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.To visit Blue Mounds State Park and get the most from your holiday in Luverne, create itinerary details personal to you using our Luverne visit planning tool.
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.
Blue Mounds State Park reviews
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.
Plan your trip to Luverne
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Luverne
Side trips from Luverne
Trips to Blue Mounds State Park by other users
3 days in Pipestone BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers Winnewissa Falls Pipestone National Monument 17 days in Sioux City BY A USER FROM CANADA Sergeant Floyd River Museum and Welcome Center Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Spirit of Siouxland Statue 16 days in Southern Minnesota BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Red Wing Winona Harmony 17 days in Sioux Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Children's Museum of South Dakota Ingalls Homestead - Laura's Living Prairie Tuthill Park 17 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Council Bluffs Minden Fort Collins 17 days in Sioux Falls BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Old Courthouse Museum St. Joseph Cathedral Pettigrew Home & Museum