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Whiterock Conservancy - Mountain Biking
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Whiterock Conservancy - Mountain Biking


A Whiterock Conservancy trail pass is required for all visitors mountain biking and horseback riding on the trails. A trail pass is not required for walking or hiking, however a suggested donation of $2 is appreciated. The annual pass is good for the calendar year and the daily pass is good for the day of purchase.

Trail fees help cover the cost of maintenance, as well as preserve the landscape. Self-serve kiosks are located with payment envelopes throughout Whiterock Conservancy and can be found at the campgrounds, trailheads, Bur Oak Visitor's Center, and the Historic Garst Farmstead. 

  • Hiking/Walking/Running: Free OR $2/day suggested donation

  • Mountain Biking: $5 per bike/day

  • Horseback Riding: $10 per horse/day


2024 Mountain Bike/Hike Passes:

  • Annual Bike Pass: $25 

  • Annual Family Bike Pass: $100 

  • Valid for Up to 5 Immediate Family Members Only






2024 Equestrian Passes:

  • Annual Equestrian Pass: $50

  • Annual Family Equestrian Pass: $150

  • Valid for Up to 5 Immediate Family Members Only​​



A trail pass is issued to the person and is non-transferable, meaning that it cannot be passed from person to person or shared with others. The Whiterock Conservancy trail pass must be filled out to be valid.

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Fees and Passes


*UTV Rentals: Whiterock offers ATV rentals to visitors, call ahead to reserve. Private ATVs are not allowed at Whiterock except for on Slow Sunday Drives.


Report maintenance issues such as downed trees to

Trails at a glance

Trail Amenities


All parking is free. Day parking is available at:


  • All campgrounds have access to potable water

  • Seasonal restrooms are open May-October - weather dependent

  • Campground bathrooms/showers close for the winter (Visitors Center is open year-round)

  • Porta Johns and outhouse may periodically close for maintenance


Picnic Areas/Benches: Picnic areas are located at the Visitor’s Center and campgrounds. There is a large picnic pavilion located by the River House Barn (call ahead to reserve). Most benches are located along the following trails: Main Loop Trail, Steve Garst Trail, Town Loop Trail.

Cell Service: Cell coverage is spotty in the lower sections of the valley (along the river). Verizon provides the best cell coverage throughout the conservancy, followed by US Cellular, AT&T, and T-Mobile.

Trail Maintenance: Staff works hard to clear downed trees, fill holes, cut back encroaching vegetation, etc. Help us keep the trails safe and clear by reporting maintenance issues to Please submit GPS coordinates/geotagged photos of the maintenance issue and description/additional photos if possible. 


If you are interested in helping us keep our trails in tip-top condition join our volunteer team!

Fences/Gates: Treat all fences as if they are live electric fences. Guests should not open gates. If a trail is blocked by a closed gate, consider the trail closed.

Trail Closures: Whiterock's trails periodically close for maintenance or due to poor weather conditions. Always check our homepage for the most up-to-date trail closure information.​




Trail Materials: Hard trail materials such as compacted/mown grass, limestone aggregate mix (gravel), and pavement offer a sturdier and more level surface than soft trail materials (dirt, sand). Whiterock’s hard trails are the Main Loop plus spurs, Town Loop, and Steve Garst Trails, which are also wider than the soft trails. Soft trails more frequently experience holes, soft/wet spots, and steeper terrain changes; however, these features can also occur on hard trail surfaces.


Width: Trails marked as wide are generally large enough to fit 2 or more people across, while narrow are generally 1-2 people or 1 horse wide. The width of each trail are general estimates, which can vary over its length. Whiterock’s double track system (Main Loop + all spurs) are wide enough to fit an ATV and are where our rental ATVs can be driven.

Accessibility descriptions are provided for each trail as a general guide. Please call ahead or stop by the Bur Oak Visitors Center during regular hours if you would like more information or guidance in picking the right trail.


For up-to-date facility and trail information contact: 712-790-8221 Ext. 1


In event of emergency, call 911 and inform operator that the closest town is Coon Rapids in Carroll County(Whiterock Conservancy is within both Carroll and Guthrie counties, most dispatch services will be out of Carroll County). 


Loops and Routes
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