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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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Mystical, Peaceful and Relaxing

This is a magical place with significant meaning for Native American's and I can see why . . . just walking among the rocks was peaceful and relaxing. Granted, we were the only... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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188 reviews 188 reviews
20 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is a magical place with significant meaning for Native American's and I can see why . . . just walking among the rocks was peaceful and relaxing. Granted, we were the only visitors that day and the weather was superb so it added to the experience. I can see why the stone was the material of pipes but also... More 

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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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35 reviews 35 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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19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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