Outdoor Activities

Boot in a snowshoe
Free snowshoe rental during the winter

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Winter Snowshoeing

After January 1st, the park stops clearing snow from the 3/4-mile Circle Trail to allow for snowshoeing during the winter season. The South Quarry Trail will still be plowed in order to allow easier access from the Three Maidens to the Visitor Center (approximately a 1/4-mile).

Snowshoes may be checked out for free any time the Visitor Center is open and must be returned before closing the same day. Adult and child sizes are available. Visitors may also bring their own snowshoes if they choose to. To protect park resources, including wildlife habitat, snowshoes must stay on the Circle Trail.

If you have never snowshoed before, park staff will gladly show you how to put on and use the snowshoes. Guided snowshoe hikes are dependant on staffing levels.

 
Circle Trail
The 3/4-mile Circle Trail winds through tallgrass prairies and woodlands.

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Nature Walk

The Circle Trail, which begins and ends at the Visitor Center, is a paved walking trail that leads to several points of interest at Pipestone National Monument.

We suggest allotting 45 minutes to an hour for the entire walk. Features along the trail include the pipestone quarries, historical markers, Old Stone Face, Winnewissa Falls, and native tallgrass prairie. Trail guides are available for loan or purchase in the Visitor Center. Several benches are placed along the trail. While the trail is not American Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant, it may be wheelchair accessible with some assistance (see Accessibility).

Weather in Minnesota is variable. Be prepared for seasonal conditions and rapidly-changing weather.

The Circle Trail is open year-round. Seasonal area closures for hazards such as snow and ice may be in effect.


 
Visitors walking on a trail
Daily ranger programs are available during the summer season.

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Interpretive Programs

Formal interpretive programs are available during the summer and may include talks, guided walks, multimedia presentations or other activities. Check at the front desk in the Visitor Center for topics, meeting times, and locations.

Exploring the park on your own is always an option as well. Please remember this site is sacred to many people, so it's important to stay on the paved trail at all times.

There are also special events throughout the year that offer a variety of outdoor experiences. Call the park (507-825-5464 ext. 214) or check the 'Schedule of Events' at the bottom of our
Things To Do page for more information.


 
Picture of Three Maidens at sunset
Three Maidens

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Picnic Area

The picnic area is located next to the Three Maidens along the entrance road to the Visitor Center. There are picnic tables, a restroom, and the Three Maidens feature (please do not climb on the rocks).

Bordering Pipestone National Monument to the south is the City's Hiawatha Pageant Park with a covered picnic shelter, a pond with catch-and-release fishing, and a lodge. To rent the covered picnic shelter or the lodge, call
(507) 825-3324 or visit the city website for more information.

Last updated: January 21, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

36 Reservation Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164

Phone:

(507) 825-5464 x214

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