Pictured Rocks

Pictured Rocks Shelter
Pictured Rocks Shelter
Pic Rocks
Pic Rocks

Pic Rocks
Boat Ramp

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Just 5 miles south of Monticello, this 726 acre wildlife management area can be found along the banks of the Maquoketa River. It is named for the steep limestone bluffs that enclose the narrow river valley. The terrain makes it ideal for the smallmouth bass fisherman, canoeists, rock climbers, deer and turkey hunters, woodland wildflower enthusiasts, and hikers.  Hiking trails transverse the undeveloped hardwood forest at Pictured Rocks and the adjacent state preserve, Indian Bluffs.  Several small caves along the bluff face attract spelunkers from across Iowa. Pictured Rocks

Pictured Rocks Climbing Routes Map  Getting to know Pictured Rocks: Collin’s Wall is right at the parking lot. Gumby Wall is left of Collin’s Wall, it is the wall and detatched pillar which can be seen right before you take your left into the parking lot on the left side. Chicago Wall can be reached by going to the right instead of left. The rest of the walls are accessed from the main trail as you walk farther into the park.

Due to the steep narrow road leading down into Pictured Rocks a gate is closed and locked at the beginning of the winter season.  Contact the Jones County Conservation 563-487-3541 for more specific information on gate closure dates.  

Caving at Pictured Rocks is now limited to protect bat species against White Nose Bat Syndrome.  Cave users will need a completed authorization form from the Jones County Conservation Board Director in order to access the caves at Pictured Rocks.   Contact the Jones County Conservation Administrative Office at (563)487-3541 for an authorization form.  Allow 1 week for processing of the authorization form.

Cave Authorization Permit Form


Pictured Rocks has primitive restroom facilities, picnic shelter, hiking trail, and a hard surface river access.

Indian Bluffs and Pictured Rocks have been designated as a Bird Conservation Area by the Iowa DNR - For more information Bird Conservation Area.

Download the Bird Conservation Area Brochure 


Operating Hours & Seasons

Open 4:30 AM - 10:30 PM Daily.  Road access is closed during the winter season.


Road access is closed during the winter season.