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Pipestone National Monument offers an opportunity to explore unique cultural and natural resources in the region commonly known as the Coteau des Prairies (the Highland of the Prairies). The Monument was established in 1937 to ensure access for American Indians enrolled in federally recognized tribes to the pipestone quarries. The Monument also preserves a distinctive geological story, glacial history, and 301-acres of tallgrass prairie (some of which has never been plowed).

The 3/4-mile Circle Trail is home to beautiful Sioux Quartzite outcroppings, a waterfall, over 500 types of plants, roughly 100 bird species, 25 mammal species, 26 fish species, 45 macroinvertebrate species, and more.

The blending of cultural and natural resources at Pipestone National Monument makes this a remarkable place to visit.


Last updated: November 13, 2019

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36 Reservation Ave
Pipestone , MN 56164


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