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?
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...