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Pipestone National Monument

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

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Great Opportunity to Visit as an Important Park

A friend of mine told me about this park because he grew up in the area and hiked it as a youth. It is located about 25 miles off from Interstate 90, and is well worry the drive... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Zeeland, Mi
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Zeeland, Mi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

A friend of mine told me about this park because he grew up in the area and hiked it as a youth. It is located about 25 miles off from Interstate 90, and is well worry the drive. You have an opportunity to learn about a sacred place where Native American Tribes of the Great Plains still quarry catlinite or... More 

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Beeville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This national monument was one of the most interesting and beautiful of our trip this summer. There are local artists carving pipes in the visitors center and a trail past several quarries, one of which was being worked during our visit. The Circle Trail wound through several habitats from a prairie, to tall quartzite walls, a river, and trees to... More 

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Guin, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is such a surprise after miles of fields. These large stones and boulders are just so amazing. The trails in this park are so nice and shady. It makes for a pleasant visit even in July. The park is so interesting. I love Native American History so this was a great stop.

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Bloomington, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We went to see the museum and we were impressed with watching the natives demonstrating how to carve pipestone. The outdoor nature trail was gorgeous with a steam, waterfall, rock formations and prairie flowers in addition to the family pipestone quarries.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We were staying in Walnut Grove and just drove over to this National Monument for the afternoon. This was enough time to walk the trail by the waterfall and visit the Visitors Center. Interesting place as National Parks and Monuments always are. I thought we might be able to see the pipestone being quarried, but we didn't.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I've been to Pipestone countless times, but only recently did I visit the Pipestone National Monument. I was surprised that I had never been there given how beautiful it is. We will definitely go back sometime.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I wasn't thrilled with the town of Pipestone, but the National Monument was amazing!! I'm so glad we went!! The park was so beautiful, and unlike anything we had ever seen. My kids were very impressed and we took many amazing photos. The story of the monument is quite interesting and the kids enjoyed watching the Native pipe carvers as... More 

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Castana, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

A wonderful, grounding, up lifting experience! A national monument, great for kids, family, lovers, or just a weekend. Very educational and spiritual.

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Shakopee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We were in Morton MN at the casino and wanted a small day trip. We enjoyed our time at the monument. The scenery on the walk was pretty and there was enough variety along the path to keep or interest. It was really warm the day we visited so we thought the distance on that day was perfect.

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Northridge, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Read about the Pipestone National Monument, so we went. We were expecting big holes in the ground, but no they were small. We were most impressed by walking through the prairie and all of the flowers we saw. We went into the museum also and watched Travis work on pipes. The pipes in the gift shop and museum were amazing.

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