"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.

A medicine wheel on a wall with a pipe and pipestone in front of it

New Exhibits

The 23 tribal nations affiliated with the park provided guidance and vital knowledge in the creation of new Visitor Center exhibits

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 13, 2020

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36 Reservation Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164


(507) 825-5464 x214

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