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The story of this stone and the pipes made from it spans four centuries of Plains Indian life. Inseparable from the traditions that structured daily routine and honored the spirit world, pipes figured prominently in the ways of the village and in dealings between tribes. The story parallels that of a culture in transition: the evolution of the pipes influenced - and was influenced by - their makers' association with white explorers, traders, soldiers, and settlers.

Plains Indian culture has undergone radical change since the era of the free-ranging buffalo herds, yet pipecarving is by no means a lost art. Carvings today are appreciated as artworks as well as for ceremonial use. Once again, as commanded by the spirit bird in the Sioux story of its creation, the pipestone here is quarried by anyone of Indian ancestry. An age-old tradition continues in the modern world, ever changing yet firmly rooted in the past.



Email - PIPE_Superintendent@nps.gov

Fax- 507-825-5466

Write to
36 Reservation Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164-1269

Headquarters - 507-825-5464


Operating Hours, Seasons
Open daily.

The Visitor Center and Upper Midwest Indian Cultural Center is open daily at 8:00 am. In summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, it closes at 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00 pm Friday through Sunday. Other times of year, it closes at 5:00 pm.

Administrative Office hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm daily.

All facilities close on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Getting There
PLANE - Commercial service is located in Sioux Falls, SD, approximately 50 miles from the monument. Car rental is available at the airport. A small airport is operated in Pipestone, MN, however, no commercial service is available.

CAR - The monument is easily accessible from the south by interstate highway I-90 to Minnesota 23 or US 75, from the west by interstate highway I-29 to South Dakota 34 and Minnesota 30 to US 75, from the north by US 75, and from the east by Minnesota 30 or 23 to US 75. From US 75, road signs will lead you to the monument.

Weather & Climate
Summer is warm and pleasant, with high temperatures generally in the 80s F and lows in the 60s F. Ocassionally, highs will reach 100 F with high humidity. Winter is generally cold, with temperatures ranging from near freezing to below 0 F. Snow generally accumulates.

All visitor facilities are wheelchair accessible, including parking areas, the visitor center, restrooms, and the paved self-guided trail. A wheelchair is available at the visitor center.

Getting Around
For your safety and for the protection of sacred sites, please stay on paved trails. Travel is prohibited in quarries, on rock rubble piles, and on quartzite outcroppings.


Visitor Centers
Open All Year
Phone - 507-825-5464
Location - Park headquarters
Closures - Christmas Day and New Years Day
Special Programs - Ranger-led interpretive tours (Jun-Sep), Native American crafts demonstrations (Apr-Oct), Slide program, Founder's Day (August 25) events
Exhibits - The Visitor Center Museum and the Upper Midwest Indian Cultural Center feature pipe and pipestone artifacts. The Exhibit Quarry allows visitors to enter a former quarry and view the layers of prairie soil and Sioux quartzite overburden, as well as the pipestone layer, up close.
Available Facilities - Accessible public restrooms

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Campgrounds Nearby
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These outdoors activities are available near Pipestone National Monument.
 Campgrounds Near Pipestone National Monument:
Pipestone RV Campground, Pipestone, 1 miles away
Split Rock Creek State Park, Ihlen, 6 miles away
Marilyn DeBates Memorial Park, Jasper, 9 miles away
Horse Hill County Park, Lake Benton, 13 miles away
Hole-in-the-Mountain County Park, Lake Benton, 13 miles away
Rock River City Park, Edgerton, 14 miles away
Norwegian Creek Co. Park, Lake Benton, 15 miles away
 Hotels Near Pipestone National Monument:
Americas Best Value Inn Pipestone, Pipestone , 1 miles away
Super 8 Luverne, Luverne , 19 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SIOUX FALLS-BRANDON, Brandon , 26 miles away
Quality Inn Brandon, Brandon , 26 miles away
Econo Lodge North, Sioux Falls , 33 miles away
Days Inn Sioux Falls Airport, Sioux Falls , 34 miles away
Super 8 Airport I90, Sioux Falls , 34 miles away
 Trails Near Pipestone National Monument:
Casey Jones Trail, Pipestone County , 1 miles away
 Public Lands Near Pipestone National Monument:
Blue Mounds State Park, Minnesota , 16 miles away
Palisades State Park, South Dakota , 21 miles away
Big Sioux Recreation Area, South Dakota , 28 miles away
Camden State Park, Minnesota , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Pipestone National Monument:
Pipestone Golf & Country Club, Pipestone , 1 miles away
Rivers Bend Country Club, Flandreau , 15 miles away
Luverne Country Club, Luverne , 19 miles away
Tyler Golf Club, Tyler , 19 miles away
River Ridge Golf Club, Garretson , 19 miles away

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