Welcome to Madrid, Iowa

Community Pride - - a Sign of Progress!

Recreational Trail Project

Iowa Natural Heritage gave $5.52 million to the Central Iowa Trails for the purchase of the railroad properties and the rebuilding of the Bridge between Woodward-Madrid-Slater for a Ankeny to Woodward trail.

The beauty of the Des Moines River/Saylorville Lake area outside of Madrid

Delta Sky Magazine
At this time you can only order a reprint
High Trestle Trail is mentioned on pages 92 & 94

The HTT has won the 2013 Trails and the Arts Award

Above-Artist proposed design of the Trailhead, Entrance to the Bridge and the Bridge and theTrailhead Park area with parking and a sports complex

Trestle Bridge, Madrid IA Amazing drone footage.

The 25-mile long Ankeny to Woodward Trail has been finish.
With a total project cost of $3.75 million, now that these trail sections are built, a segment less than five miles in length, including the half-mile long Des Moines River Bridge crossing, will be all that remains for trail completion.


The ten organizations involved in trail development continue to seek grants and financial support for this portion of the trail. Polk County Public Works, with support from Polk County Conservation, is overseeing trail construction. Snyder & Associates, Inc. of Ankeny provided trail design. The trail is being constructed on an old Union Pacific rail bed. This project has been in development for several years. The total value of the trail and Des Moines River Bridge, when completed, is estimated at nearly $14 million. Much of the support for this trail has been provided thus far from the federal government, state government, and Union Pacific Railroad. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) along with the nine government agencies involved has also contributed both dollars and in-kind support for the trail. More than 100 individuals have also supported the trail with donations.

The organizations developing this trail include (in alphabetical order): City of Ankeny, Boone County Conservation, Dallas County Conservation, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, City of Madrid, Polk County Conservation and Public Works, City of Sheldahl, City of Slater, Story County and City of Woodward.

Due to the popularity of the trail between Madrid and Woodward, the City of Madrid and Boone County require a permit (free) for organized events on the High Trestle Trail pavement, right of way, or trailhead in their jurisdictions. To obtain the appropriate permit(s), please e-mail or call at least two weeks in advance: - Todd Kilzer, City of Madrid, cityofmadrid@windstream.net, 515-795-3930, and/or the Boone County Conservation Board, bccb@wccta.net, 515-353-4237

Our annual dues are due, the cost is $20.00 per year per person. Please make checks payable to Friends of the High Trestle Trail P.O. Box 71, Madrid IA 50156. Your dues help support continued amenities for the High Trestle Trail.
Some of our past projects have been the lighting and restroom at the Johnson Family Trailhead. We have also installed picnic tables and parking bumpers there. The new shelter and binoculars at the High Trestle Trail bridge were also recent accomplishments. Along with Signage & Little Lighthouses
Little lighthouses (the concept is similar to the “Little Free Libraries”- except the lighthouses will have night beacons for folks to use & return) will be left at various spots along the High Trestle Trail. 4 are presently located on the Trail.
Our annual spring cleanup in April keeps the trail beautiful. Please consider renewing your membership and encourage others to join. Thank You!

Kathy Kalmoe and Rollie Berg, the two artists that made the Trailhead Park sign, have designed a tile and frame to be used as a fund raiser for the trail. Each tile is signed and numbered. Rollie will make the frames to either stand or hang. You can obtain them for a $350.00 donation to the City of Madrid, at City Hall. Not many left, so act now and help the trail.


The West Overlook binoculars have been installed


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