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.
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.
Did You Know?
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...