2006 Holiday Hours for Pipestone National Monument
Contact: Jim LaRock, 507-825-5464
Holiday hours for Pipestone National Monument were announced by Superintendent Jim LaRock this week. The Monument visitor center will be closed December 25th and January 1st. Historically, at the direction of the Department of Interior, all National Park Service facilities including the Monument visitor center has closed several hours early on December 24th and December 31st. Prior to coming to the Monument on those dates please call ahead for closure information. For the remainder of the holiday season the visitor center is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The gift shop, operated by the Pipestone Indian Shrine Association, will keep the same hours. If you are visiting only the gift shop, please mention this at the visitor center front desk and entrance fees will be waived.
Stopping by the Monument in the wintertime gives visitors a new perspective on this valued local resource. Visitors should dress warmly as they enjoy the wildlife and natural areas of the Monument. Bring a camera as winter photography can be extremely enjoyable.
Looking for something that keeps giving year-round? Purchase an annual pass for Pipestone National Monument, or after January 1, 2007, purchase the new Interagency Annual Pass that is accepted for access to National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service sites that charge entrance or amenity fees. Both passes are good for one full year from month of purchase.
The staff at the Monument wishes all a happy holiday season!
Did You Know?
George Catlin was the first European-American to visit the pipestone quarries at Pipestone National Monument in 1836. A geologist dubbed the soft clay stone "Catlinite" after Catlin sent it to him for analysis. More...