Events at Starved Rock


Guided Tours

Trails are open every day of the year from 7 a.m. until sunset.  Visitors can hike on their own by following stationary park maps and brown park signs at every intersection and parking lot.

Ranger Led Guided Tours
  • June-November:  9 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays (first come, first served a the visitor center)
  • December-March:  8 a.m. on the 1st and 2nd Sundays of the month (pre-registration only)

Visitors who are planning a family get together, scout outing, or meeting up with friends can contact the Natural Resource Coordinator,  Lisa Sons to see if arranging a private tour is possible:  groups must have 10 minimum to 40 maximum persons attending, timeframes cannot interfere with already scheduled public hikes, programs, or special events, and staff must be available to lead the tour.  

Pleae email Lisa Sons at lisa.sons@illinois.gov to discuss a visit.  

Please note due to staffing needs and park attendance that weekends 
December through May, or holiday weekends May through October, 
cannot accommodate private tours, guided hikes, or programs for outside groups.  

Starved Rock Entry Forms and Information for Photography and Art Shows

Flights of Fancy Bird Photo Show Entry Form and Information.pdf

Entries are due to the Starved Rock Visitor Center before or by April 30, 2022.  The Visitor Center is open daily from 9-4.  Entries that are shipped (address PO BOX 509 or 2678 N. Rte 178, Utica, IL 61373) must have funds to mail or ship photographs back at the end of the show or atend the photographers reception on June 5th and take photographs back after the silent auction has ended.  The Starved Rock Foundation is not responsible for the cost of shipping mailed entries back to the photographer.  Thank you. 


Special Events and Programs

Starved Rock and Matthiessen Events Brochure.pdf

Spring Summer April_Sept 2022 program flyer.pdf

Fall 2022 Programs.pdf

Event, Program, and Tour Registration Here


Some programs, events, and hikes require online registration or registration by email which opens 

1 month prior to each program, event, or hike date.  Please follow link above or if registration by email (Starved Rock Saplings and Night Hikes please email lisa.sons@illinois.gov).