Surprising Outdoor Recreation Opportunities in DSM

Outdoor recreation makes life more fulfilling, supports good health and brings about a sense of community through a shared passion. Here are some options in Greater Des Moines (DSM) that offer adventure and one-of-a-kind experiences.  

Biking in Greater Des Moines 

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With over 800 miles of connected trails, DSM is a biker’s dream, with varied terrains, plenty of trailside stops for beer and grub, and a strong biking community.  

Hiking and Walking Adventures in Greater Des Moines 

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Take a leisurely stroll, a challenging hike, or something in between.

Public Land for Exploring, Fishing and More in Greater Des Moines

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Nature is all around in DSM. Get out and find your favorite.

If you fish or hunt, check out the Iowa Department of Natural Resource’s Go Outdoors Iowa app, too, for information on regulations, licensing and more. 

Boating / Paddling and Water Activities in Greater Des Moines 

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Enjoy recreation on the water, from lakes to rivers. And stay tuned as the ICON Water Trails continues to roll out more amenities, including white water rafting.  

This Could Be Your Backyard

Make your move to DSM and all this could be right outside your front door. Coupled with a low cost of living, fulfilling job opportunities and amenities galore, Greater Des Moines is where you can find your greater.  

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