"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.

Coming this November, For the first time since 1958...

New Exhibits on the Way

Pipestone National Monument has worked with 23 affiliated tribal nations to create brand new exhibits

Quarrier breaking through quartzite to get to the pipestone

The Pipestone Quarries

The history of quarrying pipestone & how the process works today (including information for American Indians interested in quarrying)

Ihanktonwan leader Struck by the Ree

History & Culture

Learn about Pipestone's history, the stories behind its unique features, and the quarriers who continue a 3,000-year-old tradition

A quarrier giving a talk

Things To Do

Indoor and outdoor activities, special events, Jr. Ranger programs, nearby attractions, day trips from Pipestone, and more

Last updated: November 17, 2019

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Mailing Address:

36 Reservation Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164


(507) 825-5464 x214

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