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Northside Location

West of Saylorville behind Puttmasters At The Pines:
2977 NW 66th Ave
Des Moines IA 50313

Next Event:
May 13-15, 2022
+ ???

Friday 4:30-8:30
Saturday 10:30-7:30
Sunday 10:30-5:30
(subject to change)
FREE PARKING!

Bike the Neal Smith Trail to the Des Moines Renaissance Faire!

Last Updated: 4/22/2021

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Some of our management team are recreational cyclists and want to make sure other riders know that the Neal Smith Trail / Oralabor Gateway Trail runs north of the event.

We will be reaching out to Des Moines-area bicycle shops and clubs. Ideally, we’d love to partner with a local group (or store) to sponsor a bicycle parking area. Please contact us if you want to join!

In 2020, cyclists received a free bottle of water with their ticket.

I-35/80 Trail Detour

Due to bridge construction, the path under I-35/80 is closed. Here is the official proposed detour provided by the Iowa DOT (thanks to Brian Meyer for this information). Alternate detours have been suggested by members of the Des Moines Area Bike Riders Facebook group. Ride safe!

NOTE: The bridge at the top of this map has been upgraded in recent years and now has a pedestrian lane. Our location is actually just east of this brdige, but NW 66th is not very pedestrian friendly. Continuing north on the trail, then back south on NW Toni Dr. seems like a safer route.

Iowa DOT’s proposed detour for the Neal Smith Trail under I-35/80.

Trail Route (from South)

Take Neal Smith Trail to the Oralabor Gateway Trail heading east towards Ankeny. Exit the trail on NW Toni Dr (listed as a bike friendly road) and go south 1500 feet to NW Prairie Lane. Ride through this short loop to NW 66th Ave next to Puttmasters and into their parking lot.

Bike Parking

TBA 2021. We’d love to find a local group to provide valet parking services, or even just bike racks. Please contact us if you could help out.