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

    Pipestone

    National Monument Minnesota

Your Safety

The most important thing you can do to remain safe while exploring Pipestone National Monument is to remain on the paved trail while hiking. Keep the following points in mind:

  • Ticks and poison ivy are easily encountered off the paved trail.
  • Quarries are especially dangerous because they are often steep, deep, and lined with loose rock that could cause injury or a fall.
  • The areas of the trail with steps as well as the floor of the demonstration quarry can be slick when wet.
  • No drinking water is available along the trail.

Did You Know?

A seam of pipestone between layers of quartzite

The red pipestone rock at Pipestone National Monument was traded as far east as Georgia and as far west as the Pacific coast. More...