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


    National Monument Minnesota


A quarrier is breaking up stone in his quarry

A quarrier is breaking up quartzite in his quarry.

NPS Photo

Mission Statement

Pipestone National Monument exists to:

  • Protect the pipestone quarries, reserving the quarrying of pipestone for American Indians of all federally recognized tribes
  • Preserve and interpret the cultural and natural resources associated with Pipestone National Monument
  • Provide for the enjoyment and benefit of all people


Pipestone National Monument Documents

Administrative History

Did You Know?

Tallgrass prairie landscape with Big Bluestem Grass

Pipestone National Monument is one of the few remaining areas of native tallgrass prairie. Over 400,000 square miles of tall grass prairie once covered the Midwest. Less than 1% of the original tall grass prairie remains today. More...