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Unexpected Surprise! Appeals to those who enjoy history and those who enjoy nature's beauty!

I have noticed Pipestone National Monument on my AAA map for years and a recent road trip to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Nancy M
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
A beautiful and educational place...a must see!

This is not only a national monument, but also it is still an active pipestone quarry. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Site of quarries used by Plains Indian tribes.
Pipestone, MN
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I have noticed Pipestone National Monument on my AAA map for years and a recent road trip to southwest MN gave me the opportunity to visit. The Visitors Center offers an educational film and great examples of history and the stone. Legend has it that...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not only a national monument, but also it is still an active pipestone quarry. The visitor's center is choc-full of information, complete with live Native American Pipestone carvers - descendents and members of the original Sioux tribe - actively working at their craft....More

Thank Passport296713
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This isn't the biggest area, but the walk and waterfalls were such a nice activity. The gentleman carving the pipes in the visitor center was very informative. Appreciate the history and respect of the Native American culture.

Thank M M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The name is somewhat misleading. Although the site depicts a sacred Native American place that produced the stone for pipes and other artifacts, you won't see much, if any, of the stone outside the display cases. We had to ask a ranger who pointed out...More

Thank Tom F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am so glad I decided to come here. The Pipestone National Monument has an excellent 3/4 mile circular trail to see the quarries for the pipestone and a surprising loud waterfall on the trail. Under the soil and several feet of quartzite is a...More

Thank Robert W
Reviewed August 22, 2018

What I fell in love with was the hike through the Tall Grass Prairie conservation area that includes walking near pipestone cliff areas and a waterfall. There is a variety of beautiful vegetation and wildflowers (I visited Aug. 20th). The circular trail is 3/4 mile,...More

Thank Pamela B
Reviewed August 20, 2018

In the southwest corner of Minnesota there is Pipestone National Monument which has a visitor center with an orientation film and actually demonstrations of pipe carving. There is a trail that lead to the area where the pipestone is quarried. The trail leads visitors through...More

Thank intents2
Reviewed August 16, 2018 via mobile

First of all, in the visitors center you can spend time watching people make pipes. They will tell you about their process and how long they have been doing it. Lots of handmade merchandise to buy as well. Then doing quarry loop. If you have...More

Thank Grussingtravels
Reviewed August 8, 2018

This is a gem of a national monument. A lot of information in a well staffed visitors center including a film and demonstrations of pipe making. The trails are great. If you are in Pipestone, this is a must see!

Thank Blake W
Reviewed July 29, 2018

This is considered a sacred place by many Indian tribes, a place of peace. The pipestone can only be quarried by those that are registered with a tribe. The interpretative center was great. I would recommend seeing the 22 min movie first to appreciate the...More

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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