Blue Mounds State Park

Luverne, Minnesota

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When French explorers first came to the area known as Minnesota, this is one of the regions that impressed them enough to give it a name, Couteau des Prairies, or “Highlands of the Prairies.” And the mound is impressive at a distance, as it rises nearly 100 feet off the flat surrounding landscape, taking on a bluish tint in the evening. The park offers more than just the mound’s blue tint; you can get a panoramic view of three states, buffalo roaming the prairie (behind a fence), and what is believed to be a prehistoric stonehenge. The mound is made of pink to purplish Sioux quartzite, estimated to be about 1.5 billion years old. The most striking feature of the mound is the bluff on the eastern side that runs for 1.5 miles and rises 90 feet.
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by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)

When French explorers first came to the area known as Minnesota, this is one of the regions that impressed them enough to give it a name, Couteau des Prairies, or “Highlands of the Prairies.” And the mound is impressive at a distance, as it rises nearly 100 feet off the flat surrounding landscape, taking on a bluish tint in the evening. The park offers more than just the mound’s blue tint; you can get a panoramic view of three states, buffalo roaming the prairie (behind a fence), and what is believed to be a prehistoric stonehenge.

The mound is made of pink to purplish Sioux quartzite, estimated to be about 1.5 billion years old. The most striking feature of the mound is the bluff on the eastern side that runs for 1.5 miles and rises 90 feet.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Luverne
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 234 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Trailhead Elevation: 1,650 feet
Top Elevation: 1,700 feet
Local Contacts: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, 800-652-9747
Local Maps: State park trail map; USGS quad: Luverne.
Driving Directions: Directions to Blue Mounds State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

8/7/2008
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Blue Mound State Park offers terriffic prairie hiking. The park gets its name from the quartzite cliffs which appeared blue to westbound pioneers. Here is one of the few places you will see cactus in Minnesota.



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