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Starved Rock State Park is one of the best and most beautiful destinations for hiking in the Midwest. We know that our guests love to come here to see the natural beauty of the park, but there’s so much more to see and do. First time at Starved Rock? We suggest a guided hike and a historic trolley tour to learn about the area. We offer seasonal trolley tours, year ’round guided hikes, musical tribute shows, special events, educational programs, children’s activities and so much more! Come explore this jewel in the crown of LaSalle County and see why we attract more than two million visitors each year!


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Friday, September 22nd, 2017

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Land & Lunch Tour August – September Wednesday & Friday at 11am Ticket Price: $24/adult, $19/children 10 & under Join us for lunch and a Historic Trolley Tour! Begin with lunch at 11am in our historic Main Dining Room. After lunch (noon), board one of our Starved Rock trolleys and depart on the tour with stops at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor’s Center, the IL Waterway Visitor’s Center and then trolley through historic downtown Utica. The tour is narrated with history and legends! Cost is $24 for adults, and $19 for children 10 and under. Call (815) 220-7386 to book tickets. September 15 – Click here to register September 20 – Click here to register September 22 – Click here to register September 27 – Click here to register September…Read more

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-September: Monday: 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm October: Monday-Saturday: 3-4:30 pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call (815) 220-7386 or click the links below. September Tours: Wednesday September 20  @ 1:30pm…Read more

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-September: Monday: 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm October: Monday-Saturday: 3-4:30 pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call (815) 220-7386. September Tours: Tuesday September 19 @ 3pm Wednesday September 20…Read more

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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There’s no better way to relax on a Friday night than with great, live music in the Back Door Lounge. Talented, local performers bring a variety of rock and country favorites (mixed with a few original songs) each week from 8-11 pm with no cover charge. Come early for dinner! Ask about our wide selection of seasonal beers, Starved Rock wines and specialty drinks. Or, warm up with a coffee drink after dinner. Disclaimer: Material may not be suitable for all ages. Music Moves to the Back Door Lounge: Friday, September 22: Against the Grain Friday, September 29: Sean Walsh Friday, October 6: Rescue Dogs Friday, October 13: Chris Nez Friday, October 20: Darrell Data Friday, October 27: Tommy and the Nightcaps Friday, November 3: Steve Cerqua Friday, November 10: Amber Kay Saturday, November 11: Steve Sharp Band…Read more

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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2017 Fall Mega Hike September 23 and 24, 2017 8:30am, 9am & 9:30am Our Fall Mega Hike is a hike you won’t want to miss! The hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30, 9 & 9:30am both days. Lunch will be eaten halfway through the trek, around 1, 1:30 and 2pm. We expect to return and conclude the hike at 4:30, 5 & 5:30pm. You’ll begin the day by boarding a Starved Rock trolley which will take you to the east end of the park to begin the hike. Included is trolley transportation, guides, a boxed lunch halfway through and a specially designed performance t-shirt for the event. $37.00 per person. Reservations required.  For more information and to make a reservation please call…Read more

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Visit a Canyon Tour June – September Monday, Saturday & Sunday Ticket price: $25/person Monday: 10am – 12:30pm Saturday: 10am -12:30pm, 12:30pm – 3pm Sunday: 10am – 12:30pm Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at Starved Rock State Park’s Visitor Center, the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, a trip through historic downtown Utica and a scenic, guided walk to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon.  The walk is less than a mile and will take about 45 minutes.  Tour includes: a “Starved Rock” map backpack, a snack and bottle of water.  This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility.  Canyon chosen may vary, depending on the weather and trail conditions. September: Saturday September 23 @ 10am –  Call for more information…Read more

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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April – November Saturdays & Sundays 11am-2:30pm $18/person Group departs from the hotel lobby of the Lodge with a knowledgeable guide to see canyons and bluffs made from St. Peter’s Sandstone. If you’re part of a guided hike in the spring or early summer, there is a good possibility you will be able to see seasonal waterfalls. The guide describes to the group how Starved Rock got its name along with other tales and truths. The hike is considered strenuous as there are many stairs and uneven terrain. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Hikes are about 4.5 miles round trip. Lunch includes: your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, bag of chips, homemade granola bar,…Read more

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

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Visit a Canyon Tour June – September Monday, Saturday & Sunday Ticket price: $25/person Monday: 10am – 12:30pm Saturday: 10am -12:30pm, 12:30pm – 3pm Sunday: 10am – 12:30pm Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at Starved Rock State Park’s Visitor Center, the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, a trip through historic downtown Utica and a scenic, guided walk to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. The walk is less than a mile and will take about 45 minutes.  Tour includes: a “Starved Rock” map backpack, a snack and bottle of water. This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility. Canyon chosen may vary, depending on the weather and trail conditions. September: Saturday September 23 @ 12:30pm Saturday September 30 @ 12:30pm

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Trolley Schedule » March: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm April-May: Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm June-September: Monday: 1:30-3pm, 3-4:30pm Tuesday-Saturday: 3-4:30pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm October: Monday-Saturday: 3-4:30 pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm, 1:30-3pm & 3-4:30pm November-December: Saturday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Sunday: 12-1:30pm & 1:30-3pm Pricing $12/adult $10/seniors (60 & over) $8/children (10 & under) Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall of the Lodge. Learn about the rich history and legends of Starved Rock State Park and Lodge. Travel to the Lock and Dam, through historic downtown Utica and the Starved Rock Visitor Center. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to book, call (815) 220-7386 or click the links below. Late arrivals will not be refunded. September…Read more

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

8:30 am - 5:30 pm

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2017 Fall Mega Hike September 23 and 24, 2017 8:30am, 9am & 9:30am Our Fall Mega Hike is a hike you won’t want to miss! The hikes leave the Lodge at 8:30, 9 & 9:30am both days. Lunch will be eaten halfway through the trek, around 1, 1:30 and 2pm. We expect to return and conclude the hike at 4:30, 5 & 5:30pm. You’ll begin the day by boarding a Starved Rock trolley which will take you to the east end of the park to begin the hike. Included is trolley transportation, guides, a boxed lunch halfway through and a specially designed performance t-shirt for the event. $37.00 per person. Reservations required.  For more information and to make a reservation please call…Read more