Blue Mounds State Park

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1410 161st St, Luverne, MN, USA
Blue Mounds State Park - Sioux Quartizite outcroppings
Blue Mounds State Park - rock quarry
Blue Mounds State Park - Prairie Smoke up close
Blue Mounds State Park - Sioux Quartizite in the bathroom!
Blue Mounds State Park - steps up to observation tower
Blue Mounds State Park - bison enclosure
Blue Mounds State Park - interpretive center

Blue Mounds State Park Luverne Reviews

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prarie, rock climbing, bison, swimming... Jun 08, 2009
Blue Mounds State Park is named for the nearly 100 foot high cliff of pink Sioux quartzite that appears as a blue mound from a distance. This park covers about 1500 acres of prairie and has a bison herd, rock quarry, interpretive center, rock climbing, camping, swimming and 15 miles of hiking trails.

I stopped here for the hiking club trail and geocaching. The hiking club trail ended up being a 6.6 mile loop through the prairie, along the bison enclosure, to an interpretive center 2 miles away, along the quartzite cliff and quarry back, then around the lake and wetland and through the campground. Whew! The bison were far away so no good photos of them.

The interpretive center is a nice building with one wall built into the quartzite. There are nice displays on the wildlife and culture of the park. You can walk up a viewing tower for views of three states – Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. There is also a small library up there. Near the interpretive center is a rock alignment where rocks were placed by humans in a straight line that lines up with the equinoxes. It is hard to get a good view or photo of them, but you can walk along them. You can get to the visitor center by driving, or hiking 2 miles from the beach.

You can hike along the top of the rock cliff for an overview of the rock quarry, or along the bottom. Rock climbing is available by permit. There is a swimming beach on the small lake with changing rooms, but no lifeguard. The campground has over 70 sites plus some cart in sites and a group camp. About half of the park is off limits because it is in the enclosed bison range.

Entrance to the park requires a $5 daily fee or $25 annual permit.
rock quarry
bison enclosure
Prairie Smoke up close
Sioux Quartizite outcroppings
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