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

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

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November 06, 2012
Thanksgiving Hours
Pipestone National Monument will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 22nd. The Circle Trail will remain open. The Visitor Center will re-open on Friday, November 23rd. Daily hours of operation for the winter are 8a.m. to 5p.m. The Pipestone Indian Shrine Association gift store will be closed for Thanksgiving as well.

October 25, 2012
Fee Free Weekend to Honor Veterans
In observance of Veteran's Day Pipestone National Monument will offer fee free days from Saturday, November 10 until Monday, November 12 to honor our men and women in uniform.

August 08, 2012
75th Anniversary
Entry Fee Waived for 75th Anniversary Celebration

February 29, 2012
Pipestone National Monument- Visitors money and jobs
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 78,108 visitors in 2010 spent $3,264,000 million at Pipestone National Monument and in communities near the monument. That spending and an annual average monument payroll of $506,000 supported more than 50 jobs in the local area.

January 04, 2012
Fee Free Weekend
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.

November 29, 2011
Holiday Hours for Pipestone National Monument
Due to the upcoming federal holidays, the Monument Visitor Center will be closed on December 25th, 2011 and January 1st, 2012.

May 05, 2011
International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 14 there will be children's activities from 9 am to noon and throughout the day visitors may walk the trail, view a movie or visit the Visitor Center.

April 04, 2011
National Park Week April 16th to 24th
National parks offer free entrance April 16th to 24th and National Junior Ranger Day is April 23rd.

January 28, 2011
14th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count
Join us on Saturday February 19, 2011 at 10 am and 2 pm for bird watching and fun. A Park ranger will give a short presentation on how you can participate in this national event followed by a bird watching activitiy.

December 14, 2010
Holidays Hours at the Monument
Due to the upcoming federal holidays, the Monument Visitor Center will be closed on December 25th, 2010 and January 1st, 2011.

September 24, 2010
National Public Lands Day activities rescheduled
National Public Lands Day activities rescheduled for October 2nd

September 21, 2010
National Public Lands Day -September 25
As part of National Public Lands Day on September 25th, Pipestone National Monument is hosting its 9th annual volunteer work day from 9am to noon.

August 18, 2010
Founders Day Event
The Monument will provide complimentary cake and coffee to visitors at the Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center between 11 am and 2 pm. The visitor center is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

May 20, 2010
The National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day
The “Moment” is an act of reflection and national unity with the goal of putting the “Memorial” back into Memorial Day. 

May 12, 2010
Entrance Fees waived for National Trails Day
During National Trails Day, June 5 and 6, 2010, entrance fees will be waived. National Trails Day is a program sponsored by the American Hiking Society, in partnership with the Naitonal Park Service. 

May 12, 2010
Park plans prescribed burn in May
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April 07, 2010
Entrance Fees waived during National Park Week
During National Park Week - April 17 to 25,Pipestone National Monument and all National Parks will waive entrances fees.

February 22, 2010
New Federal Firearms Law
Effective February 22, 2010 a change in federal law will allow people who can legally possess firearms under federal, state (Minnesota), and local laws to carry firearms in Pipestone National Monument.

September 02, 2009
National Public Lands Day
September 26th, volunteers will be collecting native tall grass prairie seed from 10am to noon for a national day of service and celebration. Come and join the volunteers to make America's Best Idea even better. 

August 18, 2009
Founder's Day Celebration - August 25, 2009
The annual Founder's Day Celebration on August 25th starting at 10am with the premier showing of the parks new orientation film entitled "An Unbroken Legacy".

July 28, 2009
Pipestone carver to give special program
Tuesday evening, July 28th at 7:30pm, Travis Erickson of Pipestone, MN will present a special program on quarrying and carving Catlinite (pipestone). 

June 18, 2009
Entrance Fee to be changed
The fee change will eliminate the $5.00 vehicle fee and all commercial tour fees. The new fee will be $3.00 for individuals 16 years of age and older. 

