Welcome RAGBRAI riders! The residents of Altoona are excited to celebrate RAGBRAI XXXIX with you. This is a first for Altoona – as an overnight RAGBRAI host community, and we are thrilled to show you the best of what our community has to offer.

The Des Moines Register described Altoona as the Metro’s “rec room!” Altoona is home to some of the best entertainment venues in the state including Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Iowa’s Favorite Place to Play! and Adventureland, Iowa’s largest family resort complex. For those with a passion for the great outdoors, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World will offer you an amazing adventure.

As proud as we are of our entertainment venues, we are equally excited to showcase our community. We offer many large city amenities while still maintaining the small town quality of life and conveniences. Altoona offers exceptional bike trails, a new library and aquatic park, recreational facilities, plus a variety of shopping and dining opportunities.

Altoona is home to great neighborhoods and beautiful homes. This year Altoona will host the Home Builders of Greater Des Moines Home Expo. The Expo will run from July 22 to July 31 in the Ironwood development. We hope you will tour these fabulous homes and pick up ideas on the latest innovations in new home construction.

We have it all in Altoona, and we can’t wait to share it with you! Check back often as we plan an “Epic RAGBRAI Experience” for you to remember.

Timothy J. Burget, Mayor

About Altoona!

Great place for family lifeAltoona truly has it all — great neighborhoods, excellent schools, plenty of recreation opportunities and all the amenities people look for in a big city, such as shopping, dining and entertainment. But with small town appeal.

Our Community

  • Population: 14,500
  • 5 miles from Des Moines
  • Small town quality; metropolitan convenience
  • Mix of recreation adventures, community amenities and business advantages
  • Countless attractions; thriving residential community
  • Over 17 miles of extensive trails
  • Pet park

Hot Spots

  • Adventureland Amusement Park
  • Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino
  • Aquatic Center
  • Altoona Campus
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • and more!