Blue Mounds State Park RV & Campground Guide
The Blue Mounds State Park is located less than four hours southwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The park offers fascinating geological formations, such as the Sioux Quartzite cliff that juts 100 feet straight up from the prairie. You'll also see plenty of wildlife, including the Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd. Seasonally, the park explodes with wildflowers, and you'll always see miles of sweeping prairie grass. At the park, you can enjoy hiking and rock climbing. While nearby small towns such as Luverne offer a few restaurants and small grocery stores, the closest city to get supplies you might need is Sioux Falls, SD, which is a 40-minute drive from the park.
RV Resorts & Campsites in Blue Mounds State Park
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Adrian's Municipal Campground
Adrian's Municipal Campground is owned by the city of Adrian and offers a ton of amenities. All 121 sites have 50-, 30-, or 20-amp electric hookups, water hookups, and free Wi-Fi. Some spots also offer sewer and/or cable TV, and there is a dump station on the property. You might not have time to enjoy the cable or internet because you'll be too busy playing horseshoes, volleyball, basketball, baseball, gaga ball, or life-size chess or checkers. There is also a professionally designed 18-hole disc golf course on the premises, so you'll never be bored at Adrian's Municipal Campground.
Red Barn RV Park
This older park offers lots of shade under the mature trees. Located in Tea, SD, Red Barn RV Park offers 76 full hookup sites with either 50- or 20-amp power. Pets are allowed at this campground, and it offers laundry, showers, restrooms, wireless internet, cable TV, swimming pool, horseshoes, and golf. The on-site clubhouse also has a game hall.
Tower Campground in Sioux Falls is a kid- and pet-friendly campground that offers pull-through sites and full hookups with 50- or 30-amp power. Premium sites have a brick fireplace and a free bundle of wood. Pull-through sites start at $46.75 per night, and back-in spots start at $42.08 per night. Tower offers nightly, weekly, and monthly rates. It has a kids' play area and its own dog park as well as laundry, restrooms, and shower facilities. The campground is shaded by beautiful mature trees.
River's Bend Campground
With two catch-and-release fishing ponds and a swimming pond with a sand beach, River's Bend Campground has plenty to offer. This municipal campground has back-in sites with 50-amp power, and some sites have water and sewer hookups. There is a dump station on-site. In addition to the ponds, recreational amenities include access to an award-winning trail system, playground, volleyball and basketball courts, and a driving range that you get to via a trail. Full hookup sites start at $25 per night or just $17 per night for electricity only.
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Blue Mounds State Park
Inside Blue Mounds State Park
While the bison herd is a large draw to the park, other wildlife such as elk, wolves, and prairie chickens abound. You may not associate cactus with Minnesota, but Blue Mounds State Park is one of a few spots in the Gopher State where the prickly pear grows, so visit late June or July to see them in bloom. In late summer, the wildflowers put on a colorful show, and the park is a haven for native tallgrass such as the blue-stem grasses that grow to 7 feet tall. You'll find lots of different kinds of trails in the park, including self-guided hikes, paved bike trails, and snowmobile trails. If you enjoy bird-watching, a number of unusual birds frequent the park, so be sure to download the bird checklist.
How to Get to
Blue Mounds State Park
Blue Mounds State Park is located just 1 mile off U.S. Highway 75. To get there, you'll take Interstate 90. When you get to Luverne, turn north onto Highway 75 and go 6.2 miles. Turn east on 161st street, and that will take you to the park.
Entering Blue Mounds State Park
A one-day vehicle permit is good for 24 hours, so it includes overnight camping. The park is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Blue Mounds State Park One-day vehicle permit : $7.0
Blue Mounds State Park Year-round vehicle permit : $35.0
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Frequently Asked Questions About Blue Mounds State Park
While most mammals in the park are timid, you may still catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer, red fox, cottontail rabbit, flying squirrel, opossum, harvest mouse or prairie mole. Ruffed grouse, red-tailed hawks and ovenbirds are also common finds.
Blue Mounds State Park has 77 campsites with hookups, picnic tables and fire rings. A dump station is located at the entrance to the campground. Visitors also have access to modern flush toilets and showers.
Blue Mounds State Park only requires reservations during the winter. You can camp at any time during the rest of the year without one. The reservation fee is $7.95 when you use the park's website.
Dogs are permitted at Blue Mounds State Park. They must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times when outside of your vehicle. Only service animals are allowed to access the rustic cabin.
Several camping sites are accessible with hard-surface paths and accessible fire rings. These sites are close to the barrier-free bathrooms and showers. The accessible rustic cabin is designed for easy use by those with wheelchairs.
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