Pipestone National Monument. Basic information for visitors to the Pipestone National Monument
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Pipestone National Monument In southwestern Minnesota, near Pipestone
For centuries Native Americans obtained stone from these lands to make pipes for ceremonial and social uses, and today the 282-acre site preserves the noted Pipestone Quarries in their natural prairie setting. The Native American crafts center has locally made items on display and for sale. About 160 acres of the area are bluestem prairie, an important remnant of the once-abundant grasslands typical of the plains. The monument was established in 1937.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Buying Native American crafts, hiking through prairie and quarries, picnicking, taking self-guided tour, touring museum, watching pipe-making and crafts demonstrations. Facilities: Visitor center, cultural center, interpretive exhibits, museum, movies, hiking trail. Picnic tables with fire grills. Programs & Events: Pipe-making, craft, and cultural demonstrations (Apr.-Oct.), ranger-led trail walks (June-Aug.), videos of craftwork and quarrying (Nov.-Mar.). Founders Day (Aug. 25). Tips & Hints: Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Dec. and Jan.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: None at site. In Pipestone: Pipestone Campground (919 N. Hiawatha Ave., tel. 507/825-2455; 89 sites; $16-$28; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups; closed Nov.-mid-Apr). Hotel: None in park. In Pipestone: Historic Calumet Inn (104 W. Main St., tel. 507/825-5871 or 800/535-7610; 41 rooms; $80). X Restaurant: None in park. In Pipestone: Historic Calumet Restaurant (104 W. Main St., tel. 507/825-5871; $6-$9; no dinner Sun.). Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Pipestone: Jubas Super Value (220 2nd Ave. NE, tel. 507/825-4201), M & M Distributing (120 2nd St. NW, tel. 507/825-4133).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $3 per person, $5 per family. No hunting or fishing. Leashed pets only on trail. No bikes, skateboards, or in-line skates on trail. Park and trail open daily. Visitor center open Memorial Day-Labor Day, Mon.-Thurs. 8-6, Fri.-Sun. 8-8; Labor Day-Memorial Day, daily 8-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
On the northern edge of Pipestone via U.S. 75 or Rtes. 23 or 30. Closest airport: Sioux Falls, SD (45 mi).
Pipestone National Monument (36 Reservation Ave., Pipestone, MN 56164, tel. 507/825-5464, fax 507/825-5466,. Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce (Box 8, Pipestone, MN 56164, tel. 507/825-3316 or 800/336-6125, fax 507/825-3317, www.).
Pipestone National Monument In southwestern Minnesota. Basic information for visitors to the Pipestone National Monument In southwestern Minnesota, near Pipestone