Blue Mounds State Park

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Blue Mounds State Park is located in the Southern Prairie region in the southwestern corner of the state near Luverne and Pipestone.

Blue Mounds State Park

How to Get to Blue Mounds State Park:

From the town of Luverne, go north 4 miles on Minnesota Hwy. 75. Turn east on County Road 20 and go 1 mile to the park entrance.

Park Highlights:

  • Minnesota's "Stonehenge," which is a 1,250-foot-long line of rocks, marks where the sun rises and sets during the spring and fall equinoxes. Some believe these were aligned by Plains Indians; however, no one really knows who created this mysterious display.
  • A herd of more than 100 buffalo graze in the park. You can watch a buffalo round-up every fall.
  • Four park structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One of these was once the home of plains novelist Fredrick Manfred.
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Blue Mounds’ Natural Attractions:

A huge outcropping of Sioux Quartzite bedrock, nearly 100 feet tall, ends in a 1.5-mile-long cliff and is one of the best places for rock climbing in Minnesota. The quartzite, though pink in color, is said to have appeared blue from a distance to early settlers.

The park has some patches of Minnesota’s remaining tall grass prairie. In early summer you will see a few flowering prickly pear cactus plants. Two dams on Mound Creek form the two lakes in the park. Years ago, thousands of trees were planted around the lakes.

Things to Do in Blue Mounds State Park:

Hike to the top of the mound, which rises 100 feet from the surrounding landscape. A hiking permit is required. You can fish in the lakes and enjoy the swimming beach at the campground. There is an interpretive center, a children’s playground, 14 picnic sites, and a picnic shelter.

Thirteen miles of hiking trails will take you through fields, along the stream, and to the top of the mound. A bike trail connects the park to the town of Luverne. Snowmobiling is permitted on six miles of trail in winter.

Camping in Blue Mounds State Park:

The main campground is situated in a shady grove of maples and oaks. Or choose one of the more private cart-in campsites. There are 73 tent and RV sites; 40 with electric hookup, 14 cart-in sites, and 1 hike-in group site that can accommodate up to 75 people. Amenities include fresh water (except at cart-in sites), picnic tables, fire rings, grills, showers, flush and vault toilets, and a dump station.



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More Attractions in This Region:

Visit Luverne's many museums and galleries. Watch a movie at the Verne Drive-In Theater. Come in June for Buffalo Days.

Highway 75 north of the park will take you to Pipestone and Pipestone National Monument. The ornate town buildings were constructed with the red Sioux Quartzite quarried in the area. Pipestone National Monument is one of Minnesota’s Native Americans’ most sacred places.

Watch Dakota artists carve pipes, bowls, and more, and purchase items in the gift shop. 

Other State Parks in This Region of Minnesota: Split Rock Creek State Park > Lake Shetek State Park > Camden State Park

Contact:

1410 161st Street
Luverne, MN 56156
Phone: 507-283-1307
Fax: 507-283-1306
Email: bluemounds.statepark@state.mn.us


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