About Crazy Horse
He remains a bit of a mystery as he lived a life of isolation. But this lone wolf left an intriguing heritage and inspired sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski to create the world’s largest mountain carving, right here from the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Crazy Horse has come to represent the liberty of the Native American spirit, roaming the wilds of the Great Plains. The carved mountain monument in his honor is intended to immortalize and exude the spirit of indigenous men and women. It is a tall order — so much so that its huge size seems fitting. Growing over 563 feet, Crazy Horse Memorial will be one of the greatest monuments on the planet once completed.
Work on the crystal hill breaking began in 1948, with the face and outline now established as Crazy Horse gazes forever across the Black Hills. Since the ambitious project is far from complete, seeing the Crazy Horse monument site allows you to see the production of the amazing achievement.
Visit Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial is open every day and year-round, from 8:00 a.m. until dark during the summertime, and 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. through the winter. The visitor complex features a welcome center, restaurant, theaters, the Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center.Fees: Adults $11, Carload $28, Motorcycles $5 per rider FREE admission for:
Children under 6, Native Americans, Crazy Horse Memorial Storytellers (donors), Military with active-duty ID, Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops in uniform and Custer County residents.
Special Events At Crazy Horse Memorial
Special events throughout the year include:
– Crazy Horse Volksmarch on the first full weekend in June, opening a 10K route to hikers that winds around the base of the mountain and up onto Crazy Horse’s outstretched arm.
– Gift From Mother Earth Art Show is held mid-June and highlights the artwork, clothing, and jewelry of Native American and Western artists.
– Legends in Light starts at dark and is a good reason to linger under the night sky. During the summer, a nightly laser show dances across the face of the memorial, highlighting the Native American culture.
– In early October, the 10K hiking route opens once again for the Crazy Horse Autumn Volksmarch, giving visitors the chance to experience a woodlands ramble during the popular fall touring season in the Black Hills.