Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial is the world's largest sculpture-in-progress, and frequent drilling and mountain blasts make each visit unique. When completed, Crazy Horse Memorial will stand 563 feet tall by 641 feet long. The project was started in 1948 at the request of Chief Henry Standing Bear who invited sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski to carve a mountain to honor the heritage, tradition and culture of North American Indians. Its namesake, Crazy Horse, was a war leader of the Oglala Lakota Tribe and a prominent leader in the Sioux resistance to white encroachment on the Black Hills. His bravery and skill are greatly admired, and he is revered by the Sioux as one of their greatest leaders. The visitors' complex surrounding the mountain carving includes the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Cultural Center, the Sculptor's studio home and workshop, a 40,000 square foot Orientation Center and two theaters. Nightly performances of a multimedia laser-light show spotlight Native American culture using dramatic animations and a stirring musical score. The Crazy Horse Stampede rodeo is held mid-June on the grounds, and is sanctioned by both the PRCA and Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association. At this same time, the Gift from Mother Earth Art Show highlights the artwork of Native American and Western artists. On the first full weekend in June and again during the fall Buffalo Roundup in nearby Custer State Park, the Crazy Horse Volksmarch opens a 10K (6.2 miles) route to hikers that winds around the base of the mountain and up onto Crazy Horse's outstretched arm. The bi-annual hike draws walkers from around the world. Korczak's wife Ruth and their family have continued the project working with the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. An entrance fee is required to enter the memorial, which is open year-round. Proceeds fund further development of the colossal mountain carving in progress. See the colossal mountain carving in progress, visitor center, museums, gift shop and much more. Welcome Center and The Museums of the Memorial 8:00 am - 6:00 pm | Educational and Cultural Center 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | Bus to Base - A closer look of the Mountain from the base. *Weather and road conditions permitting. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm* | Gift Shop 8:00 am - 6:00 pm | The Memorial will be open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily from May 18-21. Starting May 22, closing time will be approximately 30 minutes after the Laser Light Show, which begins at dark. Thirty minutes preceding the show, there will be a special tribute to Native American military veterans. The three PANI slide projectors create panoramic images as wide as the mountain carving. A closed-loop ice-making system cools the lasers, without drawing on water resources. This dynamic method of storytelling provides a unique experience for our guests to enjoy. Booking Instructions: Please select one pass option. Leave quantity at 1 unless you have more than 1 vehicle or motorcycle. Pass is valid for a one time admission for use anytime during your stay.

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