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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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English first
Chicago suburbs
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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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56 reviews 56 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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Kansas City, Missouri
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Very interesting and informative, nice place. Waterfall was dry after walking all the way back there, but that's nobody's fault. Quarries were interesting, pretty landscape there!

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Weeki Wachee, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

A beautiful place to spend the day with your husband and/or family. The trails winding in and out of quarries, over streams, and the unforgettable sight of the waterfall. We had such a wonderful day and were glad we took time to see the video first. Truly a spectacular walk through history. I remember the Hiawatha plays that were held... More

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St Joseph, MO
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

On the outskirts of Pipestone, MN, this monument is a treasure in the grasslands of southwest Minnesota. A walking trail of less than one mile is easily managed, with a few areas where the terrain rises and falls, but it's worth it to see the mighty waterfall midway through the trek. There is a small park office where the history... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

The winding trails that now meander in and out of the quarries are amazing. We felt all alone on the prairie and really enjoyed our time . The planning of the trails and the way it was all laid out was really beautiful.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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280 reviews 280 reviews
177 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We went here for a day trip from the Twin Cities. Left home at 8 a.m. and got to the monument around noon. There is a fee of $3 per person if you do not have a National Parks Pass. Watch the video first. Even though I have studied much of Minnesota's history, there are things that I have never... More

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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300 reviews 300 reviews
143 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The weekend we came there was a civil war re-enactment going on. So there was whole hoards of people dressed in the time periods attire. It was all quite marvelous. All of the tents and and the general vibe of it all made it feel like a time-warp was happening. We hiked out to the falls area and saw all... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We have visited this park twice now. We love the open prairie. The walking trails are not long, but you get to see the prairie, quarry, rocks, streams and a lovely waterfall. Well worth the walk. The visitor center was well done to explain the history of Pipestone. We highly recommend you see the 20 minute video explaining the history... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Some of my favorite memories of Pipestone are the early morning walks to and through the Pipestone National Monument. Winding walking trails take you through the scenic old quarries and past a waterfall. A perfect way to start the day!

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