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


    National Monument Minnesota



Trail Restoration Project

We are excited to announce that our Trail Restoration Project will be in progress beginning August 11th and ending approximately August 29th, 2014.This project will enhance visitor experience and make the 3/4 mile walking trail more user friendly. While under construction there will be times that parts or the entire trail may be closed to visitor use.We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask visitors to be understanding and comply with any closures they may encounter.


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.

Did You Know?


There are over 500 plant species, including over 70 species of grasses, growing on Pipestone National Monument lands. More...