HikingMinnesotaMonuments Tag: Pipestone

Exploring The Pipestone National Monument

Situated just north of Pipestone in southwestern Minnesota, Pipestone National Monument holds deep cultural significance as a site where Indigenous peoples from 23 tribal nations, such as the Dakota and Lakota, have quarried red pipestone for over 3,000 years, crafting pipes and effigies for ceremonial use.   Established on August 25, 1937, the monument preserves […]

MonumentsVisitor Centers Tag: Pipestone

The Visitor Center At Pipestone National Monument

The Pipestone National Monument visitor center serves as a hub of information and resources for visitors. It is located near the entrance and provides information on the park’s features, history, and activities. Speak with park rangers and volunteers at the information desk to get details on hiking trails and other activities available to visitors within […]

HikingIowaMonuments Tag: Effigy Mounds National Monument

Hiking The Fire Point Loop Trail In Effigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds National Monument is located in northeast Iowa along the banks of the Mississippi River and holds the distinction of being the state’s only national monument. The monument preserves over 200 prehistoric mounds, including numerous effigy mounds shaped like animals.   One of the favored trails within the monument is the Fire Point Trail. […]

HikingIowaMonuments Tag: Effigy Mounds National Monument

Hiking The Yellow River Bridge Trail In Effigy Mounds National Monument

The Yellow River Bridge Trail stands out as a favored hiking path within Iowa’s only national monument, Effigy Mounds National Monument. Venturing through this wetland setting becomes an immersive experience as hikers traverse a boardwalk made from recycled plastic, guiding them through a marsh and over the Yellow River.   The trailhead, conveniently situated behind […]

HikingIdahoMonuments Tag: craters of the moon national monument

Hiking In Lava Tubes On The Caves Trail In Craters of the Moon National Monument

The Caves Trail is located in Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. Craters of the Moon boast an extensive network of lava tubes and caves. Documented caves within the Monument currently exceeds 500 and more are discovered every year.   A few lava tubes are easily accessed from the Caves Trail and can […]

HikingIdahoMonuments Tag: craters of the moon national monument

Hiking The Tree Molds Trail In Craters of the Moon National Monument

The Tree Molds Trail is located in Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho. This easy two-mile out-and-back hike only has around 140 feet of elevation gain.   This trail winds through stands of limber pine in the Craters of the Moon Wilderness before reaching the edge of the Blue Dragon Flow. […]

HikingIdahoMonuments Tag: craters of the moon national monument

Hiking The Spatter Cones and Snow Cone Trails In Craters of the Moon National Monument

The Spatter Cones Trail and the Snow Cone Trail are located inside the Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. These short easy trails begin in the same parking lot and are great for the whole family.  The Snow Cone Trail is wheelchair accessible.   Spatter cones are made when hot lumps of lava […]