The Loess Hills, known only to western Iowa and China, are composed of yellow loess soil overlying older debris left from the last Ice Age. The several hundred feet high hills are the result of dust-filled winds from the west, being slowed by the Missouri River and deposited along the western Iowa border.

Through the millenia, natural erosion has created steep bluffs covered with native grasses to the west and timbers of oak, walnut, and cedar facing the east.



Loess Hill Scenic Byway
Visitors can enjoy the beauty of driving tours along the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway ( A casual walk along paths in Waubonsie State Park and WaShawtee camp area offer opportunities to stop and enjoy the vista overlooking the vast flat flood plain of the Missouri River.

State Park
The Waubonsie State Park ( is an hour from Omaha and approximately three and one-half hours from Des Moines. The Loess Hills run almost parallel along the western border of Iowa along I-29 and the Missouri River.


Hunting and Fishing
Hunting and fishing opportunities abound in the county with more than a dozen public wildlife management areas (

One of the best championship rodeos in the midwest is held in Sidney each year in late July and early August (


The Loess Hills with thousands of acres of pristine timberland is home to a wide variety birds, a virtual birders paradise (