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Pipestone National Monument

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Address: Pipestone, MN
Phone Number: (507) 825-5464

Site of quarries used by Plains Indian tribes.

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Very cool place to visit if you like history

I enjoyed the interpretive center very much. Lots to see and lots of history. The movie is worth watching as well in order to get a feel for how it is mined. The 3/4 mile walk... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I enjoyed the interpretive center very much. Lots to see and lots of history. The movie is worth watching as well in order to get a feel for how it is mined. The 3/4 mile walk was awesome to see the area.

Thank amorace
Neenah, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here not know exactly what the location was but learned quite a bit about the Native Americans in the area and the use of red stone for pipes. The learning center is great with some hands-on examples, and there is a short path to take you through the quarry and gives a nice view of a waterfall. This... More 

Thank Carson F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The history and scenery is amazing. The hike was very easy and takes you out among the quarries where Native Americans would find the pipestone. These sacred rocks become the pipes used to start the ceremonies. Along the trail you will find some pleasant surprises and good feelings.

Thank Dave S
Palmyra, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent stop. Who knew Indian tribes travelled here to get the sacred red stone from this quarry to fashion pipes for peace and to reach their God. The movie gives much info, the paved path is excellent takes you round to see the plain and the quarry where the stone is found. Native Americans still use this... More 

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here on our way to the Black Hills. It has a paved path to follow to see both the quarry as well as the park. You'll see a quarry, waterfall, stream, prairie and wooded area on the mile hike. There is a nice visitor center as well. I wouldn't make this a one and only destination, unless you... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Be sure see the movie. It is one of the most enlightening historical stories about Native Americans we have ever seen or heard. We talked to the pipe makers in the visitor center and their stories were incredibly interesting. Anyone passing through or near this area should take the time to visit this place.

Thank John D
West Linn, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The monument displays and trail offer an excellent and informative experience. They present a cultural and ecological view into an important part of Native American histor.y

Thank joycedavidc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

The Monument has a nice but small visitor's center. They provide an excellent 20 minute film to introduce you to the area. There is a 3/4 walk through the quarry areas with signs that explain sites and plants. Center has a small gift shower and a small museum.

Thank MnDaisy
Maplewood, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

What a special place this is! Despite being one of the lesser known national monuments this should be on everyone's list. It is a really well done monument and a very spiritual and important place for native Americans. The movie is worth the time and the small museum Interesting. Also the circle trail is an easy walk through a beautiful... More 

Thank Michael W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Can't say enough about this Park Service Monument. The three-quarter mile Circle Trail is a wonderful meander through tall grass prairie, breath-taking cliffs and quarries, and a secluded, peaceful waterfall. The visitor center is full of exhibits, has a great overview film of the native american presence in the area, and several artifact displays. A native american pipestone carver was... More 

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