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Hike by candlelight at Blue Mounds Jan. 27

Minnesota state parks will host candlelight events across the state this winter, including one at Blue Mounds State Park on Saturday, Jan. 27.

Drop by any time between 5:30 and 8 p.m. for hiking among candles in the snow as stars twinkle overhead.

“Candlelight events are a magical way to experience parks and trails,” said Ann Pierce, director of Minnesota state parks and trails.

“On a cold winter’s night, there’s something beautiful about the flicker of candles. Plus, being active outside in winter is a great way to beat cabin fever. Bundle up and come join us on a candlelit trail.”

The self-guided 1.75-mile trail starts at the Picnic Area and is suitable for beginner-level hikers of all ages.

Stop by the Picnic Shelter to wrap up the evening with a cup of hot cocoa and a cookie near a crackling bonfire.

For weather-related event updates, call 507-283-6050 or check visitor alerts at

Blue Mounds Park staff would like to encourage carpooling to the event.


Get vehicle permits online ahead of time

A vehicle permit is required to enter Minnesota state parks and recreation areas. The DNR recommends buying permits in advance at or on the Yodel app.

The cost is $7 per day, or $35 for a year-round permit.


Find more candlelight events online

Other candlelight events will take place throughout the state in January and February, offering a variety of terrain and scenery.

For the complete schedule and details, visit

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