Hau Koda! (Welcome Friend!) We invite you to visit Pipestone, Minnesota, home of the Native American Peacepipe Quarries, the Pipestone National Monument, and the beautiful Sioux Quartzite buildings in the Historic Downtown District. Forty-seven miles northeast of Sioux Falls, there is so much to see and do here, we came up with the following Top 15 Things to Do in Pipestone! Take the time to come, stay, and explore all we have to offer. There are a variety of lodging options from a historic 1888 hotel with antique rooms to campgrounds to tipis to modern hotels or motels. We encourage you to browse our website at www.PipestoneMinnesota.com or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pipestonechamber

Top 15 Things to Do in Pipestone:

1. Pipestone National Monument: For generations, American Indians have quarried the red pipestone found at this site which is part of the National Park Service. Start your visit at the Visitor Center with an Orientation film, museum exhibits, and petroglyphs. Next, walk the 3/4 mile paved Circle Trail to experience all the beauty of this area including: Winnewissa Waterfall, 

Sacred Pipestone Quarries, Sioux Quartzite Cliffs, Tallgrass Prairie, Pipestone Creek, Lake Hiawatha, Leaping Rock (Old Stone Face), the Oracle, and the Joseph Nicollet Expedition Marker. On your drive into the Monument, be sure to stop at a popular Pipestone landmark, the Three Maidens. www.nps.gov/pipe

2. Pipestone Indian Shrine Association: Watch cultural demonstrations of pipestone being carved into pipes and crafts by American Indians at the Pipestone Indian Shrine located inside the Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center. 

The Pipestone Indian Shrine Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Indian art form of pipemaking. Visit with local artisans to enhance your visit to the Monument and stop at their bookstore and gift shop.


3. Pipestone County Fair (August 5-8, 2015): Come to our County Fair and enjoy a variety of food, entertainment, exhibits, and the midway! There is something for everyone including a Ranch Rodeo, All American Lumberjack Show, Antique Tractor Display and Parade, NTPA Truck and Tractor Pull, Filthy 15 Mud Challenge, Larry Olsen Polka Band, music and dance performers, and much more! http://pipestonecountyfair.sites.pipestonepublishing.com/

4. Historic Downtown District Walking Tour: Enjoy a walk in our National Register Historic District located in Downtown Pipestone. From the quarries nearby, craftsmen obtained plentiful supplies of Sioux Quartzite which they used for building many of the nearly 40 sites on the walking tour. 

Free Walking Tour Guide Books are available at the Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center as well as the Museum. Don’t miss the 16 unique gargoyles carved in sandstone by Pioneer sculptor Leon H. Moore!

5. Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers: Home of the World’s Largest Peacepipe, this is a popular spot for selfies and traditional photos! Located inside the Historic Rock Island Depot, the Keepers operate a Gift Shop and Gallery filled with pipestone, peacepipes, beaded and quilled jewelry, leather items, drums, dreamcatchers, and American Indian art. www.PipeKeepers.org

6. Pipestone Ghost Walks & Paranormal Weekend: Starting at the Museum, walk through the Historic Downtown District while period-dressed guides tell local tales of the unusual associated with many of the buildings. Offered every Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Check out their facebook page at “Pipestone Ghost Walks.”

Additionally, Pipestone is hosting a Paranormal Weekend October 10-11, 2015. www.pipestoneminnesota.com/cwd/ghostwalk/

photo credit: Erica Volkir

7. Pipestone Summer Cruizin’ Nights (August 13 and September 3, 2015): All summer long, Pipestone hosts free monthly Summer Cruizin’ Nights in our Historic Downtown District. Come to admire or bring your classic cars, trucks, or motorcycles for the event which starts at 5 p.m. and culminates in a cruise around “The Square” at 8:00 p.m.