Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

Park Information

As of Friday, June 5, 2020, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is open for the public with recommended safety precautions and social distancing measures in place. Tours are offered by appointment only at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. To schedule a tour, call the park office at least 24 hours in advance. Tour participants will be limited. For more information on the health and safety measures in place, visit https://mostateparks.com/response.

With a commanding view from atop a bluff, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is one of the best representations of early 20th Century sensibilities in the Midwest. Walk through the 31-room, 12,000-square-foot lodge built atop two natural caves by Sedalia lawyer John Homer Bothwell. You will marvel at the owner’s eclectic tastes and how a country gentlemen furnished a recreational lodge for himself and his friends. Most of the furnishings in the house are original. The property also has a 3-mile hiking and mountain biking trail.

Park Hours

Historic Site Grounds

8 a.m. to sunset, year-round

Bothwell Lodge hours

Tour Hours

Temporary hours June 5 through June 30, 2020

  • Tours available by 24 hour advance appointment only 
  • Reservations available for 11 a.m, 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Friday through Sunday

April through Sept. 15 (On-Season) 

  • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, Thursday through Saturday (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
  • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)

Sept. 16 through March (Off-Season)

  • Sept. 16 through Dec. 14

    10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday through Saturday and holiday Mondays (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
    11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)

  • Dec. 15 through February
    Tours are available by appointment only on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday Mondays. Visitors should call the site at 660-827-0510 to schedule a tour.

  • March
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday through Saturday and holiday Mondays (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
    11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday (last tour begins at 3 p.m.)

  • Tours unavailable Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's days

Historic Site Office hours

Summer Hours (On-Season)

  • April 1 through Sept. 15
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, Thursday through Saturday
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

Winter Hours (Off-Season)

  • Sept. 16 through March 31
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday and holiday Mondays
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday
    Closed Monday through Thursday
    Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years days