Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve
Mounds upon mounds, most six-to-eight-feet tall, spread uniformly across hundreds of prairie acres, creating an otherworldly effect whose origins are yet understood. Follow the interpretive trail and ponder the mysterious landscape for yourself. Birders will find plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing at this preserve.
The wide mounds dot the landscape in an almost perfect, repetitive pattern akin to the reverse divots of a golf-ball. A mound-shaped observation deck allows you to gaze above the mounds to get a better feel for the magnitude and scope of the mounds as they extend across numerous acres. Theories abound to explain these unique mounds ranging from giant gophers, to alien sightings, to volcanic-inducing vibrations and harmonics that ’sifted’ various soils and minerals to the surface of the land.
- Interpretive Signage
Sculpted by Water, Fire and Ice
The Central Cascades has seven themes that help to define the character of the region. This location is an example of Sculpted by Water, Fire and Ice. Here are more locations that exemplify this theme: