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


    National Monument Minnesota



Thanksgiving Day Holiday Hours

Pipestone, MN: Superintendent Glen Livermont announced, "In observance of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, the Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center will be closed on Thursday, November 27th." The Visitor Center will re-open on Friday,November 28th. The Pipestone Indian Shrine Association gift shop, located at the Visitor Center, will also be closed Thanksgiving Day.

The Monument's Circle Trail will be open on Thanksgiving Day for those wanting to spend the afternoon enjoying a walk on the trail. Visitors are advised to dress warmly to walk the Circle Trail, to view the pipestone quarries and to see the Winnewissa Falls. The fall and winter seasons offer many photographic opportunities of the prairie and wildlife. During this quiet time of the year, visiting the Monument and walking the Circle Trail can be particularly enjoyable and peaceful.

The Visitor Center's normal winter hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the park is $3.00 per person, andthe receipt for admission can be used for one week from the date of purchase.There will be no charge for visitors who present an Interagency Annual Pass, anInteragency Senior (Golden Age) Pass, an Interagency Access Pass, or a Pipestone National Monument Annual Pass. If desired all passes are available atthe Monument Visitor Center for purchase.

The Monument Staff wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving holiday!


Christmas Day & New Year's Day Holiday Hours

Pipestone,MN: Superintendent Glen H. Livermont announced that, due to the upcoming federal holidays, the Monument Visitor Center will be closed on December 25th, 2014 and January 1st, 2015. The Pipestone Indian Shrine Association gift shop, located at the Visitor Center, will also be closed on the same days.


National Parks Contribute Billions to Economy

Released on Monday, the report from the National Park Service states that recreational visits to the 401 units of the National Park System in 2012 resulted in $14.7 billion in spending in "gateway" communities — those within 60 miles of a park. Factoring in the secondary effects of that spending, those expenditures supported 243,000 jobs and contributed $26.8 billion to the national economy. "Our parks are economic engines for local communities," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. "They support business ranging from motels and restaurants to gas stations and tour companies and, of course, the people who work in those businesses."

Full Story: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/national-parks-contribute-billions-economy-report-finds-n43431

Resource Management Newsletter - The Resource Newsletter concerns: the prairie restoration project, the nicollet marker activities, the hawk moths, the threatened prairie fringed orchid, the control burn on the prairie, and volunteers at the park.

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