NPS, G. Wagner
Pipestone National Monument has a variety of ecosystems and is generally wet during the springtime. These conditions allow for the presence and reproductive success of several species of amphibians. The temporary pools created by the quartzite outcroppings as well as several small ephemeral wetlands provide suitable habitat for the following species at the Monument:
Did You Know?
Joseph Nicollet and John C. Frémont, famous 19th century explorers, visited Pipestone National Monument in 1838 and carved their initials into the Sioux Quartzite cliff. The inscription is still visible along the Circle Trail. More...