Where to go: Begin your color tour of Sibley State Park at the Trail Center (lower level of the Interpretive Center) where you will find a nice park trail map. The trailhead of most park trails is also found in this area of Sibley. From there, hike or drive to Mt. Tom for a panoramic view of Sibley and surrounding area. A hike on the Mt. Tom trail will take you through woodlands, hills, prairies and near Lake Andrew, and will provide a glimse of leaf and wildflower color.
What you'll see: The leaf color change is past the peak for 2014 at Sibley. There are red oak and aspens still providing color, and that should last for another few weeks. Beyond that, the woods and prairies take on a variety of earth tone colors that provide a subtle beauty.
Also of interest: Fishing can be very good in Lake Andrew in the fall, and there are many other beautiful lakes in Kandiyohi County to try fishing or go for a paddle. The Glacial Ridge Scenic Byway is a great color route for those wanting to take a motor tour, and it passes right through Sibley! Migratory birds, including waterfowl and birds of prey will be moving through on any given day, so bring binoculars!Last updated: October 20, 2014
Canít decide between a one-day or year-round park permit? The DNR has a special offer that can help. Start by purchasing a one-day permit for $5 and visit as many state parks as possible. After visiting the state parks, trade in the one-day permit by the end of that day and get $5 off the purchase of a year-round permit. Year-round permits, which cost $25, provide unlimited access to all 76 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas for a full year from the month of purchase.
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800 Sibley Park Road Northeast
From St. Cloud, take State Hwy 23 to New London, then State Hwy 9 west to County Rd. 40. Then go west on County Rd. 40. Go one mile north on 71 to park entrance.
From Willmar, take US Hwy 71 north, 15 miles to the park entrance.
Best time to contact the park:
Winter: Generally, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Hours are limited due to staffing.
Office hours may vary. Please call ahead or leave a message.