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Pipestone National Monument

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

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Picturesque Prairie

Pipestone NM is a really interesting and unique place. It is part historical site, part artisan workshop, part sacred site, and also a working quarry. When we arrived, we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Pipestone NM is a really interesting and unique place. It is part historical site, part artisan workshop, part sacred site, and also a working quarry. When we arrived, we watched the 22 minute film. It provided interesting info about the history of the site and the importance of pipestone in Native American cultures. It also covered the current use of... More 

Thank agdwsu
Austin, Texas
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

One of the best sites in the country. Where else can you talk with First Nations peoples while they carve sacred pipes? where else can you see first hand sacred quarries that have been mined BY HAND for generations? And, what other park can you buy something that came put of the ground at the park that is sacred? Worth... More 

Thank ATX1234
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We enjoyed the short movie and the visit around the quarries. The leaves and colors during October are beautiful. We walked with our dog and enjoyed the water fall. A good time was had by all.

Thank Rollinggold
Mpls., MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We watched the short film in the visitor's center. Then we walked the paved trail through the prairie, in a word, beautiful. We enjoy gardening and have prairie plants in our garden at home, every trip to a prairie adds knowledge and any time spent on a prairie is peaceful and filled with beauty. We liked the printed guide to... More 

Thank 6554321
Anoka, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

IMHO all US NPS sites are amazing; the best taxpayer value. Good video presentation. Tribal members carving quarried pipestone in Visitor Center, knowledgeable & friendly. Easy 3/4 mile walking trail is educational & informative,

Thank Peter R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Recommended by my daughter in law who is from Pipestone, a nice beautiful surprise and variation from the view of this cute, clean, farming town. The monument has some great historical displays (live ones as well, of the carving of the pipestone!) and a great walking trail with displays. A nice place to see some beautiful sites, gain some history... More 

Thank KELittle
Vail, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

My mom and I (25 year old) made the trip over from Sioux Falls this week for an afternoon and really enjoyed ourselves. It's $3 a person, children are free, and they take National Park Passes. The day we went it never reached the partly cloudy, 68 degree day that they forecasted, but it was still enjoyable at 60 degrees... More 

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We love the walk through Pipestone. The visitor center exhibition was very informative. and the park is beautiful.

Thank Angelchic1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

My daughter (15) and I stopped here as we were leaving Pipestone and it was well worth the time. It was so beautiful. We enjoyed the walk to and from the falls. It was fun to walk through all the rocks and over the water. Next time we are going to stop for a longer visit.

Thank Blhtravler
Holts Summit, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

We have much interest & appreciation of Native American history & customs. We went two days & walked the trails, explored the center and were able to meet a gentle man who both quarries the pipestone & creates pipes. It was a magical time for us. Visiting the quarries is something we've wanted to do for over 20 years

Thank Dian S

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