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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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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I liked seeing where Pipestone came from and visiting with the people who carve the stone into pipes.

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Canton, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were very interested in the pipestone that comes from this part of the country. Took the walking tour and enjoyed it alot, beautiful scenery, waterfalls etc.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Who knew that this little city in the prairie was full of so much culture and history! Tribes have come here for countless generations to dig for catlinite and carve prayer pipes from the stones. Incredible. They let you watch at the park center. You smoke the pipe and send prayers to the great spirit.

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Hollywood, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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238 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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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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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
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
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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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