Loess Hills National Scenic Byway

Majestic views are the hallmark of a trip on the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway. Formed by deposits of fine, windblown soil at the end of the last ice age, these are not your average hills. Spanning 15 miles at their widest and nearly 200 miles long down the edge of western Iowa, you'd have to travel to China to see any taller loess formations.

The 220-mile main route and additional 185 miles of excursion loops include panoramas of the Missouri River valley farmland, forested hills and vast grasslands. Scenic overlooks are numerous and there are hundreds of opportunities to get out of your car and experience the Loess Hills.

With so much to offer, it's easy to see why this route has been designated as one of America's National Scenic Byways. Plan your trip to see the beauty of these hills, thousands of years of history and endless scenic views.


Along your route, make stops at these attractions:

Five Ridge Prairie State Preserve, Westfield

Broken Kettle Grasslands Preserve, Sioux City

Stone State Park, Sioux City

Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Sioux City

Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, Sioux City

Sergeant Floyd Monument, Sioux City

Lewis & Clark State Park, Onawa

Preparation Canyon State Park, Pisgah

Loess Hills State Forest, Pisgah

Harrison County Historical Village & Welcome Center, Missouri Valley

Hitchcock Nature Center & Observation Tower, Honey Creek

Lewis & Clark Monument, Council Bluffs

Mile Hill Lake Scenic Overlook, Glenwood

Waubonsie State Park, Sidney


For more detailed maps and information, contact the Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development at 712.482.3029.

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