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Crazy Horse Memorial
©Crazy Horse Memorial, Korczak, Sc., 1/34th scale model, mountain 3/4 mile in the distance.

Crazy Horse Memorial

The Crazy Horse Memorial project was started in 1948 at the request of Chief Henry Standing Bear to carve a mountain to honor the heritage, tradition and culture of North American Indians. The sculptor, Koczak Ziolkowski, decided on the legendary Ogala Sioux leader, Chief Crazy Horse. Thirty-four years into the project, Ziolkowski died unexpectedly. HIs wife Ruth and their family, in conjunction with the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, continued the project. Upon completion, the Crazy Horse Memorial will be the largest sculpture in the world. 

On the first full weekend in June, the Crazy Horse Volksmarch opens a 10K route to hikers that winds around the base of the mountain and up onto Crazy Horse's outstretched arm.

There are many blasts throughout the year - four are special, scheduled to honor significant events.

  • The first night blast of the summer is held at dark the night of June 26th honor the Battle of Little Big Horn and to celebrate Ruth Ziolkowski's birthday. The spectacular ceremonial blasts light up the mountain with fireballs and specially designed pyrotechnical features.

  • A daytime blast will take place on July 4th in honor of Independence Day.

  • A third blast is held September 6th in observance of the 1887 death of Lakota leader Crazy Horse and sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski’s birthday.

  • A daytime blast takes place on Native American Day (weather permitting) to honor all the tribes of North America.

Admission is required to enter the Memorial, which is open year-round. Crazy Horse is not a federal or state project. It is funded by admissions and contributions.

Open daily / year-round.

Seasonal Hours:

Summer Months 8am until dark
Winter Months 8am - 5pm


The visitor complex surrounding the mountain carving includes a welcome center, theaters, full-service restaurant, gift shop, the Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center. Visitors may also tour Korczak’s Studio and original home.

The “Legends In Light” Multimedia Program

During the summer months there is a nightly multimedia laser-light show that spotlights Native American culture using dramatic animations and a stirring musical score. The "Legends in Light" show starts at dark.

Special Events

The Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo is held mid-June on the grounds, and is sanctioned by both the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association. At this same time, the Gift from Mother Earth Celebration highlights the artwork, clothing, and jewelry of Native American and Western artists.

Things You Should Know About Visiting Crazy Horse

  • Located on US Hwys. 16 and 385, 40 miles southwest of Rapid City.

  • Fees:

    • Adults - $10

    • Carload - $27

    • Motorcycles - $5

    • FREE admission for: children under 6 years old, Native Americans, Military (with active duty ID), Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops (in uniform), and Custer County, SD residents

For more information call 605-673-4681 or visit the Crazy Horse Memorial website.