Prairie and Bison Tour

Prairie tour vehicle at Blue Mounds State Park

 
 

Overview

Travel into the bison range at Blue Mounds State Park on the one and a half hour long Prairie and Bison Tour where you can experience the sights and smells of the prairie! Learn more about bison, their history, and what makes the bison at Blue Mounds State Park so special on this educational tour! Bison are wild and unpredictable and may not be visible along the tour route or may be as close as 75 feet.

Rates, schedule, and reservations

Rates

  • Adults (ages 13+): $10
  • Youth (ages 4-12): $6

*Youth 4-8 years old are required to use a booster seat.

**No youth under 4 years old permitted on the vehicle due to safety restrictions.
A vehicle permit is required to enter all Minnesota state parks. ($7/day or $35/year).

2019 Tour schedule

Summer tours

Tours will begin Memorial Day and run through Labor Day 2019.

  • Thursday: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am, 11:00 am

Special Tour Schedules for Memorial Day (May 27th) and Labor Day (September 2nd)

  • Friday: 11:00 am, 2:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 2:00 pm
  • Monday: 9:00 am, 11:00 am

Reservations

Reservations will open May 1st, 2019, and are recommended. Refunds will not be available for late or no-show ticket holders.

Important! Reserved tickets must be picked up at the Park Office on the day of the tour at least 15 minutes prior to the tour departure time.

Visit https://reservemn.usedirect.com/MinnesotaWeb/ or call 866-857-2757 to make reservations.

Same-day tickets

Tickets can be purchased at the park-office from opening until 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour time. Reservations recommended.

What to expect

  • Tours are 1.5 hours long
  • Holds 12 passengers 4 years of age or older
  • Vehicle is open-sided – dress for the weather
  • Bison are wild and unpredictable and may not be visible along the tour route or may be as close as 75 feet
  • Route is off-road and bumpy - may cause sickness
  • Pets, emotional support, or therapy animals are not allowed - service animals welcome.

Be prepared

  • Prescription glasses, sunglasses, or safety glasses must be worn on the vehicle – safety glasses are available to borrow.
  • Children 4 to 8 years must use a booster seat – some are available to borrow.
  • Tours will be canceled in severe weather, heavy rainfall, or if trail conditions are poor.
  • Water is allowed in a closed container but no other food or drinks.
  • No monopods and tripods.
  • Leave tobacco and vapor products in your vehicle.
  • Use restrooms before boarding -- trip is 1.5 hours long.

Accessibility information

The tour vehicle is equipped with a lift and can accommodate one wheelchair per tour. Please notify the park if you wish to use the lift or would like to use the wheelchair accessible spot at 507-283-6050.

Getting to the park

GPS directions to the park are unreliable and may lead you to the incorrect entrance for tour check-in. Check in for tours is located at the park office on 161st/County Road 20. Tours are inaccessible from the interpretive center or climbing parking lots.

  • North from interstate 90: The park office is 5.5 miles north from exit 12.
  • South from Pipestone, Minnesota: 21 miles south on Highway 75.

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The Prairie and Bison Tour is made possible with funding from the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund and the Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.