Natural Features & Ecosystems
Pipestone National Monument was set aside in 1937 for its unique cultural resource: pipestone. In this area, you can learn more about the geology of Pipestone in Geologic Formations and in Glaciers / Glacial Features. In preserving access to this important stone for native cultures, Pipestone National Monument has also come to protect a threatened tallgrass prairie ecosystem.
Did You Know?
The red pipestone rock at Pipestone National Monument was traded as far east as Georgia and as far west as the Pacific coast. More...