Pipestone National Monument

Pipestone, Minnesota 56164

Pipestone National Monument

Pipestone National Monument Professional Review and Guide

"Just north of the city of Pipestone, this is a guided tour along prairie, bluff, and quarry alongside Pipestone Creek.

The visitor center near the end of the road is a good place to learn more about native culture. Inside the center you find the human history of the native people of the area, the geologic history of the mineral, and the material most often used to create pipes and totems.

The trail loop starts out the back door, but first pick up a Circle Trail brochure for a self-guided tour of the monument. You will walk along Pipestone Creek past Lake Hiawatha to the grove of trees, which hides a 30-foot Sioux quartzite ledge. This section holds some of the park’s favorite features, including some early graffiti scratched into the rock by Joseph Nicollet when he was on his mapping expedition."

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"The Pipestone National Monument interpretive hike has much to offer, with a focus on the famous pipestone quarries that have drawn thousands of visitors over the past 400 years. A stop at the visitor center will educate you on the remarkable history of the region, Native American pipe making, and how pipestone carving and quarrying lives on today.

Pipestone National Monument lies in prairie country where more than 300 plant species live, including prairie cordgrass and lanceleaf sage. The hike wanders through oak and ash woodland, along Lake Hiawatha and Pipestone Creek, and through remnants of tallgrass prairie past the quarrying site and large blocks of red quartzite that stand like sculptures along the trail."

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Maps available at the monument; USGS quad: Pipestone North.
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Nov 2018