A wide variety of guided tours and talks are offered throughout the year. During the summer (June 16th to September 2nd 2013) guided interpretive tours to Fire Point are offered when staffing is available. For all program opportunities check our "Calendar of Events".
Self-guided and interpretive tours often start with our 15 minute "Earthshapers" film about how and why the American Indians built the mounds.
A two-mile hike along the Fire Point Trail leads to over 20 mounds, including conical, linear, compound and bear effigy mounds. There is a Fire Point Trail Guide available in the bookstore for a self-guided tour.
The Marching Bears is a four-mile hike in the South Unit. Guided tours are offered on special occasions.
Hanging Rock is a seven-mile hike from the Visitor Center.
Stones, Bones and Sticks
Did You Know?
An important figure in the documentation of Iowa's effigy mounds was Ellison Orr. Born in 1857, Orr worked other jobs while pursuing research in archeology. After retiring at the age of 73, Orr began a career as an archeologist spending the next 20 years conducting surveys and excavations.