Fall is a great time for a visit to Minneopa State Park.

Assistant park manager Todd Dailey said visitors should keep in mind that bison range hours are shortened in the fall, “Which is essentially due to the fact that the sun sets a little bit earlier so we need to keep the bison, the animals, safe.”

Right now the bison range is open 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The range is closed on Wednesdays.

There is, of course, no guarantee that visitors will spot the bison on the range, but Dailey explained that there is a better chance this time of year because, “With fall comes reduced vegetation on the range, so it does make it a lot easier to see them once the leaves start falling off the trees. The leaves will fall off the sumac that’s out on the prairie. It does create better viewing for people.”

Dailey reminds visitors to stay in their vehicles when driving through the bison range, for their own safety and that of the animals.

The bison are, of course, one of the most popular draws to the park but Dailey said there are other great reasons to visit this time of year. “We’ve got a lot of fall colors that are starting to pop out now. Weekdays, weekends are going to be incredibly busy for us out here with the changing of the season. It’s just an exciting time to get outside.”