With the upcoming Water Works Park Open House on Tuesday, September 10, there is a lot of dreaming of what Water Works Park could offer to the community and visitors of Des Moines in the future. One unique and often hidden treasure of Water Works Park available today are the beautiful bridle trails.
Des Moines Water Works boasts several miles of bridle trails on the north side of the Raccoon River in Water Works Park. Avid and novice horsemen and women regularly visit the signed trails that wind throughout the park and the “Lost Planet” area. Horseback riders will encounter several species of wildlife on their excursion through the park, including white-tail deer, red fox, coyotes, and bald eagles. The trails are groomed and are accessible year-round. Riders can gain access to the trails off of Edwards Street, which is south of Grand by the Valley Park Stables.