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


    National Monument Minnesota

Operating Hours & Seasons

Visitor Center

Summer hours

8 AM to 5 PM daily - every day of the week including Saturday and Sunday

Winter hours

8 AM to 5 PM daily - every day of the week including Saturday and Sunday


Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

The Circle Trail

Open daily. This 3/4 mile walking trail is located behind the Visitor Center.

Motorized vehicles and bicycles are not allowed on the Circle Trail.

Pets are allowed on the trail, but must be on a leash and owners are expected to clean up after their pets.

During the winter months, parts of the trail may be closed due to weather conditions.

Valid entrance passes are required to tour the Visitor Center and/or the Circle Trail. Purchase or show a valid pass in the Visitor Center.


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?

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...