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


    National Monument Minnesota

Getting Around

Exploring the Monument

With the exception of the entrance road to the visitor center, Pipestone National Monument must be explored on foot. The pipestone quarries are a sacred site for many American Indians. Discover unique cultural and natural resources on the 3/4 mile Circle Trail nature walk which includes active quarries, unusual quartzite rock formations and Winnewissa Falls. Consideration should be given for proper clothing and footwear depending on the season. A trail guide pamphlet is available at the visitor center. Paths are wheelchair accessible (See Accessibility).

Ranger-led hikes and other activities are available intermittently throughout the year.

Parking is at the visitor center and includes space for buses and recreational vehicles (RV's).

Bicycles are only permitted on the road from the park entrance to the Visitor Center. A bike rack is provided on the south side of the Visitor Center. Bicycles are not permitted on the park trail.

Luverne Bridge Construction

Map of Luverne Area

Local Road Construction Notice

HWY 75, north of Luverne, Minnesota, near Blue Mounds State Park, is closed for bridge repairs. There are also reports that Co. Hwy 20, west of HWY 75, is also closed for bridge repair work. DOT Recommends travelers take HWY 23 north. Although there are other westbound routes to HWY 23, DOT recommends travelers take Interstate 90 west to HWY 23.

DOT District 7 (Luverne area)

DOT District 8 (Pipestone Area)

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