June 09, 2009
Fees waived on three weekends this summer
June 20-21, July 18-19 and August 15-16, 2009 will be fee-free weekends to encourage everyone to visit the national park.

May 18, 2009
Remembrance on Memorial Day
Public invited to attend The National Moment of Remebrance on Memorial Day.

April 27, 2009
2009 prescribed burn of tall grass prairie
Pipestone National Monument - Plans Prescribed Burn

May 06, 2008
2008 Prescribed Burn
Pipestone National Monument has scheduled a prescribed burn during the period of May 1 – June 1, 2008.

March 26, 2008
2008 Youth Conservation Program
Acting Superintendent Glen Livermont announced today that the Monument will conduct a Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program for the 2008 summer season. 

December 17, 2007
Holiday Hours 2007
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.

December 06, 2007
Holiday in the National Parks
The Pipestone National Monument ornament is prominently displayed on this year’s official White House Christmas Tree. The tree is the centerpiece of elaborate decorations celebrating the theme of “Holiday in the National Parks.”

September 21, 2007
2007 National Public Lands Day
As part of National Public Lands Day on September 29th, Pipestone National Monument is hosting its 6th annual volunteer work day. This year’s volunteer project, like last years project, will focus on the collection of seeds from the Monument’s native tall grass prairie. Seeds collected will be used in restoring the tall grass prairie on the 15 acres of land that was recently donated to the Monument by the Trust for Public Land. These acres currently consist of cultivated farm land and mowed lawn. Efforts are already underway by Monument staff to begin restoration of the native tall grass prairie on these acres. Collecting additional seed on Public Lands Day will be invaluable in continuing the process.

September 07, 2007
Pipestone National Monument Centennial Initiative Proposals
No abstract supplied.

September 06, 2007
Centennial Initiative Proposals
No abstract supplied.

August 21, 2007
Pipestone National Monument Celebrates Founders Day
Superintendent Jim LaRock announced today that Pipestone National Monument will celebrate Founder’s Day on Saturday, August 25, 2007, to commemorate the establishment of both the National Park Service and Pipestone National Monument.

April 17, 2007
Youth Conservation Corps Program Hiring
No abstract supplied.

February 08, 2007
Entrance Fees to Increase at the Monument
Superintendent Jim LaRock announced today that Pipestone National Monument will implement an entrance fee increase effective January 1, 2008.  This increase was authorized by Congress as the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act and signed by President Bush in December of 2004. This Act replaces earlier legislation of the same nature that allows parks to charge entrance fees, and for parks to retain 80% of fees collected for projects that benefit and support National Park Service visitors.

February 07, 2007
Fiscal Year 2008 NPS Budget Proposal
No abstract supplied.

January 30, 2007
Draft General Management Plan
Superintendent Jim LaRock announced today that the draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (GMP) for Pipestone National Monument will be released for public review and input during the week of February 5, 2007. Four public open houses will be held during the week of February 19, 2007, so that members of the public, federal, state, local agencies, tribes and organizations can provide feedback and comments to the planning team.

December 14, 2006
New Interagency Pass Program
Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett and Under Secretary of Agriculture Mark Rey today announced a new interagency recreation pass that will benefit visitors to national public lands. The new pass, authorized by the Congress in 2004, combines the benefits of existing recreation passes from five federal agencies into one comprehensive pass, the “America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.”

December 14, 2006
2006 Holiday Hours for Pipestone National Monument
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.

November 09, 2006
Thanksgiving Hours for Pipestone National Monument
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November 07, 2006
Pipestone National Monument Celebrates Veterans Day
No abstract supplied.

Did You Know?

Tallgrass prairie landscape with Big Bluestem Grass

Pipestone National Monument is one of the few remaining areas of native tallgrass prairie. Over 400,000 square miles of tall grass prairie once covered the Midwest. Less than 1% of the original tall grass prairie remains today. More...