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.
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.
Did You Know?
Pipestone is located about 12-17 feet below the ground, between layers of quartzite rock. Only hand tools are used to quarry the stone at Pipestone National Monument. More...