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Pipestone National Monument

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Address: Pipestone, MN
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+1 507-825-5464

Site of quarries used by Plains Indian tribes.

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Must see park lots of native history

Take a short walk around this historic and spiritual place. Native Americans still harvest the pipestone here in the same quarries the ancestors did for hundreds of years. Don't... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take a short walk around this historic and spiritual place. Native Americans still harvest the pipestone here in the same quarries the ancestors did for hundreds of years. Don't forget to go inside and learn something first.

Thank tjungroth
McFarland, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

We stopped in at Pipestone on our way to South Dakota, and we arrived with only 2 hours before closing time. We spent some time in the visitor center looking at the exhibits and watching the artist carve the pipestone. It was very interesting. We hiked the Circle Trail around the park past the rocky outcropping and past the waterfall.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

I have been to Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon etc, but this place felt so much more beautiful and satisfying on a deep level. Hope to visit this place again and bring all my friends so they can see it too.

Thank Stephanie C
Fairfield, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

I didn't think it would be that great, but surprisingly, just close your eyes and you could really feel it there. Incredibly beautiful scenery, and you get to feel, really feel the experience if you let yourself. Beautiful, and highly worth the stop to find this hidden gem.

Thank 236scott
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016 via mobile

We loved it. It was chilly and wet, the stone glistened blood red. We could feel the beautiful energy of this amazing place and we're shocked to realize how few people know of it. A great National Park secret

Thank Andrea B
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 via mobile

What can I say, you need to make a trip to see the quarries and the formations. It's not a large site in the sense of hiking around the trail. Mother Earth and strength of all the four directions is present and powerful. One fact we saw that made me a little upset, it appears some people just take the... More 

Thank RedSoxsFanMan
Worthington, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Pipestone is a great place with a unique history and special significance to the Native Americans. Visitors can learn about the geology and what was, and still is, so special about this small area. The exhibits in the visitor cement and the walking trails are very interesting. There are some "hands/on" exhibits for young kids, but otherwise it it is... More 

Thank Randy S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 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 October 17, 2016

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 October 10, 2016 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.

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