"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.

Ranger outside reading to a woman and two children

Read with a Ranger

Hang out with a park ranger as they read children's books teaching Dakota & Lakota languages and values. Hands-on activities included!

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Things To Do

Demonstrations, exhibits, special events, programs, self-guided tours, Jr. Ranger programs, and more

A man in a quarry with a sledgehammer

Quarrying Pipestone

How to get a permit and the process behind quarrying pipestone

2 men quarrying

Pipestone: An Unbroken Legacy

22-minute movie about the cultural significance of the pipestone quarries and the pipe from Native Americans themselves

Map of trail with key spots labeled

Digital Tour

Explore the Circle Trail online from your own home or classroom

Last updated: May 24, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

36 Reservation Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164


(507) 825-5464 x214

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