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Visiting Blue Mounds State Park outside of Siouxland, Luverne, MN

13 Dec
Taking a stroll on one of the trails at Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I always like taking road trips to places I have not yet visited, even when the destination lands me outside of the Siouxland region. There is so much to see, and photograph, no matter where one travels.

Earlier this year I made a trip to the Blue Mounds State Park in southern Minnesota. Not a long drive and a very pleasant place to visit with enough trails and interesting rock formations because of the granite found within the park. I didn’t ask but assumed the granite was quarried in earlier centuries to use in construction of local buildings, but which is now part of and within the state park.

Granite used to be quarried for surrounding regional buildings in earlier days seen at Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Granite outcroppings are found throughout the Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The park is surrounded primarily by farmland, and is home to remnants of original Minnesota prairie. There is also a heard of bison that live within the park’s boundaries but evidently are shy when it comes to visitors.

Farmland surrounds Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Farmland surrounds is seen from a hilltop at the Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Bison graze on land of the Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I tried to time my visit for fall colors at the park, but that type of venture anywhere is always hit and miss. There hadn’t really been much of a cold snap even though there had been some brisk, cold nights. But the park has the makings of some nice foliage if it ever cooperates and one gets lucky to visit on such a day. Walking the trails was just a nice way to spend part of a day and when at some of the higher points in the park, nice vistas. There is also a visitor’s center, but it was closed for the season. Another reason to go back sometime between Memorial Day and Labor Day when there might be more park activity. Time will tell.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Signage for hiking trails at the Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Frederick Manfred was an early proponent for the Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Visitors center at the Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Groves of trees and prairie grass and granite is seen throughout the Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Farmland surrounding the Blue Mounds State Park is seen from atop a hill within the park, situated near Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Farmland surrounds is seen from a hilltop at the Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne, MN Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
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