Bluff Happenings

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 12:58 PM | Anonymous

    Saturday, October 19th is our 4th Annual Bluff Color Fest Trail Run/Hike.  New this year is a 3.1 mile run/hike to go along with our 5 mile run/hike and our 10, 15 and 20 mile runs.  All runs/hikes wind there way through the trees and bluffs of Memorial Park and will begin and end on the bluff side of Mississippi National Golf Links parking lot.  Registration is open and can be done on-ling at  Registration may also be done in person on Friday, October 18th or on race day between 6:00-7:00 am in the lower level of he club house at Mississippi National Golf Links.  For more information, go to:  

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 5:18 PM | Anonymous

    Inaugural Gathering to Celebrate Summer
    Tuesday, June 18th from 5:00-7:00 pm
    Memorial Park Upper Quarry

    Please join us as we celebrate the start of summer with a potluck dinner and campfire in the Memorial Park Upper Quarry.  Bring a dish to share and your own dinnerware, Friends of the Bluffs will provide the refreshments.  After dinner take a hike on one of the many trails, play disc golf or bring your mountain bike and go for a ride.       

  • Saturday, March 02, 2019 5:07 PM | Anonymous

    Join us, anytime between sunrise and sunset, on Saturday, April 20th for a hike and more on He Mni Can-Barn Bluff.  This historic bluff is one of the best-known natural features along the upper Mississippi River.  It is significant for its geology and its association with prehistoric and native people.  It is also significant for its association with the exploration of the Upper Mississippi in the early nineteenth century, and for its mid-nineteenth century through present day association with travel, industry, tourism and recreation. 

    Schedule (As of April 13th)

    ·       5:30 am – 8:00 pm - Self-Guided Hikes

    ·       5:30 am – 8:00 pm - He Mni Can-Barn Bluff BINGO

    ·       5:30 am – 8:00 pm - Friends of the Bluffs Earth Day Gnome Hunt

    ·       5:45 am - Ethos Sunrise Yoga on the East Overlook

    ·       8:30 am – Ethos Sandbag Challenge

    ·       8:00-12:00 – City of Red Wing Park Naturalist Booth

    ·       9:00-10:00 am – Park Naturalist Guided Hike

    ·       9:00-12:00 am – YMCA Camp Pepin Bouldering and Rock Climbing Education

    ·       9:00 am - 1:00 pm - City of Red Wing He Mni Can-Barn Bluff Improvement Plan for 2019/2020

    ·       10:00 am -1:00 pm – Goodhue County Historical Society - "If This Bluff Could Talk" - Share your He Mni Can - Barn Bluff Stories.

    ·       10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Cannon River Watershed Partnership - Take the "Clean Water Quiz", Learn How to Keep our Rivers, Lakes and Drinking Water Clean and Win Fabulous Prizes

    ·       10:00 am-1:00 pm – Citizens' Climate Lobby Education Booth

    ·       11:00 am-12:00 - University of Minnesota Raptor Center Program - bring your own chair

    ·       11:30-1:00 pm – Citizens’ Climate Lobby "Climb Up for Climate" Hike and Picture

    ·       1:00-2:00 pm - University of Minnesota Raptor Center Program - bring your own chair

    ·       1:00-3:00 pm – Red Wing Public Library Writers Ink Hike & Write

    ·       2:00-4:00 pm – He Mni Can-Barn Bluff Clean Up

    ·       2:00 pm – 366 Sunrises Project at the Red Wing Conservation Clubhouse

    ·       4:30 pm – He Mni Can-Barn Bluff Trail Fun Run

    Additional environmental activities and programs may be offered throughout the day and will be added as they are recruited.

    Additional Earth Day Events

    *Electric Car Show, hosted by the Red Wing Sustainability Commission outside the Sheldon Theatre from 4-7 pm

    **Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Sheldon Theatre.  Tickets are required and may be purchased at

    ·       10:00-11:00 am – Goodhue County Historical Society Community Show & Tell
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019 6:17 PM | Anonymous

    Join us on Saturday, February 16th

    10:00 AM -12:00 PM

    Memorial Park Snowshoe Trail.

    Meet us at the trail head at Mississippi National Golf Links, bring your own snowshoes or borrow a pair from us. We will have a limited number of children and adults available.

    For the adventurous types, challenge yourself to a time trial format 1 mile snowshoe race. Not interested in snowshoeing, no worries! Lace up your hiking boots and “Take a Hike”. After your walk/hike, enjoy hot chocolate and snacks around the campfire.

