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Trail Restoration Project Complete
(Pipestone, MN) Superintendent Glen Livermont announced today that construction for the Circle Trail Restoration Project was completed August 30th, 2014. Monument entry fees helped pay for the Trail Restoration Project, which replaced 1.2 miles of Nature and Quarry trails, widening the trail to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, and making the walking trail more user-friendly, enhancing visitor experiences.
To celebrate this long awaited day, Pipestone National Monument will host an open house, with refreshments and ranger guided trail walks on Thursday, September 18, 2014. "Knowing how important a walk on the Circle Trail can be for the local community and visitors to the area, I hope the public will make full use of the newly paved trails and join in with park staff in appreciating the improvements" stated Superintendent Livermont.
In addition to the Circle Trail Pipestone National Monument offers an orientation film, museum, picnic area and a gift shop. As a visitor you will be able to explore American Indian culture and the natural resources of the tallgrass prairie. Established by Congress in 1937 to protect the historic pipestone quarries, the site is considered sacred by many American Indians. Spanning centuries of use, American Indians continue to quarry pipestone at the Monument. To learn more about visiting the Pipestone National Monument and the NPS passes, visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/pipe.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov