Blue Mounds Biking and Hiking Trail

Blue Mounds State Park, Minnesota 56134

Elevation Gain204ft
Trailhead Elevation1,524ft
Elevation Min/Max1450/1529ft
Elevation Start/End1524/1524ft

Blue Mounds Biking and Hiking Trail

Blue Mounds Biking & Hiking Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Luverne, Minnesota. It is within Blue Mounds State Park. It is 3.4 miles long and begins at 1,524 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 204 feet. The Trail/Park parking is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Cliffline Trail.

Blue Mounds Biking & Hiking Trail Professional Reviews and 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."

"Beautiful prairie, blue mounds that are actually pink sandstone cliffs rising 100 feet off the flat prairie landscape, and a sizable bison herd are points of interest at Blue Mounds State Park in southwestern Minnesota where annual park attendance is more than 93,000 visits.

This is one of many areas where the plains Indians of the 1800s depended on bison for survival. Bison were plentiful then as they roamed the endless prairies where food was abundant. Wolves, elk, and prairie chickens shared this ecosystem more than 200 years ago. Today, bison, a few coyotes, and some white-tailed deer roam the park."

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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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Trail Information

Blue Mounds State Park
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Blue Mounds State Park
Blue Mounds State Park, Luverne, MN; (507) 283-1307; Department of Natural Resources, Information Center, St. Paul, MN; (651) 296-6157 or (888) 646-6367 (only in MN);
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Jul 2018