Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Collinsville
Where is it at?
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
30 Ramey Street
Where are we going today?
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is one of the most incredible and historic sites you could visit in the US.
It was once one of the greatest cities in the world - and was once larger than London! Those who lived at this site were some of the most accomplished builders, and they erected many many structures ranging from houses for everyday living, to monumental public works which survived for centuries!
Long before European settlers arrived in America, there was a great civilization that lived at Cahokia. Then, 1000 years ago these people flourished and gradually improved their lived.
They started to establish small settlements as early as AD 700! How incredible is that!
There is so much to explore at Cahokia Mounds State National Park! There is a woodhenge which is thought to have served as a calendar, and there is even a two mile long stockage which once stood up to 20 feet tall!
When you arrive, you can visit the Interpretive Center filled with exhibit galleries in the museum, a shop, and an orientation show theater.
Outdoors there are self-guided tours, as well as guided tours, trails and the largest earthworks in North America - the 100ft high Monks Mound!
Get ready to explore 800 acres of the 2,200 acres of original site left - no need to reserve the tours, just turn up and enjoy it!
The site really is an amazing place for kids to really learn a fascinating slice of American history - and one that they might never have explored if it weren’t for the family day out!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsDonations of $7 are suggested
- ChildrenDonations of $2 are suggested
When can we go?
Hours vary seasonally. Grounds open 8am - dusk. Interpretive Center 9am open. Closing time is 4pm or
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as most major holidays.
An amazing experience for kids and they are happy to schedule field trips! .
Any Top Tips?
Make sure you free accordingly because you'll be in the outdoors! Comfortable clothing's and shoes, as well as sunscreen, hats and water! Also - don't forget your camera! .
Can I get one of those?
There's a shop! Souvenirs, books, gifts and hand-crafted Native American-made pieces are all ready to be enjoyed!.
Entrance is free, but donations are suggested so they can continue to preserve this amazing piece of history! .
What people are saying?
by Elijah Rich
The largest man made earthen mounds in the western hemisphere. There is a great museum here that you can walk through and learn about the natives that were found here although, if my memory is correct, the Cahokian natives were not the original builders of the mounds. There was another native civilization who at it's height may have been the largest city in the world (population) at the time yet mysteriously they left around 600 A.D. and never came back. Could this correlate with the final battle and extermination of the Nephite people by the Lamenites...Read More
by Ralph Moran
My favorite place in to go when I'm back home!
by Diane Young
The mounds are fascinating, the museum was excellent and the staff very friendly. Well worth the time to stop and spend an afternoon there walking around. I appreciate the efforts of all those who serve to protect the mound sites.
by Cameron Shilko
This is a very interesting place to go. I had no idea this was even here. But would recommend it for anybody close. Wear good shoes if you hike the mound or take the tour
by Lisa Earl
The museum is very informative and kid friendly. The mounds are huge, the view from the top of monk's mound is gorgeous. Wear comfy shoes because it is quite a climb.
by Elijah Rich
The largest man made earthen mounds in the western hemisphere. There is a great museum here that you can walk through and learn about the natives that were found here although, if my memory is correct, the Cahokian natives were not the original builders of the mounds. There was another native civilization who at it's height may have been the largest city in the world (population) at the time yet mysteriously they left around 600 A.D. and never came back. Could this correlate with the final battle and extermination of the Nephite people by the Lamenites recorded in The Book of Mormon?