Swinging Bridge at Alexander Ramsey Park

Checking off Alexander Ramsey Park from the ExploreMN CheckPoint Challenge

Last updated on May 7th, 2017

Whenever there I find a list or a challenge, I’m in the backgrounds trying to figure out how I can manage to complete it. So when Explore MN started their checkpoints challenge, I had to see how many I could find. Looking at my calendar and the locations, a few would be easy. Like the Prince Mural in Chanhassen. But the swinging bridge at Alexander Ramsey Park was going to be an adventure that was doable. Give me a frozen waterfall and a swing bridge and I’m game!

The CheckPoint Challenge

Explore Minnesota is sponsoring the Checkpoint MN challenge. The goal hit up all 10 checkpoints at different iconic Minnesota locations. For each checkpoint, make sure to get a selfie. Tag yourself on social media with #OnlyinMN and #CheckpointMN. Each location will get you 1 point. Each point will allow you to buy an item on their store. The prizes are good too! The contest runs December 15th – Feb 12th, so make sure to get out there if you haven’t already.

Getting There

Driving to our first checkpoint was half the fun. Every direction in MN you travel you will see something new. The checkpoint was straight west of us, so we got our coffees, loaded up the kids and pointed the car west.  Along the way, we found a Solar Farm and past a few smaller towns.  One thing that I love about these towns is their appreciation for the Arts. Many towns had painted huge murals on their brick faces. It was amazing to see.

The town of Redwood Falls was no exception. Not only did they have murals, but a Sherman Tank in the park. My husband got excited about that one. If you are coming from the west, there were several signs directing you to the Alexander Ramsey Park. Resist those. Stick with GPS’s coordinates. They will bring you to the main park entrance. The others take you to their campground and scenic overlooks.

Getting to the falls in winter can be a little trickier. One problem we faced as the amount of ice on the road. The path to the waterfall was well worn and ice free. To make things a little more fun, the road is narrow and winds down a hill. This made taking any side stops completely out of the question. I’m sure in a couple weeks; the terrain will be complexity different. We did pull into one parking lot and almost got stuck. I would love to have gotten the opportunity to explore more, but we were not prepared to do ice hiking with the kids.

Clift Side of Alexander Ramsey Park

Alexander Ramsey Park

The great part was, we were able to get a stunning view of the waterfall. This time of year the falls were half frozen. You could still make out the water flowing through the ice. The bridge was a short way away down the path. Below the swinging bridge is a small stream that feeds into the river. I can assure you the bridge does swing even though it may be completely coated in ice.

In reality, I would love to stay I will be hitting up all the checkpoints. But some need overnight visits and a couple days off work. That’s just not in the cards right now. For now, I’m just excited that I got to see the one at Alexander Ramsey Park.

Falls at Alexander Ramsey Park



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Checking in at Alexander Ramsey Park Swing Bridge with #CheckpointMN.

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  • Reply Hra January 5, 2017 at 3:36 am

    I love Alexander Ramsey Park 🙂 You have beautiful photos !! Thanks for sharing with us !! Happy New Year

    • Reply Jenn January 5, 2017 at 6:23 am

      Thanks Hra. The park is georgous.

  • Reply Ance Antovska January 5, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Beautiful photos the park looks great and the waterfall and snow it’s amazing.

    • Reply Jenn January 5, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Ance, we had fun with our camera!

  • Reply neha January 5, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Nothing beats the sight of fresh snow for me. I am feeling jealous of you…thanks for sharing the info..I didn’t know of this place, I will plan to visit here

    • Reply Jenn January 5, 2017 at 11:43 am

      There are so many people affraid of the snow, it’s refreshing to see some that apprecitates it as much as I do. Enjoy your visit!

  • Reply Sandra Crespo January 5, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Wow this looks beautiful! I have to add it to our to do list when we are in that state! Our goal is to travel the rest of the US this year!!! Last year we covered 18 states so I just added this to my list I keep of places to check out! TY for sharing <3

    • Reply Jenn January 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      18 states is very impressive! I’m happy when I get out a couple times. Good luck!

  • Reply Alexandra January 6, 2017 at 12:52 am

    Great post and beautifull photos

    • Reply Jenn January 6, 2017 at 6:18 am

      Thanks Alexandra!

  • Reply Jenni Petrey January 6, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Wow, it looks like a really beautiful place. Would you believe if I said that I have never been to snow? Living in Australia, there’s not too many places with snow in Winter. The challenge sounded great too, what a great way to see your area.

    • Reply Jenn January 6, 2017 at 6:21 am

      I’d loved to see Australia some day. I don’t think I could ever liver there though. I would miss the snow to much. I’m glad you enjoyed the little glimps of snow I could give you. 🙂

  • Reply Chasinf Potatoes January 6, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Such a beautiful place. I love all your pictures. I wish I can experience snow too. In our country we only have two seasons. Hahaha. Anyway, thank you so much for sharing. ?

    • Reply Jenn January 6, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Roger Wellington (www.wetnoseescapades.com) January 6, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Sooooo pretty! I don’t like walking on the snow because it freezes my paws, but I love looking at it! I would love to visit this place in the near future.

    Roger Wellington

    • Reply Jenn January 6, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      You just need a pair of booties. My dog loved them 🙂

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