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Pictured Rocks


General Questions

When does the road close for the season at Pictured Rocks?

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 Ranger at (563)487-5038 for more specific information on gate closure dates.  It reopens in the spring after the ice thaw.  Please call to inquire on the road closure and opening each season. 

How do I get a cave authorization form to enter the caves at Pictured Rocks?

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.

Authorization Form



How do I get information for rock climbing at Pictured Rocks?

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.


Rock Climbing Walls

Reserving a Facility