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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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Saturday, August 19th, 2017

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. August: Monday August 14 @ 10am Saturday August 19 @ 10am Sunday…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. August: Saturday August 19 @ 12:30pm Saturday August 26 @…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 or click the links below. Late arrivals will not be refunded. August…Read more

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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What better way to wind down after a long work week than by relaxing on our Veranda with some music, a cocktail or two and a gorgeous view on a beautiful summer night? Music starts at 8pm and lasts until 11, but we suggest getting here early to grab a table and experience the breathtaking sunset from the Veranda! Weather permitting, Veranda Parties kick off Memorial Day Weekend and continue through Labor Day. No cover charge! Veranda parties start Memorial Day Weekend. Outdoor dining mixed with great music and an amazing view of the scenic Illinois River Valley is a combination you must try this summer! See you there – music kicks off at 8 pm and runs until 11 pm.…Read more

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

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. August: Monday August 14 @ 10am Saturday August 19 @ 10am Sunday…Read more

10:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Our Breakfast Buffet is served on Sundays (and select holidays) from 8-9:30am. Breakfast price: $8.95/person. Our delicious Sunday Brunch Buffet is served every Sunday* from 10:30am to 3pm (summer hours) in The Main Dining Room of Starved Rock Lodge (2pm in the winter). Brunch seatings are at 10:30am, 11am, noon, 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2pm. Walk-ins are welcome, but seating is limited, so we strongly encourage reservations. To contact the Hostess, please call (815) 220-7321. Brunch Prices Adults: $15.95 Children 10 and under: half price Children 3 and under: free *Holiday Buffets are served on Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Holiday buffet pricing varies from Sunday Brunch pricing. Click here to see our Sunday Brunch menu

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

11:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Spend an exciting day solving devious clues each step of the way and get to know the Starved Rock Lodge area a little more. Try to be the first to uncover the Legend of Starved Rock. Use your wits, energy and sense of adventure as you race against time and your fellow racers. Enjoy a post-race awards ceremony at the finish line. The Amazing Race is fantastic for families, but children under the age of 8 and guests with limited mobility may find this event too strenuous. Teams should consist of 2-4 people. At least one person from each team must be at least 18 years or older. Check in for the race will be at 11:15 am in the…Read more

12:00 pm - 1:30 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. *Late arrivals will not be refunded. August Tours: Sunday August 20…Read more