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

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

Fee Free Weekend

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Date: January 4, 2012
Contact: Curt Frain, 507-825-5464 ext. 219

 

Entrance Fees waived during Martin Luther King Holiday

Pipestone, MN: In honor of Martin Luther King Holiday the Pipestone National Monument and other National Park Service (NPS) sites around the country will be offering fee-free entry into the parks from January 14th to 16th.

Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved ones and to get outdoors and unplug in 2012. There's no better place than a national park to help keep those resolutions. Parks offer superb recreational opportunities, making them perfect places to enjoy our beautiful land, history, and culture, and nurture a healthy lifestyle.

Pipestone National Monument attracted more than 62680 visitors in 2011 from the United States and 79 foreign countries. The Monument offers an opportunity to explore American Indian culture and the natural resources of the tallgrass prairie. Established by Congress in 1937 to protect the historic pipestone quarries, the site is considered sacred by many American Indians. Spanning centuries of use, American Indians continue to quarry pipestone which they carve into sacred pipes.

Superintendent Glen Livermont encourages everyone to take advantage of the fee free opportunity and visit the Monument to celebrate the Martin Luther King Holiday. "Stopping by the monument in the winter time gives visitors new perspective on this valued local resource. Visitors should dress warmly as they enjoy the wildlife and natural areas of the prairie from the trails. Bring a camera and send us your photos! Winter photography can be extremely enjoyable."

To learn more about visiting the Pipestone National Monument, visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/pipe or to learn more about the fee-free weekends in national parks around the country, go to http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm Contact the Park Ranger at 507-825-5464 ext. 214 or email at e-mail us

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Did You Know?

The Nicollet Rock

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...