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Pipestone National Monument

Pipestone, MN
(507) 825-5464
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Pipestone
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks
Activities: Walking
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Owner description: Site of quarries used by Plains Indian tribes.

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Astoria, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Chicago suburbs
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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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23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

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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Weeki Wachee, Florida
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

A beautiful place to spend the day with your husband and/or family. The trails winding in and out of quarries, over streams, and the unforgettable sight of the waterfall. We had such a wonderful day and were glad we took time to see the video first. Truly a spectacular walk through history. I remember the Hiawatha plays that were held... More

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St Joseph, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

On the outskirts of Pipestone, MN, this monument is a treasure in the grasslands of southwest Minnesota. A walking trail of less than one mile is easily managed, with a few areas where the terrain rises and falls, but it's worth it to see the mighty waterfall midway through the trek. There is a small park office where the history... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The winding trails that now meander in and out of the quarries are amazing. We felt all alone on the prairie and really enjoyed our time . The planning of the trails and the way it was all laid out was really beautiful.

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