Gator can be rented from Whiterock Conservancy to assist in getting your materials to the cabin, weather permitting. Call ahead to inquire and make your reservation. Absolutely NO ATVs allowed. $50 per night.

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1313 Fig Avenue, Coon Rapids, Iowa 50058 (on the east side of the road)

RiverCampground1The River Campground, situated in the heart of Whiterock Valley, is a perfect access point for 42 miles of trails. The campground sits along a bend of the Middle Raccoon River, amid gorgeous sandstone outcroppings and our resident cliff swallow colony. This particular bluff, from which Whiterock derives its name, is the largest vertical outcrop of Cretaceous Dakota Sandstone in the Midwest.

The campground’s 5 sites are very accessible for tents, campers, RVs and horse trailers. The cost per site is $12 per night. Please register at the self check-in kiosk before setting up camp.

river2Each site is equipped with a picnic table and bonfire ring. The campground area shares a dumpster, port-a-potties, and sun warmed water tank atop a shower house. Limitations: no electric or water hookups are provided, no external generators are allowed, no outside firewood is allowed. Firewood is available for sale in the River Campground.

Several horse tie lines are provided, along with a manure pit and wheelbarrow. Several steel pens are available to rent on a first-come first-served basis at $2 per night.

When available, the River House yard and dance barn, across the road, offers an additional old fashioned, double-seater outhouse and a year-round hydrant for potable water. Several excellent fishing ponds, trailheads, adjacent river with easy access, and a nearby abandoned 1800’s log cabin are within hiking distance.

1523 140th St, Coon Rapids, IA 50058

star field campground areaLocated on the edge of a gorgeous woodland and oak savannah, the Star Field campground provides privacy and amazing nighttime views of the sky. The campsites lie about 1/2 mile off the nearest gravel road, on a sandy flat trail, near the Star Field single track trails. Park in the overnight parking area and then use one of the wagons to carry your camping supplies to one of the sites located on the surrounding ridgelines. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and bonfire ring.  A shower house with restrooms and running water will be located near the parking area and port-a-pottys are located closer to the campsites.  Limitations: no electric or water hookups, no RVs and no horses are allowed. No outside firewood is allowed. Firewood is available for sale in the campground. The campsites are $12 per night.

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We have the darkest skies around and this is the best location for star gazing. Pop your tent and watch the skies!

Camp Host Wanted: The Star Field campground has an RV site for a camp host. If you are interested in volunteering for a weekend, week, or longer please contact guest services at or (712) 684-2964 Ext. 112.

This campground will have electric and water hook-ups and be designed to meet the needs of campers with horses. The campground will have easy access to the Horseback specific trails as well as the multi-use trails.
A campsite located near the Garst Home Farm and variety of remote backcountry, hike or bike in only, campsites are under construction.