In 2019 on our way back from Wyoming, we knew making it all the way home would be a bit too long of a drive. We were lucky to find Blue Mounds State Park as a welcome respite on our travels, and returned this year on our way back to Wyoming.
Blue Mounds is a great first or last stop on your way out West. Finding good campgrounds between Minneapolis and Wyoming for us proved to be a challenge, so cutting off a few+ hours of the drive on the way to/from and having time to relax in a great spot has been a great find for us!
Travel Time: Approximately 3 1/2 hours from Minneapolis.
- This place is a firefly watchers dream! Literally the place glows at night with more fireflies than you have ever seen.
- Great short hiking trails that take you by Bison.
- Bison. Not your daily walk ~ The Minnesota Bison Conservation Herd roams right next to the hiking trails.
- Biking? We are usually on our way through for one night, so have not explored biking here, but there are gravel roads in the abundant farmland surrounding Blue Mounds State Park. If you go and find some good routes - let us know!
Site 13. 2019
Site 51. 2020
Map found here
We have stayed in the first and third loops. On our 2020 trip we were at site 51 ~ this loop and the outer (North) side of the loop is by far our favorite loop.
Site 51 views.
There is no one behind you and the view is of a farm field. Our picks would be sites 48-53 and 11-13.
The view from the hiking trail near the Bison.
Ready for the firefly show to start!
Additional Campground Info:
- Reservations recommended (this place does fill up on the weekend with both Minnesotans, and people passing through on cross-country trips).
- DNR approved Firewood available at the entrance office where you check in.
- Drinking Water is good quality and easily available.
- Shower and restroom facilities (we have only used our camper facilities here).
- Electrical hookup sites are available. [*Tip: Since we have solar power and are fully equipped to camp off-the-grid, we typically stay at non-electric sites - they are usually the best sites!]
- Dump Station.
- If you need gas, restaurant options, etc. the well-kept town of Luverne is on your way in/out of Blue Mounds to get to the interstate.
This is part of our Bighorn National Forest Scouting Notes. For additional places we stayed, go to: