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Alta Shelter

at Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park

To reserve this shelter, visit our reservation page, or contact the park to check for availability by calling 636-458-3813. If not reserved, the shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Outside of the open shelter

Shelter Amenities
  • Four picnic tables
  • One fireplace
  • Two grills
  • Length x width: four 20' x 20' wings surrounding a gathering area
  • Maximum occupancy: 133
  • Flush toilets
  • Water fountain

For more information about the park's picnic areas, click here.

Wooden picnic tables and stone fireplace under the roof of the open shelter

Park Hours


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Park Hours

For temporary closures related to weather, stewardship activities and maintenance, as well as temporary trail closures, click here to visit our Park and Site Status Map.

On the following days (actual or observed), staff will not be available and park buildings will be closed: Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; New Year’s Eve; New Year’s Day; Jan. 2, 2023; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Lincoln’s Birthday; and Presidents Day. 

Park Grounds:

Entrance gates open and close at these times.

  • Summer Hours (On-Season)
    April through October

    7 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily
  • Winter Hours (Off-Season)
    November through March

    7 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily

Park Office hours

  • 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round.

River Hills Visitor Center hours

November and March
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Closed Monday through Friday

April through October
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
Closed Monday and Tuesday

December through February