Born in 1840 along Rapid Creek, Crazy Horse rose to become one of the most powerful Lakota Indians, second only to Sitting Bull. He remains somewhat of a mystery as he lived a life of solitude. But this lone wolf left an intriguing legacy.
Crazy Horse represents the freedom of the Native American spirit, roaming the wilds of the Great Plains. His monument is intended to immortalize and commemorate the soul of all native people. It’s a tall order – so much so that its massive size seems fitting. Standing at over 563 feet high, the Crazy Horse Memorial will be one of the tallest monuments in the world once completed. Started in 1948, the face and outline are carved forever in the Black Hills. Yet the monument is far from complete, giving you the chance to witness the creation of this amazing achievement.
During summer a nightly laser show dances across the face of the memorial, highlighting the Native American culture. “Legends in Light” starts at dark and is a good reason to linger. Special events throughout the year include the 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, the Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo in mid-June, and the Gift From Mother Earth Celebration, featuring artwork, clothing and jewelry from Native American and Western artists.
The Crazy Horse Memorial is open daily and year-round, from 8am until dark during the summer months, and 8am until 5pm during the winter. The visitor complex includes a welcome center, restaurant, theaters, the Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center.
Located on US Highways 16 and 385, 40 miles southwest of Rapid City
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.