ALEXANDER RAMSEY PARK AKA “LITTLE YELLOWSTONE OF MINNESOTA”

Who Knew??? A 219 acre municipal park in the City of Redwood Falls is not only the largest city park in the State of Minnesota, but it is nicknamed “Little Yellowstone”.

ALEXANDER RAMSEY PARK SIGN

ALEXANDER RAMSEY PARK SIGN

Alexander Ramsey Park is carved out of the natural woodlands of the Minnesota River Valley and is a favorite spot for community events. I don’t know how many people outside of the local area are even aware that this amazing place exists.  It has campgrounds, hiking paths, scenic overlooks, large shelters for gatherings, and a zoo. One of its more unique features is the number of structures, bridges, walls and stairs that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the 1930s.

The park has five picnic areas and a campground with 31sites with electrical hookups. They are situated near a modern restroom with showers. As a bonus there is also a limited supply of firewood that is free.

There are five picnic areas and if you are planning a large event such as a family reunion there are three shelter houses that can be reserved. The Lower Shelter shown above, the Ramsey Falls Shelter….

Ramsey-Falls-Shelter

And the Zeb Gray Shelter features a scenic overlook of the Redwood River.

Zeb Gray Shelter

Zeb Gray Shelter

Throughout the park there are hiking trails and four miles of paved trails that take you to scenic overlooks .

The suspension bridge is amazing!  I couldn’t locate information as to its length or incline, but it is long and it has a pretty good incline for those of us who are not real active, but if I did it with relative ease it’s doable.  When you reach the plateau at the top of the bridge you will find another set of steps built into the hill.

For the little ones — they are going to love the little zoo.  There are bison, elk, deer, prairie dogs and much more. The surprise was the Albino Deer.

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall…. Alexander Ramsey Park is serenity in a fast-past world .

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