We suggest alotting 45 minutes to an hour for the entire walk. Features along the trail include the pipestone quarries, historical markers, Old Stone Face, Winnewissa Falls, Oracle and the native tallgrass prairie. Trail guides are available for loan or purchase in the Visitor Center. Several benches are placed along the trail. While the trail is not ADA-compliant, it may be wheelchair accessible with some assistance (see Accessibility).
Weather in Minnesota is variable. Be prepared for seasonal conditions and rapidly-changing weather.
The Circle Trail is open year-round. Seasonal area closures for hazards such as snow and ice may be in effect.
Did You Know?
Joseph Nicollet and John C. Frémont, famous 19th century explorers, visited Pipestone National Monument in 1838 and carved their initials into the Sioux Quartzite cliff. The inscription is still visible along the Circle Trail. More...