Pipestone, MN 56164
Pipestone National Monument offers an opportunity to explore American Indian culture and the natural resources of the tallgrass prairie. 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 Visitor Center is open daily 8am-5pm; Memorial Day to Labor Day extended hours are 8am-6pm. The Circle Trail remains open daily.
The last two weekends in July and the first weekend in August, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the Visitor Center extended hours are 8am-8pm. These open hours coincide with the presentation of the Hiawatha Pageant by the local Hiawatha Club.
The Visitor Center is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Pipestone National Monument is easily accessible from the following highways. When you reach the city of Pipestone, road signs will lead you to Pipestone National Monument.
Travel from Luverne, MN, to Pipestone, MN, north on US Highway 75, 25 miles
Travel from I-90 north on Minnesota Highway 23 to Pipestone, MN, 27 miles.
Travel from Marshall, MN, southwest on Minnesota Highway 23 to Pipestone, MN, 45 miles.
Travel from Slayton, MN, west on Minnesota Highway 30 to Pipestone, MN, 29 miles.
Travel from Lake Benton, MN, south on US Highway 75 to Pipestone, MN, 19 miles.