Sacred Space

The mounds preserved here are considered sacred by many Americans, especially the Monument's 20 culturally associated American Indian tribes. A visit offers opportunities to contemplate the meanings of the mounds and the people who built them. The 200 plus American Indian mounds are located in one of the most picturesque sections of the Upper Mississippi River Valley.

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Fire Point

Autumn color from Fire Point

Fall coloration requires 2 climatic conditions: warm sunny days followed by cool nights in the forties. The colors are starting to change.

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Summer Events

2015 Events

Once spring and summer begin there will be many activities including hikes, Junior Ranger events and moonlight hikes

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Guide to Fire Point Trail

Fire Point Trail

The most popular trail in the monument is a 2 mile trail that winds through the sacred mounds and along the cliffs of the Mississippi River.

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Establishment of Effigy Mounds National Monument

Ellison Orr

Ellison Orr was a local, self taught archeoligist who was instrumental in the creation of Effigy Mounds.

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Final General Management Plan Released

The General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Effigy Mounds National Monument will set the tone for the park for 15 to 20 years.

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