The Iowa State Fair Campgrounds will open for the season June 1. See you in the Spring!

Fair time Camping

During the Fair, the Iowa State Fair Campgrounds house more than 2,300 sites fully equipped with water and electrical hookups, including 734 sites with sewer and three large bathhouses outfitted with clean showers, toilets and sinks. The beautiful, 160-acre Iowa State Fair Campgrounds are home to century-old trees, woodland flora and small wildlife. The Campgrounds are easy to find and conveniently located just off Interstates 80 and 35. The Iowa State Fair Campgrounds are the perfect place to enjoy the comforts of home and the excitement of the city.  To learn more about camping at the Iowa State Fair continue onto Fair time Camping.

Off-Seasons Camping

Although there are numerous hotels and motels in the area some event organizers and guests prefer taking advantage of our 160-acre campsite. There are plenty of campsites available now through mid-July with country comforts alongside city conveniences.  Campers enjoy the best of both worlds — the natural beauty of gently rolling woodlands plus the modern amenities of water and electrical hookups. Best of all, campers will find themselves a short stroll away from the many buildings that dot the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  Our campgrounds’ staff is ready to make your stay safe, comfortable and economical.  To learn more about camping during the off-season call the Iowa State Fair Campgrounds office at 515.262.3111 ext. 221 or visit the Iowa State Fairgrounds website.   Campers are welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Off-Seasons Camping Registration

Hotel Lodging

The Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau provides up-to-date lodging information. You may contact them by calling 800.451.2625 or search their online accommodations listings.