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

    Pipestone

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

Bicycles
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.

Did You Know?

George Catlin

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...