The High Trestle Trail Art Bridge
This trail and bridge over the Des Moines River between Woodward and Madrid, Iowa, is no boring hike — day or night!
Be sure to bring a flashlight if you walk it at night; the bicyclists sharing the paved walkway will appreciate it! Built on a former railroad line, the High Trestle Trail and bridge stay true to this central Iowa region’s heritage of rail and mining.
Yes, there is mining in Iowa!
The square steel frames over the bridge are arranged just so to give the illusion of a mine shaft. Lit up in blue lights at night, walking under the framework makes you feel a part of the art. It’s an entirely different kind of blue-light-special.
This trail is definitely worth the trip!
Be sure you catch the end of the video — is that a train we hear, coming down the tracks?
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The official map handed to us by the very pleasant Park Ranger at the Fall River Entrance Station on Colorado Hwy 34 is titled “Roaming the Rockies” – which of course we thought was a grand idea! Our 1930 Ford Model A street rod had adjusted to the mountain air and was ready to roll!
After checking out the map — like a good navigator should — we decided on our Y’dstoti route: Old Fall River Road. It was marked as unpaved, “one-way up only; closed in winter,” was nine miles long with falls, trails, and switchbacks. The perfect fall drive!
We couldn’t help stopping at Chasm Falls to do a little rock climbing and experience Rocky Mountain National Park up close and personal. Y’dstoti – its worth the trip!