“These grounds are sacred”
For countless generations, American Indians have quarried the red pipestone found at this site. These grounds are sacred to many people because the pipestone quarried here is carved into pipes used for prayer. Many believe that the pipe's smoke carries one's prayer to the Great Spirit. The traditions of quarrying and pipemaking continue here today.
Great walk, kids enjoyed it.
Staff inside are very nice and helpful. Free to see small museum inside with some interesting Native American exhibits. Not much to see outside if/when it is cold and snowy but texture and color of rocks look very interesting.
There is a small fee to see the inside exhibits but you can just walk the exterior path which is most of the monument. However they usually have someone crafting the stone inside and the peace pipes and jewelry are for sale inside. Worth a few bucks to go inside.
Beautiful and we were in awe! We were very impressed with how this area just emerged out of a prairie. We had a power wheelchair in our party and found the trails to be so accessible, to the falls and back. I hike a lot of different places and think this is truly one of my favorites! We did not go in the visitor center due to showing up after it closed.
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Pipestone National Monument
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