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Effigy Mounds National Monument is located near McGregor, Iowa, less than a mile from the mighty Mississippi River. The monument is a collection of mounds that were part of a culture that transcended individual tribes and is considered to be an archeological treasure providing insight into Native American culture. These mounds were not constructed for burial purposes, as many of the tribes continued to build circular mounds for burial. The Effigy Mounds Culture utilized hills in the shape of animals such as deer, bison, and turtle, among others. Archeologists believe that the mounds may have been created to honor seasonal events, to mark territory or for other purposes, but their actual purpose is still unknown.

Today the monument is connected through culture to almost two dozen native tribes in the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, just to name a few. The monument is open to the public year-round from dawn to dusk and can be viewed even when snow has fallen and covered the mounds. The monument has a visitor center that is open during regular business hours, but the hours may change according to the season.

Getting Outdoors

While you're here, you can walk freely on the grounds or take part in some of the staff-led programs such as guided hikes, educational talks, and demonstrations; for example, one type of demonstration offered is of the atlatl, an ancient spear-throwing device. Children and teenagers can participate in the Junior Ranger Program by completing an activity booklet that focuses on the American Indian tribes that lived (and still live) here and the area's natural environment. Pets are welcome on a leash.

The monument is a good place to engage in nature and wildlife viewing. The landscape has numerous ponds and marshes where you can see a variety of amphibians; the leopard, pickerel, and green and western chorus frogs can be heard chirping in the spring. The monument's proximity to the Mississippi River makes it an ideal refuge for almost 300 bird species which nest or pass through the area. You can have a chance to view the red-shouldered hawk that nests on the nearby Yellow River floodplain. Great blue herons, great egrets, and double-crested cormorants live in the area's trees and can be quite noisy when feeding their young (making them even easier to spot).

While many of the mounds require you to hike trails that can be long and steep, there are several mounds located near the visitor center. There is also a boardwalk trail that follows the Yellow River and is ADA accessible. The boardwalk was constructed from recycled planks and is less than a mile long, making it a relaxing stroll through the adjacent wetlands while protecting them from human traffic at the same time.

Camping at Effigy Mounds National Monument

RV rentals in Allamakee County are how your Effigy Mounds National Monument camping vacation will begin; where they take you from there is up to you. There are no camping areas within the monument, but you will find numerous options for motorhome camping near the Effigy Mounds.

Scenic View Campground can provide you with comfortable accommodations for your Harpers Ferry camper rental. You can rent a campsite by the day or seasonally. The campsites are either primitive (no hookups), have water and electric hookups, or have full hookups (water, electric, and sewer). All campsites have a picnic table and fire ring, and you can purchase firewood and ice on site. You can also rent canoes, kayaks, and inner tubes for use on the nearby Yellow River.

Another place to camp near Harpers Ferry is Gateway Park Campground. This city-run campground features full hookups at every site, a dump station, and a picnic shelter with tables. The park is open year-round, but it may not be serviced during the winter. You don't need to worry about reservations; sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Just watch for the payment box when you arrive and take an envelope.

Exploring the Area

Once you've had your fill of exploring the Effigy Mounds National Monument, there are other historical and entertaining attractions to see while you're here. Take your RV rental across the Mississippi River to Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, where you can visit a memorial statue of Emma Big Bear Holt, who lived near the monument and followed a traditional lifestyle, making her renowned to the local population. She was one of the last of her people, the Ho-Chunk or Winnebago, to do this.

Also across the river, you'll find the Villa Louis Historic Site, a local family mansion from the Victorian era, and several urban parks. To the west, you'll find gas stations and places to eat and shop in Postville. All of these will combine to make camping with an RV near Effigy Mounds National Monument complete.

RV Rentals in Effigy Mounds National Monument, IA

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There are many popular rentals in Effigy Mounds National Monument. Outdoorsy's Effigy Mounds National Monument RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

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