Pipestone National Monument

For thousands of years, Native Americans have been coming to the rock quarries at Pipestone National Monument. Here, the soft red stone is sacred; it's dug and carved by hand to make pipes for prayers and sacred ceremonies. The monument preserves more than 50 quarries that are still open to quarrying by members of federally recognized tribes. A visit to Pipestone is a chance to witness a tradition handed down through the centuries.

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Things To Do Near Pipestone National Monument

Experience Native American history and explore the lovely southwestern Minnesota countryside at Pipestone National Monument. Start in the visitor center, where educational exhibits explain the sacred nature of the local geology. Then, get outdoors to see the landscape for yourself. The small town of Pipestone sits a few minutes south, offering everything you need in the way of camping, shopping, and dining.

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How To Get To Pipestone National Monument

Pipestone National Monument is located in the southwestern corner of Minnesota, close to the South Dakota and Iowa borders. If you're coming from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, head east on I-90 and turn north on MN-23 or US-75 to reach Pipestone. From Minneapolis, take US-69 to Mankato and then head west on MN-60 and MN-30 until you reach Pipestone. From downtown Pipestone, drive north on 8th Avenue NE, turn left on 11th Street and drive about 0.5 miles until you see the park entrance.

Address

36 Reservation Ave., Pipestone, MN 56164

Fee: Entry fee $0

Pipestone National Monument offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about an active and sacred Native American tradition. As you explore the pipestone quarries, it's easy to imagine the people who have come to dig the precious red stone for centuries. An RV is a great way to see the monument and experience the pastoral wilderness of southern Minnesota.