Effigy Mound National Park – Harpers Ferry, Iowa
Visit this park which has over two-hundred mounds preserved intact here the American Indian culture developed these in the upper Midwest. Creatively building thousands of earthen mounds in the shape of animals across the landscape.
Thirty-one are effigies in the shape of bears and birds found along hiking trails offering magnificent views of the Mississippi River.
The mounds preserved here are considered ceremonial and sacred sites by many Americans, especially the Monument’s 16 associated American Indian tribes.
The 2,526 acre Monument includes 206 American Indian mounds situated in a natural setting, and located within the one of the most picturesque sections along the "Great River Road" of the Mississippi River – a National Scenic Byway.
There are numerous opportunities for you to enjoy a self-guided tour or join a ranger for a hike, walk, talk or historic demonstration. Discover the artistic and lasting imprint of an ancient culture, the ingenuity of ancient American Indian tools and implements, and share the stories of the past and present. Hiking trails lead to original American Indian mounds, and a variety of habitats – including upland forest, 81.5 acres of prairie, wetland and riparian.
Effigy Mounds National Monument visitor center is located at the base of 400 ft. limestone bluffs which overlook the upper Mississippi River.
Touring the Monument involves short walks along accessible trails or extended walks along steep hiking trails. Due to the sacred nature of the site as an American Indian burial and ceremonial ground, no roadways providing access to park resources exist; there is no self guiding automobile tour available.
Effigy Mounds National Monument is located in territory that was hotly contested by Indians and the American government. In 1832, the U.S. forced the Sauk and Fox tribes to cede land south of the “Neutral Ground” along the Mississippi River, which included the lands of the present National Monument.
Location: Travel 3-miles north of Marquette, Iowa on state highway 76 (The Great River Road).
Visitor Center Hours of Operation
- Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Weekends, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- June to Labor Day, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.*
(Call for specific June date at 563.873.3491)
Thanksgiving Holiday, December 25, New Years Day
$3.00 – $5.00
The entrance fee is $3.00 per person over the age of 15, with a maximum charge of $5.00 for all occupants of a private, non-commercial vehicle.
There are no set commercial vehicle fees; tour groups arriving in commercial vehicles by the individual passengers in the vehicle ($3.00 per person).
The entrance fee is waived for those in possession of the National Parks Pass, Golden Eagle Pass, Effigy Mounds Park Pass, Golden Age and Golden Access passes.
*Entrance fees are waived November through March.