In addition to a World-Class Interpretive Center, Cahokia Mounds offers 2,200 acres of the original site, 800 of which are accessible to the public. No trip is complete without exploring the site, climbing the 100 ft. Monks Mound and experiencing the reconstructed ancient sun calendar, Woodhenge.

Public Tours

During June, July, and August public tours are conducted Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The tours visit either Monks Mound or the Grand Plaza-Twin Mounds-Mound 72. The tours last approximately one hour. During April, May, September, and October public tours are conducted on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. No reservations are needed.

Self-Guiding Tours and Other Resources

iPod Tours
Using the iPod Touch and featuring four tours: one of the Interpretive Center exhibit gallery and three of the grounds... all available in English, German and Spanish. The tours have both audio commentaries and visual components including photos, artwork, maps, and video. The outdoor tours lead the user on three different journeys through ancient history - focusing on the Grand Plaza, Monks Mound and the ancient sun calendar, Woodhenge. Tours are $3 for adults and children. For a sneak peek, click here.

Cell Phone Tour
The Confluence Cell Phone Audio Tour is a guide to conservation, heritage and recreation sites in the greater St. Louis bi-state region that will help you explore and Reconnect to our Great Rivers. Click here for more information.

Nature/Culture Hike
A 6.2 mile Nature/Culture Hike booklet is available for sale in the Museum Shop. The hike goes through more remote areas of the site explaining the culture of the Mississippians, discussing where archaeology has taken place, and the use of various plants for food, medicine, dyes and fibers.

Tape Tours
A tape cassette tour is available for free from the Information Desk; it includes three hiking trails, through the Plaza, up Monks Mound, and around Woodhenge. The trails take 30 - 45 minutes to walk. To check out a tape tour, a driver's license is required for identification. Tape tours are also available in French, German, Japanese and Spanish.

Tour Guidebook
A tour guidebook is available for purchase in the Museum Shop for $1. It includes three hiking trails: through the Plaza, up Monks Mound, and around Woodhenge. The trails are 30 - 45 minutes to walk. (Available in 11 languages)

Disabled Visitor Opportunities
A 17-minute video tour of Cahokia Mounds is available for disabled visitors and may be viewed upon request. A wheelchair is also available for use in the Interpretive Center and on the Plaza tour trail, which is paved and level. For those with visual disabilities, there is a Braille guide to Monks Mound and other site features, and an Artifact Apron that can be worn through the exhibits with replica artifacts in the pockets and an accompanying tape cassette.

Other Resources Available
We also have a "Museum Mural Walk" guidebook; a "Prairie Hike" guide; and Identification pamphlets for Trees, Birds, and Prairie Plants.