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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: Monuments/ Statues, Historic Sites
Activities: Walking
Description: Site of quarries used by Plains Indian tribes.
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Hollywood, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Pipestone is a bit out of the way in southwest MN. We drove there from Sioux Falls (about an hr). The introductory film is excellent and insightful into aspects of native american culture about which we would never have known. The easy self-guided walking trail (about 3/4 miles) is lovely, Fortunately we were there on a sunny day...it wouldn't have... More

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Palm Bay, Florida
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402 reviews 402 reviews
238 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

There is a 20 minute film about the pipestone, quarrries and various Indian tribes in the area. Very informative displays and nice walking trails -- 45 minutes walk.

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118 reviews 118 reviews
42 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Since I have always been interested in native American culture this site had been on my list for a long time. We walked the trail and spent about 2 hours here. To me the quarry area were by far the best part but do watch the movie as well. After the visit one can easily see why this area was... More

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Grinnell, Iowa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I had been wanting to visit Pipestone NM for a long time. This was our first opportunity. It is very interesting and educational. We did not do the path as part of it was closed and our time was limited. The visitor center is very good and the movie about the history is excellent. There are live demonstrators showing how... More

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Pipestone, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

After 10+ inches of rain with some minor flooding in the area, the Pipestone National Monument is as beautiful as ever. The falls and creek are full but the path is in good shape. Come out and enjoy it's beauty!

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O'Fallon, Illinois
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We spent more time than expected here - little over 3 hours - at this beautiful and special National Monument. We thoroughly enjoyed the introductory movie, junior ranger program, informative displays, and peaceful trail through the quarry. Our favorite parts were the waterfall along the trail and watching Travis Erickson working the stone. He had just started a project when... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We enjoyed the history of the area and taking the scenic walk to view the falls and Red Rocks of the area.

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Cresson, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I really enjoyed buying a Calumet (pipe) and then turning right around and visiting with the Native American artisan that carved it. They were very open with talking about their work with pipestone. In addition to carving the bowl, they even made the stem and did the beadwork.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Excellent displays and introductory movie. The Circle Trail was well marked and helped enhance the understanding of the sacredness of these grounds. Native Americans demonstrate the art of carving the pipes and readily engage in describing their special talent. Must see this treasure if you have any interest in Native American culture.

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Edgerton, Minnesota
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Indian Pipestone peacepipes made by local artisans from Pipestone quarried right on sight. Beautiful trail that takes about 1 hr to walk through. There is a beautiful waterfall along with the stream.

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