"When you pray with this pipe, you pray for and with everything."  -Black Elk

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.

A group of people walking along a trail

Hours of Operation

Information on what's open and what the park's hours are

A man in a quarry with a sledgehammer

Quarrying Pipestone

How to get a permit and the process behind quarrying pipestone

2 men quarrying

Pipestone: An Unbroken Legacy

22-minute movie about the cultural significance of the pipestone quarries and the pipe from Native Americans themselves

Map of trail with key spots labeled

Digital Tour

Explore the Circle Trail online from your own home or classroom

Last updated: November 24, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

36 Reservation Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164

Phone:

(507) 825-5464 x214

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