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This is an awesome place, you can feel why it was sacred ground to those making pipes

I am so glad I decided to come here. The Pipestone National Monument has an excellent 3/4 mile... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Robert W
Park Ridge, Illinois
Beautiful, easy hike.

What I fell in love with was the hike through the Tall Grass Prairie conservation area that... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Pamela B
Spearfish, South Dakota
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Site of quarries used by Plains Indian tribes.
Pipestone, MN
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Reviewed 5 days 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 16 August 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 8 August 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 30 July 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

Thank garyaverill1
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

Pipestone was such a wonderful surprise for us. We stopped there on a whim early inn the morning as w were passing through. So glad we did. The 3/4 mile walk around the park takes you along a small river, an impressive waterfall, and plenty...More

Thank Matt I
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

We went on the loop hike. It was very passable with a wheelchair as long as you have help. I wouldn’t attempt it without an extra set of hands to help up and down inclines. The flowers were out in abundance, making the meadow come...More

Thank CrystalGwilliam
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

We absolutely loved our visit to Pipestone National Monument. This is a sacred site for Native American tribes where they can quarry stones for pipes used in ceremonies. The film was very informative and set the tone for our visit. Talking with the Native pipe...More

Thank PT2017
Reviewed 17 July 2018

One of my favorite places on the planet. Going early in the AM when it is cool is my favorite time. You can just stand there and feel the peace.

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craig c
12 July 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.
27 May 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