Denison RAGBRAI Camping FAQ’s

Q: Who do I call to reserve a campsite?

A: The deadline for reserved campsites was June 15, 2018. After June 15, 2018 everything is first come, first serve.


Q: Do you still have room for me?

A: Yes, we do still have places for all Official RAGBRAI banded riders in Denison.


Q: Where is the main campground located?

A: Denison High School on North 16th Street and 8th Ave North


Q: Can anyone get into the main campground to camp?

A: NO, only those who are registered riders of RAGBRAI can get into the main campground.  Access to this area is ONLY for those who have passes that you applied for and that you were given by RAGBRAI. (VEHICLE PASS, RIDER BAND)


Q: If I called and got a reserved spot already where do I go?

A: Teams and charters that called before the June 15th deadline have already been placed in areas around Denison. Your team contact has your information.


Q: Can I camp any place I want?

A: No, there are designated areas for campers.


Q: Are there areas marked for open camping?

A: Yes, they are in the main campground.  (16th Street and 8th Ave N)


Q: Is there a map?

A: It will be coming shortly on our website and Facebook page


Q: I have a camper, were do I go?

A: The official campground for RV’s is the Crawford County Fairgrounds.  They are located at the intersection of Highway 39 and Ave. C in Denison. This campground is only for RAGBRAI banded campers and riders – this is a first come, first serve campground.


Q: Is there electrical available at the RV Campground?

A: Yes, there is limited electrical available on a first come, first serve basis. The Crawford County Fairgrounds will charge a fee for electrical service if spots are available.


Volunteers are needed, literally by the hundreds to take care of our thousands of guests coming to town on July 22.  There is something for everyone to help out with.  Many hand make for light work.

CLICK HERE for a printable volunteer application.   

Here’s a handy list of all the ways you can help promote Denison.

Beverage Garden: Sell tickets, check I.D.s for age-restricted areas, apply wristbands, & serve beverages. Help needed setting up on Saturday, staffing the beverage garden on Sunday, and clean up Monday morning. Volunteers working in the beverage garden are required to attend a TIPS training to learn how to check I.D.s and identify warning signs of over indulgence of alcohol.

Budget: Assist in financial aspect of the event.

Campgrounds: Stake sites, direct riders and drivers in setting up, and patrol campground boundaries. After riders leave, remove stakes and signage and do a general cleanup of anything left in the campground areas.

Communications – Coordinates all communication during RAGBRAI. Will work closely with all committees, but especially Transportation, Information Center and Public Safety Committees.

Electrical: Assist in carrying out power needs for committees, vendors, and events for RAGBRAI

Entertainment & Special Events: Coordinate entertainment and special events to take place, from special rider involvement contests to bands during the RAGBRAI visit as well as any special events.

Food & Vendors: Coordinates all aspects of bringing in food and vendors working with such things as contracts. Fields requests from individuals and organizations that want to sell products and services.   This includes the distribution and sale of ice to the vendors, Beverage Garden, and possibly RAGBRAI participants. Works with RAGBRAI and local authorities to keep renegade vendors outside the community.

Hospitality: Place & remove signs, sell t-shirts, welcome riders, shake hands, & share your hospitality! Volunteers needed from mid-morning through evening on the day of RAGBRAI & again the day after cheering on riders as they leave town.

Housing Coordination: Recruit housing and assist in matching those offering and those seeking housing. Much of this will need to be done weeks prior to the actual event.

Information Center: A primary resource for riders as they seek information! Distribute maps, answer questions, provide directions, refer to services. Help needed setting up the Information Center the day before, staffing the booth all day & into the evening the day of RAGBRAI & the morning after for a short time. Volunteers also may need to attend a training session.

LAW ENFORCEMENT & MEDICAL: Professionally trained individuals names interested in assisting in these area will be forwarded to the committee chairpersons for possible recruitment .

Public Safety :Assist with traffic flow, by assisting in developing and publishing maps for both riders & vehicles, placement of barricades & signs, and possibly assisting Law Enforcement in directing traffic & other jobs keep everyone SAFE!

Publicity: Coordinates publicity prior to the event and works with media prior to and during the event. Four sub-groups work under the Publicity Committee: Signs, Marketing/Media, Maps and Speakers Bureau. Coordinates release of information to the media to generate local interest in hosting RAGBRAI. Oversees printing a tabloid as a hand out to riders (if needed ) Works closely with the Hospitality and Web & Social Media Committees.

Ride Right: Distribute posters throughout our community on bicycle safety during the months of May – July.   Travel the route 4 to 5 days in advance of the event to distribute flyers and note any roadway concerns, and will travel the route to the next overnight town on Tuesday to pick up route markers and any other signage.

