• Looking up at the Gateway Arch


    National Expansion Memorial Missouri

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  • Due to the Industrial Rope Access Project at the Gateway Arch

    Visitors may enter the Arch at the south leg only. Tram rides to the top are still available, the observation deck at the top will have restrictions. Usual walking paths may be closed; please look for signage or a Ranger for walking directions.


Ranger and students on riverboat with Arch in background

River Reflections

What do you see when you look at the river? Do you see explorers and fur trappers aboard pirogues, flatboats, and keelboats? Do you see the banks of the rivers crowded with people and cargo anticipating the arrival of the next steamboat? Or, do you see a barge transporting vital supplies to millions who live along its corridor?

This is the Mississippi River, past and present. Join a National Park Service ranger for a 60-minute cruise aboard the Gateway Arch Riverboats, and actively explore the history, culture, and future of this great American river. There is a fee charged fo rriverboat programs.

River Reflections is offered Tuesdays through Thursdays during the months of March, April, May, September and October. Thirty-day advance reservations are required. Please call 314.655.1700, extenstion 5. There is a boarding fee for Gateway Arch Riverboat.

For Gateway Arch Riverboat cruises without the educational component, visit gatewayarch.com. The River Ramble program is made possible by a partnership with Metro and Jefferson National Parks Association.

Did You Know?

1843 letter

The Museum of Westward Expansion at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial contains over 150 quotes from diaries, journals, letters and speeches. The designers of the museum felt the actual words of nineteenth century pioneers were the most powerful way to tell their story. Click to learn more. More...