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

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

Holiday Hours 2007

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Date: December 17, 2007
Contact: Jim LaRock, 507-825-5464

Superintendent Jim LaRock announced today, “The Monument will close at 12:00 p.m. (noon) on December 24th.  The Monument will also be closed all day December 25th, 2007 and January 1st, 2008.

LaRock stated “Hopefully this will give people enough time to visit the Pipestone Indian Shrine Association for any last minute shopping and provide an opportunity for family and friends to see the Visitor Center and its exhibits.  The Visitor Center is open when the Monument is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.  Visitation at the Monument is usually very low on Christmas Eve Day, but we want to accommodate people as much as we can.”  President Bush issued an executive order excusing executive non-Postal Service employees from duty on Monday December 24, 2007.

Superintendent Jim LaRock would like to remind everyone it’s a beautiful time to walk the trail or watch the wildlife.  There are numerous photo opportunities especially when you get a day with a little low-lying fog, hoar frost on the plants, and some magical colors brought out by the sun and clouds.  Don’t forget to wear warm clothing and boots if you decide to do a trail walk, as some of the trail cannot be cleared of snow.

Looking for something that keeps giving year-round?  Purchase an annual pass for Pipestone National Monument or purchase the new Interagency Annual Pass which provides access to the 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 Pipestone National Monument and the Pipestone Indian Shrine Association wish everyone Happy Holidays!

Fore more information about the Monument, log onto www.nps.gov/pipe/ or telephone 507-825-5464.

Did You Know?

George Catlin

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...