Iowa - Madrid - Ledges State Park / by Dave Hileman

We were attending Odyssey of the Mind World Finals in Ames two years ago and stayed in the campground at Ledges about 15 miles from the campus where the competition was held. You will note I did not think to take a photo of the site. The camping area was Ok. They had electric at most sites and they were reasonably level. Some of them were challenging to back into because of poorly placed signs and narrow rutted road in places. Water was available at a few spots around the campground. Cost was under $20 then. I just read that they are renovating the campground and it needed a bit of refresh. The park and the area are quite nice. Lots to see and do. The Cliff Swallows were building nests at a furious pace in along the canyon walls in the park. We would definitely stay here again (along with the many Cliff Swallows!)