Free Entry on Martin Luther King Day Holiday

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Date: December 20, 2016
Contact: Cody Goraczkowski, 507-825-5464 Ext. 213

Pipestone National Monument News Release

For Immediate Release 12/23/16
Contact: Cody Goraczkowski  Phone: 507-825-5464 Ext. 213 Email:

Free Entry on Martin Luther King Day Holiday

Pipestone, MN: Superintendent Glen H. Livermont announced that the Pipestone National Monument and other National Park Service (NPS) sites, around the country, proudly join the nation in observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day by offering fee-free entry into the parks on January 16, 2017.

Many people make New Year’s resolutions to spend more quality time with loved ones and there’s no better place than a national park to help keep those resolutions. National parks offer superb recreational opportunities, making them perfect places to enjoy our beautiful land, history, culture, and nurture a healthy lifestyle, while also spending time with loved ones.

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 which they carve into sacred pipes. The winter season offers many photographic opportunities of the prairie and is a perfect opportunity to explore American Indian culture and view all the natural resources of the tallgrass prairie. The Monument Visitor Center and Pipestone Indian Shrine Association, (gift shop) located in the Visitor Center will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To learn more about visiting the Pipestone National Monument, visit the park’s web site at or to learn more about the fee-free weekends in national parks around the country, go to Contact the Park Ranger at 507-825-5464 ext. 214 or email at e-mail us

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Last updated: December 20, 2016

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