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Pipestone National Monument

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Address: Pipestone, MN
Phone Number: (507) 825-5464
Activities: Walking
Description: Site of quarries used by Plains Indian tribes.

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A beautiful, sacred place.

The museum is very well done and the nature trail is beautiful, especially the waterfall. We went in winter and it started snowing. Their were amazing ice formations at the base... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2014
Michael Z
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

The museum is very well done and the nature trail is beautiful, especially the waterfall. We went in winter and it started snowing. Their were amazing ice formations at the base of the waterfall. Winter is a great time to go.

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Springfield, Illinois
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Imagine traveling across miles of prairie, only to arrive at a hidden paradise! This is the Pipestone National Monument. The area is steeped in Native American history and it is no wonder, when you see it, why the American Indian was drawn to this location. The Visitor's Center is very informative, and the cultural demonstrators are a wealth of knowledge,... More 

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Locust, North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The displays in this location were informative and interesting. The movie was moving. It was wonderful to visit a site people hold to be so sacred.

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Astoria, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We were driving west and stayed in Pipestone, MN. While looking at the map we noticed Pipestone National Monument which we had never heard of before. We decided to check it out the next morning. Wow! What a unique place. Seems this is he only place in the nation where pipestone is quarried. The Native Americans have gathered here to... More 

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Waxahachie, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We visited Pipestone National Monument as a side trip to South Dakota. We felt we were so close and we wanted to add Minnesota to our list of states visited so we drove up to the park. It was very interesting to us because we are about 1/2 Okie and very into the Native American artifacts. This was the first... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The trail to the falls is pretty, it is a nice place to stretch your legs on a long road trip. Take the time to watch the twenty minute video and see the demonstrations in the visitor's center.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Great place to go if you appreciate native american history. Trail is a little short, but the history and landscape is quite impressive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

Second visit to the peaceful and special place. Both times I have been struck by the understated beauty of the rock formations at the falls. The one-hour or so walk is lovely. The park's information center, video presentation and gift center (with artist demonstration spaces) are all well done. Worth the detour if you like authentic Native American experiences.

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Pipestone National Monument, in the South-west corner of Minnesota, is a little ways off the beaten track. However, it is so beautiful and historically important, it is well worth travelling to. "Pipestone" refers to the Catlinite stone used for centuries by Native Americans to carve pipes and other ceremonial and religious items. The area around the national monument is... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Very interesting and informative, nice place. Waterfall was dry after walking all the way back there, but that's nobody's fault. Quarries were interesting, pretty landscape there!

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