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Crazy Horse Memorial, Crazy Horse

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A massive stone carving honoring the Oglala Lakota warrior and hero Crazy HorseCrazy Horse Memorial has the potential to become the world’s largest sculpture at 195 m (641 ft) wide and 172 m (563 ft) high. This memorial was originally commissioned by Chief Henry Standing Bear in 1948 and has yet to be completed. The monument is located in the Black Hills, a land sacred to Lakota culture, only 27 km (17 mi) away from Mount Rushmore. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski’s widow now oversees the ongoing work and the education of visitors on Native American culture. Entrance fees support the continued construction of this work in progress, as the sculpture receives no federal or state funding. Arrange to visit Crazy Horse Memorial and other attractions in Crazy Horse using our Crazy Horse travel itinerary planner.
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  • My family was amazed at the history and beauty of Crazy Horse. We didn't even know it existed until we stumbled upon it during a trip to Mount Rushmore. The museum is fantastic and the story is incred...  more »
  • This was not my first visit to Crazy Horse. I have gone multiple times over the years. I did the Volksmarch several years ago and highly recommend it. However, my hubby and kids (5 & 1) had their firs...  more »
  • A monument so grand that it hasn't been finished...yet. Does not match Mount Rushmore in stature, but a place worthy of seeing for sure. 
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  • This is one of those must-see, "bucket-list" places. Only took me 60 years to get here. Very inspiring. Amazing to see what is being done (still an active site with demolition) using only private funds. Hard to get real perspective of overall size--but impressive to know that the head of Crazy Horse alone is larger than all four heads of Mt. Rushmore combined. Great gift shop and eating facilities. Wide walkways are handicap friendly. Shuttle busses are available (extra cost) to get closer to actual monument. Many displays with background information on Native American traditions and peoples. Actually more awe-inspiring than Mt. Rushmore. Don't do one without the other--but give a full day to each one!
  • The moment we found out at the entry booth how much they were charging and what those prices covered we U turned our way out of there. I had already experienced a similar scam at Royal Gorge in Colorado which by itself us beautiful but they have manufactured some forms of entertainment to juice you. The monument us NEVER going to be complete in our generation. It will take 6 more generations? Really? In this day and age with all the technology?
  • This place is a scam. You pay $28 to get into the main area, and then pay another couple dollars to get a bus ride up to the incomplete monument. From a video made in 2012, it looks like nothing has changed. They also plan on building a university & an airport. Yes, an AIRPORT. What about your incomplete monument? Like I said, complete scam.
  • One of the most remarkable places to visit in the area - way better than Mt. Rushmore. Fascinating history and truly an amazing project that is fun to see year over year to see the progress being made. Food is great, staff is friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend visiting this at least once in your life time - you will want to come back if only to see the progress. Make sure you take the tour to the base of the mountain and is it puts everything into perspective.
  • It has been a rather long time since I visited there, but it is etched deeply in my memory and if ever able, I would go back in a heart beat. It is not only just here, but all around. The people, what they have to offer, and what you learn. Just remember to look at what is important, the history, art and native people.