  • Saturday, December 22, 2018 12:37 PM | Anonymous

    Start the New Year with a hike on He Mni Can/Barn Bluff to watch the sunrise!  Sunrise is at 7:47 am so we will be meeting at the trailhead off East 5th Street at 7:15 am. Dress for the weather, bring a hiking stick or Nordic Walking Poles in case the trail is icy and your camera to capture the moment.  We will be providing the coffee!  Questions???  Contact David Anderson at  

  • Friday, March 30, 2018 9:31 AM | Anonymous

    Earth Day Events

    Saturday, April 21st

    Earth Day - Hike the Bluff is on!!! The trails are mostly snow-free, but muddy in spots!  Put on your boots, grab your walking stick and come enjoy a hike on the bluff.

    Registration Form

    Sunrise to Sunset – Self-Guided Hikes

    8:00 am – Trail Run with the Red Wing Trail Runners

    8:00 am-12:00 – City of Red Wing “Putting Plans into Action” (Plans for the Bluff, Plans for the Riverfront Trail to Colvill Park and Prairie Restoration Information)

    9:00 am-10:00 am – Goodhue County Historical Society “Pop-Up Museum” (Please bring artifacts and historical pictures to share)

    9:30 am – City of Red Wing Carlson Kiln Tour 

    10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Red Wing Public Library Story Walk

    10:00 am - 2:00 pm - Citizens Climate Lobby

    11:00 am – City of Red Wing Carlson Kiln Tour

    11:00 am-12:00 – Goodhue County Master Gardener “Flowers on the Bluff”

    11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Audubon Minnesota (Mississippi Flyway, Minnesota’s Bird-Friendly Community Program and Kid’s Activity - Great Migration Challenge) Canceled due to illness

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm – Sunrise Lady Ellen Lentsch

    1:00 pm - 3:00 pm – Red Wing Public Library “Walk & Write” (For Young Writers in Grades 5 and up)

    1:00 pm & 3:00 pm – Red Wing Park Naturalist “Guided Hikes”

    Additional Activities:

    Picnic on the Bluff – Gather the family, pack a picnic and enjoy lunch or supper on the overlook or in a Bluff Prairie!

    Geocaching – Friends of the Bluffs will be placing a special Earth Day cache on the bluff for the day.

    He Mni Can/Barn Bluff Bingo – Friends of the Bluffs Keychain/Compass to the first 250 children who complete a bingo.

    We will keep updating this post with additional events and times as other groups join us. Keep checking back or subscribe to our blog to always receive our latest events news.

  • Wednesday, February 28, 2018 8:18 PM | Anonymous

    Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area Work Day

    Saturday, March 3rd
    9:00 am – 12:00pm
    Meet in the Twin Bluff Middle School Parking Lot

    **Friends of the Bluffs and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota will be clearing brush and buckthorn.  Please join us. Coffee, hot chocolate, water, snacks, and lunch
    will be provided.**

  • Saturday, February 17, 2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    2nd Annual Family Snowshoe/Cross-Country Ski/Winter Hike and Campfire

    Where: adjacent to Mississippi National parking lot - bonfire pits

    When: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Other details: A supply of equipment will be available for families to try. If you own your own equipment please bring to use. After snowshoeing, skiing or hiking, families may enjoy a cup of hot chocolate by our campfire.

  • Monday, January 01, 2018 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    **CANCELLED**Join Friends of the Bluffs and create a New Year's day tradition of climbing Barn Bluff at sunrise!

    Date: Jan 1st, 2018

    Time: Start time 7am with an estimated sunrise at 7:47am

    Place:  Barn Bluff Trailhead (off of E 5th Street)

    What to Bring: Dress for weather, sturdy footwear, headlamp or flashlight

    Hot beverage and cameras optional

  • Wednesday, December 20, 2017 6:55 PM | Anonymous

    Pencil us in! We've got lots of ways for you to enjoy the bluffs.

     Tent. Planned Date Event 
     Jan. 1  News Year Day Sunrise Hike
     Feb. 10  Family Snowshoe/X-Country Ski/Hike & Campfire at Mississippi National
     Mar. 11  Barn Bluff Trailhead Clean Up
     Apr. 21  Hike Barn Bluff Earth Day Challenge
     May 12  Billings-Tomfohr Conservation Area Trail Maintenance Morning
     June 14  Barn Bluff Maintenance Night
     Oct. 13  Third Annual Bluff Color Fest - Trail Run, Mountain Bike Race and more
     Nov. 23  Friends of the Bluffs - Three Bluff Challenge

    Watch this blog for more details as event dates come closer. 

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