Pipestone National Monument, Pipestone

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Pipestone National Monument was established on August 25, 1937. Pipestone National Monument is one of the few places in the United States that has deep spiritual meaning to more than one culture.

What does Pipestone National Monument have to offer?

Sacred Pipestone quarries, tallgrass prairie, Winnewissa Waterfall, petroglyphs, a 3/4-mile paved trail along the quarries, creek, and waterfall, visitor center and museum, Pipestone cultural demonstrators (May through October), orientation film, Pipestone Indian Shrine Association bookstore and gift shop, and a Junior Ranger Program for Kids.
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  • I love that the NPS is managing this site, it will be preserved forever. Also, it's wonderful that they allow any Indian that is associated with a tribe to actually dig the pipestone out. The living i...  more »
  • This was absolutely amazing! A must stop! The history was fabulous and the rangers made it very it interesting for us. I wish I had more time to watch the video. The crafts and pipes were stunning. Th...  more »
  • My grandma took me here 20 years ago and I thought it was super cool. The trails are fun and it's honestly neat to see what prairie vegetation is like without the farming. Being able to speak with native stone carvers is something you just have to do. Take plenty of pictures and don't leave without a souvenir, they are too inexpensive and you'll regret it if you don't. Plan on camping in the area soon.
  • A very nice National monument with a great history of the native Americans. The rangers were very knowledgeable and friendly. We couldn't spend a lot of time in the museum because we had our dog with us but it was nice from what we could tell. The circle trail was very nice with lots to see and learn about. The junior ranger program was great too. Definitely worth a stop!

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