"When you pray with this pipe, you pray for and with everything."  -Black Elk

For countless generations, American Indians have quarried the red pipestone found at this site. These grounds are sacred to many people because the pipestone quarried here is carved into pipes used for prayer. Many believe that the pipe's smoke carries one's prayer to the Great Spirit. The traditions of quarrying and pipemaking continue here today.

Pipestone quarry showing tools, quartzite rubble, and depth of quarry.

Active Pipestone Quarry

Pipestone quarry showing tools, quartzite rubble, and depth of quarry.

Circle trail along the Quartzite Cliffs

Quartzite Cliffs

The Circle Trail is a paved, 3/4 mile, walking trail that leads to several points of interest at Pipestone National Monument.

Circle trail along the Pipestone Creek

Pipestone Creek

The Circle Trail is a paved, 3/4 mile, walking trail that leads to several points of interest at Pipestone National Monument.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

36 Reservation Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164

Phone:

(507) 825-5464 x214
This is a general purpose access phone line, allowing access to staff personnel via specific extensions or an operator and voicemail messaging. Normally, messages are returned within 24 hours.

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