We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

Pipestone National Monument

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Pipestone, MN
Phone Number: (507) 825-5464

Site of quarries used by Plains Indian tribes.

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 185 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 129
  • 51
    Very good
  • 4
  • 0
  • 0
Low key coverage of hundreds of years of history

I knew next to nothing about this place. A helpful "guide" at the Minnesota visitors' center on the Interstate suggested it, so I took a look. You do have to travel a few miles... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Hallsville, Missouri
Add Photo Write a Review

185 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 184: English reviews
Hallsville, Missouri
Level Contributor
89 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I knew next to nothing about this place. A helpful "guide" at the Minnesota visitors' center on the Interstate suggested it, so I took a look. You do have to travel a few miles to get there. I'm glad I did. The Monument's visitor center is filled with historical displays and offers a video that connects the history of the... More 

Thank grouch0
Port Washington, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great stop for historical and cultural reasons. Unlike any other National monument I have visited. Be sure to take the hike! It is definitely worth your time and effort.

Thank 507adventurelover
Level Contributor
46 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They have folks carving the Pipestone while you tour, it is a step back in history. Worth a look don't plan a vacation around it but really neat.

Thank hvac z
Whitehouse, Ohio
Level Contributor
30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been by this exit of I 90 a number of times during trips out west from Ohio, but this is the first time we stopped. We found it to be very worthwhile to experience the peaceful surroundings, beautiful scenery and great birding. We learned about the special native american history of this place so special to them. We... More 

Thank Laurie M
Level Contributor
19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here and were pleasantly surprised. There are Native American carvers demonstrating how they carve the pipestone, and the Ranger was quite knowledgeable and helpful. We took the Circle Trail (about 3/4 mile walk) and really enjoyed it. It's a beautiful walk with markers identifying the different plants and flowers, benches where you can sit and rest, and best... More 

Thank Shelley G
Huron, South Dakota
Level Contributor
22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site, sacred to most Native Americans, is a beautiful location filled with history. The interactive discussion we had with the carvers was wonderful for the kids. They enjoyed asking questions and learning more about how Pipestone is carved and used.

Thank Mark L
Level Contributor
22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I hadn't been here in years and I finally went back. Although I expecting a big tall monument, I got a waterfall instead. This park is good early morning because you won't get so hot while hiking to get to the water fall. I would recommend this to anybody.

Thank Hands D
Babbitt, Minnesota
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very interesting tour. Good history lesson learned. A good walking tour of the area to see the quarry's that were mined by the Native Americans for pipestone and how it was formed thousands of years ago.

Thank richard k
Sioux City, Iowa
Level Contributor
116 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I stopped her in late June and wished we could have stayed longer. This sits just outside of Pipestone so is not far out of the way. There is a nice visitor's center that is also a small museum. It was $7 for adults (ages 15 and under and Native Americans are free.)There are trail guides to... More 

1 Thank Sandy H
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On our travels in Minnesota, we chose to camp near Pipestone NM. I grew up in MN, but never came to this part of the state. The ranger at the desk suggested that we start with the 22 minute video that repeats every half hour, and I am glad we did. . My limited knowledge of history included a sketchy... More 

Thank Ron K

Travelers who viewed Pipestone National Monument also viewed


Been to Pipestone National Monument? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Pipestone National Monument and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Livonia, Michigan
over a year ago
Kansas City, Missouri

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Pipestone National Monument staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?