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Pipestone National Monument

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Pipestone, MN
+1 507-825-5464
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This is one of the best small national parks in the country, combining Native American history... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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I lived an hour or two away for many years but didn't know there was a National Monument in... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Bloomington, Indiana
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Site of quarries used by Plains Indian tribes.
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  • Average2%
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Pipestone, MN
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is one of the best small national parks in the country, combining Native American history, hands-in demonstrations and beautiful walks through the pipestone quarries. You can do an entire visit in an hour, so well worth the stop if you're passing through. Please be...More

Thank DeeTraveler624
Reviewed 6 days ago

I lived an hour or two away for many years but didn't know there was a National Monument in Pipestone. It is worth a visit. Especially if you don't know much about the sacred pipe stone, make sure to watch the film first. The museum...More

Thank cheesqueen
Reviewed 1 week ago

Before you go, know that there is an entrance fee for this National Monument. You must pay $7 per person (16+) at the visitor center before you visit the exhibit and gift shop, or walk the trail. Senior discounts apply. The informational video is award-winning...More

Thank roadtripfamof5
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Pipestone Monument is sacred ground for Native Americans. Once at the quarries, there were no hostilities between warring tribes and they could go about getting the stone for making their pipes in peace. The pipe is the primary communication between the spirit power and...More

Thank EireMan66
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are very glad to have made a visit here. Very interesting. Good displays in the visitors center, interesting and informative video about the area. Had an opportunity to observe and talk with an artisan. Highly recommend a visit to this site, not only for...More

Thank Hiram C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place! Great leisurely hike with fantastic scenery. If you're passing through southern Minnesota make sure you stop in.

Thank Nathan J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there after hours, so the visitors center wasn't open, but we still took the self guided tour along one of the paths. There are placards telling of the various sites and history along the path and benches to rest along the way.

Thank Harold D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Any time you can combine a history lesson and walking - it's all good. My Husband like history - I could care less. So usually we miss stuff he likes to see because I can't sit still. THIS PLACE ROCKS - I walked and walked...More

1  Thank lange1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My father and I are on a road trip.He enjoys westerns so I've been looking at learning more about our history and Native Americans. I'll be honest. I thought Pipestone was in South Dakota. Oops! Thank goodness that Siri knows better than me. I didn't...More

1  Thank Laura G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I am not familiar with the Northern tribes. I really learned quite a bit and this place is so peaceful. It is well worth taking a look.

Thank Claudette K
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craig c
July 11, 2016|
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Response from richard k | Reviewed this property |
Yes you could cover the area in a wheelchair. Check with a park ranger first.
May 26, 2015|
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Response from Richard M | Reviewed this property |
Yes 2 hours could be sufficient time. Watch the intro film, for sure. If you want to chat with the pipe makers, plan on more time. Many people also buy pipes in the gift shop. This could take an hour alone since there are so... More