Directions to Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge

Standard Directions

Just 25 minutes east of Des Moines, Neal Smith NWR is nine miles south of Interstate 80. If traveling from downtown Des Moines, take Highway 163 to exit 18. Turn left, then immediately right, and follow the signs along the paved 4.5-mile entrance road. If traveling on Interstate 80, take the Colfax/Prairie City exit. Turn south onto Highway 117 and travel seven miles to Prairie City. Continue through Prairie City across the Highway 163 bridge to the Refuge entry road on your right.

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9981 Pacific Street
Prairie City, IA 50228
(515) 994-3400

P.O. Box 399
9981 Pacific St.
Prairie City, IA 50228
515-994-3400
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The refuge roads and trails are open daily from dawn to dusk.

The Prairie Learning and Visitor Center is open year-round.
Regular Hours:
Monday-Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 12-5pm

Winter hours:
December 1-February 28
Monday-Saturday from 9am-4pm; closed Sunday.

We are open on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day; we are closed on all other Federal holidays.