An autumn prairie view is stunning enough, but add a herd of Minnesota bison and that view becomes spectacular. Ninety-minute weekend-only prairie and bison tours continue through Oct. 21 at Blue Mounds State Park in southwestern Minnesota. A special tour truck will take visitors into the prairie to see the bison.
Same-day tickets can be purchased at the Park Office until 15 minutes before the tour starts. Reservations are recommended. Visitors are reminded that October days can be chilly and that the tour truck is open air, so dress for the weather.
The tours take place at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and teens age 13 and older, and $6 for children age four to 12. Children under four years of age are not permitted on the tour truck due to safety restrictions. A vehicle permit is needed to enter Minnesota state parks. The cost is $7 per day, or $35 per year for unlimited visits to all the state parks.
In the event of severe weather, rain or poor trail conditions, the tour will be cancelled. Check the park website for visitor alerts the day of the tour.
For more information on the tour and the park, go to mndnr.gov/bluemounds. To make a reservation, call 866-857-2757.