• Artist George Catlin recorded the quarrying activity at the pipestone quarries in 1836


    National Monument Minnesota




NPS, G. Wagner

Countless numbers of wildflowers color Pipestone National Monument's landscape. The pink of the Prairie Rose, the purple of the Blazing Star, and the silvery appearance of Lead Plant make the Monument a breathtaking sight to behold. Wildflowers are an important food source for the fauna of the area, and are used by American Indians for religious and medicinal purposes.

When is the best time to view wildflowers? The changing seasons bring out a continuously-changing scene of wildflowers. Flowers may be viewed in spring, summer, and fall.

Did You Know?

A quarry site with quartzite rubble pile

Archeological evidence indicates that the quarrying of pipestone has occurred for 3,000 years at Pipestone National Monument. The important traditions of pipestone quarrying and pipemaking continue today. More...