For nearly 2000 years the Plains Indians have prized this soft stone. They use it to make stone pipes for ceremonial smoking. At the visitor center there is a short, 22 minute film on the struggles the Native Americans had to protect their lands and quarries for this precious stone. Very interesting, I highly recommend.
We then walked through the small museum that displayed some of the pipes that the Native Americans made!
We grabbed our Junior Ranger booklets and took off to the outside trail. We did the Circle trail and stopped to take a lot of pictures. This place is very photogenic. The boys loved finding the faces in the rocks, can you spot them as well??
And just when you think the walk is over, you get this view, from the bottom of the creek! Wow, what a view!!
Now we are chilling out at The Historic Calumet Inn, in Pipestone! Beautiful hotel, rumor has it, it may be haunted! 👻👻 Game on!! We will let you know if we hear anything going bump in the night 😱 As of now I recommend this place! Reminds me of some hotels we stayed at in Europe. I can’t get enough of those!
Hope you enjoyed our pictures of Day 1 of National Park Trip Season 2! Up next is The Badlands!!
Enjoy your travels!!