Yellow Banks Park


The 140-foot tall bluffs at Yellow Banks Park rise above the Des Moines River and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The bluffs are formed from loess soil deposited by the wind during the time of the glaciers. Hiking trails at this 552-acre park lead to scenic overlooks, an oak savanna, a Native American burial mound, and a unique backpacking camping area. This is a prime area for viewing migrating raptors in spring and fall. 


The park, acquired by the Conservation Board in 1980, is located southeast of Pleasant Hill off SE Vandalia Road. 

Yellow Banks Park  

6801 SE 32nd Ave.
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327 

(515) 266-1563


  • Ball diamonds
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Shelters

Operating Hours & Seasons

During day light savings time park is open 6:30 a.m. -10:30 p.m. 
Sunrise to sunset the rest of the year.

Campgrounds are closed from December 1 - March 31 (except to walk-in tent camping, which is allowed year-round).  Campground shower houses are open mid-April through mid-October. More information on camping can be found on our website at


Many exciting park and trail improvements are happening in Polk County thanks in part to the Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond referendum that was supported by voters in November of 2012. This may result in closed recreation areas due to construction. We encourage the public to stay involved and updated on these improvements by regularly visiting our website at