Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue Of The Chiefs
Crazy Horse, SD
razy 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. 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. Night blasts are scheduled at least twice each summer. Check dates.
The Gift from Mother Earth Art Show and sale is in June of each year and features 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 and Ruth's 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, Laughing Water Restaurant, museums, gift shop and much more.
The Memorial opens at 7 a.m. during the summer months and closes just
before the nightly "Legends in Light" laser-light multimedia program,
which runs Memorial Day weekend through Native American Day. The
"Legends in Light" show starts at dark. Stop at the Orientation Office
to receive a free pass for a return visit to see the Light show.
The Memorial is open from 8 a.m. until dark during the winter months.
Booking Instructions: Please select one pass option. Leave quantity at 1 unless you have more than 1 vehicle or motorcycle. Valid for a one time admission for use anytime during your stay.
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