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Blue Mounds State Park, Luverne

#37 of 141 in Nature in Minnesota
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Blue Mounds State Park is a state park of Minnesota, USA, in Rock County near the town of Luverne. It protects an American bison herd which grazes on one of the state's largest prairie remnants.

The state park is named after a linear escarpment of Precambrian Sioux Quartzite bedrock, which although pink in color, is said to have appeared blueish in the distance to early settlers. Parts of the cliff are up to 100 feet (30 m) high. Unusual in the surrounding prairie landscape, they are a popular site for rock climbing.

The park also preserves a 1,250-foot-long (380 m) line of rocks aligned by Plains Indians which marks where the sun rises and sets on the spring and fall equinoxes. It also has a small reservoir for swimming, the only lake in Rock County. The park's interpretive center was once the home of the author Frederick Manfred.

Four structures and one building in the park, built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Came to park in March because the weather was beautiful for Minnesota. Did the loop hike up to the bison range on the Mound Trail. Bison were pretty far away but we had binoculars. You can see for...  more »
  • I visited on a cold winter day and no one was in the park. Had the bison all to myself. They are close so be very careful  more »
  • A great place to hike and bike. I highly recomend taking the instructional tour early in your stay. A naturalist takes you out on a tour vehicle and talks about the prairie plants and the bison. I really liked it and most importantly the children loved it.
  • We camped Thursday to Sunday and had 3 sites for our group. We loved it here and plan to go back again. Good sized sites. It was busy the last weekend in July but wasn't a problem with noise or any other campers.

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