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Luverne - Blue Mounds State Park

1410 161st Street

Blue Mounds State Park is full of natural surprises. Start with the Sioux quartzite cliff, rising 100 feet from the plains. A bison herd grazes on the prairie. Prickly pear cactus blooms in June and July. A sea of prairie grasses and flowers sway in the wind. The park is also a favorite for birdwatchers who want to see nesting blue grosbeaks and other birds. Enjoy camping and hiking.


Dennis Tjaden

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Hiked the trail little wet on the return side of the butte or bluff. In May weather can change quickly windy, no rain and saw the herd of Buffalo lots if young. Nice trek.

Me You

Friday, April 6, 2018
Beautiful! Could not drink the water, but gave out gallon jugs to campers. We stayed in teepee and the family had a great time. Bathrooms weren't too far, were clean, but no lights so bring a flashlight. Bison are a must see and came right up to viewing platform. Good time had by all.

Ryan Tellberg

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Beautiful park and bison. We only hiked a fraction of the trails here ( 1 mile loop ) and we look forward to venturing through the southern portion of the park when it gets nicer out. We also enjoyed the wayside chapel just to the south of the entrance to the park as it is a serene place.

Jacob deJong

Friday, May 4, 2018
My Aussie and I loved this place! Really cool interpretative center that used to be private home

Alecia Breeggemann

Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017
Pros: Beautiful walking trails (with cacti!), close sightings of buffalo, fun climbing areas for kids and some ranger activities. Also a nice bike path that goes into town (about 6 miles from the campground). Unexpectedly there were some very cute stores in town as well. Cons: It was well advertised before arrival, but the no water situation would make tent camping difficult especially, and not being able to shower at the campground is unfortunate. The bathrooms work and are nice but you can't wash your hands. It didn't sound like the dam is going to be rebuilt so this will probably be a long term issue. This is my primary reason for lowering the rating although the rate is cheaper than other places because of it. Note for people filling up in town: the water is behind the baseball field. At first we didn't go all the way back because we were afraid we wouldn't be able to turn around if we were in the wrong spot. The website said there would be signs but we didn't see any. I don't remember a playground near the campground either, which would have been very appreciated by my kids. They stayed busy climbing rocks and biking though. The other downside is there wasn't a lot of space or privacy between sites, at least compared to other state parks we've visited.

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