Showers & Sanitation: Monitor and charge admission to showers at schools and at the Aquatic Fun Center. Also sets up and monitors receptacles for trash, recycling, and redemption throughout the day as necessary.

Transportation: Arranges transportation from campgrounds to entertainment, food service & showers. Coordinates use of golf carts & gators, sets up route schedules, recruits drivers and hostesses, secures parking areas. Shuttle service hosts are stationed at bus stops to answer questions, provide maps, &refer to activities in town.

Volunteer Coordination: Recruits & Coordinates volunteers to assist all areas both months prior and during the event.   Strives for total community involvement from kindergartners to people in nursing homes.

Web & Social Media: Manages RAGBRAI website and social media content before, during and after the event. Works with social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We might be biased but this is the best way anyone can possibly give back to their community.  It’s an honor and privilege to serve.

Denison RAGBRAI Ride Right – Bike Scavenger Hunt

Denison RAGBRAI’s Ride Right Committee is holding a Scavenger Hunt to introduce the 10 rules of Ride Right bicycle safety.

To participate download a scavenger hunt form (English or Spanish) or pick up one at the Chamber office located at 19 Main Street, Denison, Iowa.

Each week, beginning May 10, 2018, several chaotic, anti-safety teams, starting with the letter M will be hidden in the Denison Bulletin, Advisor, La Prensa Hispanic Newspaper, and Channel 18.  These are teams you do NOT want to ride with.

Find the team name, along with the advice they have ignored about bike safety.  Put this information on the Scavenger Hunt form each week.  When completely filled out, return the form to the Information booth located on Broadway on RAGBRAI day, July 22, 2018 between 10:00am and 4:00pm.

The first 10 entries will receive LED bike lights and the next 30 will receive gift cards donated by Subway.  All entries will be placed in a drawing for a bicycle and a helmet donated by Wal-Mart.


Denison RAGBRAI Ride Right Committee | Bike Rodeo | May 12, 2018

The Ride Right committee and the Crawford County Cruisers Bicycle Club invite any 5 to 13 year olds with a bike to come out to the National Guard armory on Highway 30. That is May 12th , Saturday, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

What do we have happening? We have 7 stations to go through including a bike check.

We have free bike locks and we are giving away a bicycle and helmet. Bring your bike, helmet, closed-toe shoes and a parent or guardian.

You can register online, pick up a registration form at the Chamber office or register at the event.

Click HERE to pre-register online



The good people of Denison look forward to hosting you in our fair community.

We will provide plenty of camping space in the official RAGBRAI campgrounds. For those desiring other accommodations, you have the option of requesting housing. We ask for a small donation of $3 per group to help defray our costs. We will do our best to accommodate your needs. Thank you.

Please send the $3 donation to:

PO Box 668
Denison, IA 51442

Any applications received prior to May 1 or with invalid wristband numbers will not be processed.

Click HERE to complete the housing form.

Online T-Shirt Ordering

Denison RAGBRAI 2018 themed shirts are now available online.   Click HERE to order today.

Flat $5.99 shipping.
Free shipping over $99.

If you are in Denison shirts will be purchased at various retail locations.  The greatest selection of  colors, children’s sizes, tanks, and ladies V-neck are online only.

Show your support for responsible use of bacon in living tie-dyed color.


Denison, Iowa – With somewhere near 20,000 RAGBRAI-affiliated visitors expected to visit Denison on July 22nd, the RAGBRAI Denison housing committee is looking for volunteers to provide various space to riders during their visit.

CLICK HERE for the online form or CLICK HERE  for a printable form to volunteer to provide housing for RAGBRAI.

We need help from volunteer hosts who can provide parking for motor-homes, space for tents, bed or floor space, or bathroom facilities.

Hosts are only expected to provide a place for riders to rest their heads for the night. The space provided may be either inside or outside. Local housing volunteers are not required to entertain guests or provide them with amenities. Hosts are not required to transport or feed the riders.

RAGBRAI riders utilizing local housing would have the option of placing a portable restroom on the property, which would be obtained at the expense of the riders staying at the property.

Riders are expected to arrive in town beginning mid-afternoon on 07/22/2018. They would leave the following morning and be back on the road by 9 a.m. on 07/23/2018.

Sign up as soon as possible to provide various housing services. Visit the RAGBRAI Denison website housing information page at to fill out an online form  or printable form and submit it to the RAGBRI Denison Housing committee. Riders will begin making housing requests on May 1st, 2018.

For questions or additional information regarding housing or other RAGBRAI related topics visit or by e-mail at