The Circle Trail, which begins and ends at the Visitor Center, is a paved, 3/4-mile 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.
For those unable to tour the Circle Trail in person, a digital tour is available.
Last updated: June 12, 2020