Pipestone National Monument, by virtue of its protected status, has some of the only native tallgrass prairie habitat left in America. Many plants can be seen close up along the Circle Trail and viewed as a stunning mosaic from the road. Over 500 species of plants occur at the Monument, including one federally threatened species (the Western prairie-fringed orchid) and nearly a dozen state-listed rare species.
The staff at Pipestone National Monument make every effort to preserve this valuable resource through the use of controlled burns and removal of non-native or introduced plant species.
Last updated: November 16, 2019