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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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  • It is an amazing story and we really enjoyed seeing what they are doing. All the years of work by one man and how his family have taken it over now. Well worth the visit!  more »
  • This property includes much more than the mountain memorial. There is a fascinating movie to tell the inspiring story behind this project. The site also includes a Native American Educational and Cult...  more »
  • We really enjoyed the 20 minute video when we first arrived. It was very informative and was definitely the high point of our visit. The museum was just okay. Hopefully we can see the finished structu...  more »
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  • A great visit with a great view. If you aren't careful, you just might learn something while you are there! Enjoyed watching and participating in a native dance demonstration. The whole family had a great time.
  • The complaints on this site are the result of a generation focused on instant gratification and the desire to get something for nothing. The vision and commitment of this family is admirable. I have been twice and would return in a minute. SPOILER ALERT: The carving is not done and wont be for a long time. Quit whining about your $11. I candidly was more inspired by the Crazy Horse carving than Rushmore's, although both are awesome. Although it is a few extra bucks, take the bus trip - amazing how getting closer really brings scale to the carving. And, for real perspective, get up top - either with the donation or the Volksmarch. You will be in awe. I will agree that if you only come in and see the movie and gift shop, you miss the grandeur of the place and may be disappointed. It's a vacation - you pay more to see a movie and most of those are very forgettable - the mountain will never leave you! Get out and really see it.
  • YOU CAN GET IN FOR FREE - twice a year they shut down blasting and allow visitors to hike to the top of the mountain. Check out the VOLKSMARCH. (all they asked was a donation of 3 canned goods to help feed needy people) 1. We started going to Crazy Horse in 2002. Once again, an awesome and emotionally inspiring experience. (much progress has been made in the past 15 years) 2. More impressive than Mt Rushmore. (which went over budget, was stopped because of a war and has never been completed - a quintessential Federal project) 3. Crazy Horse is MASSIVE - Numbers tell the story: - Mt. Rushmore - 410,000 tons of rock removed. - Crazy Horse - 8,000,000 tons and counting. (Crazy Horse's head is bigger than all of Mt Rushmore combined!) 4. If you do spend any money, it's used to pay for construction. (making you one of the people who help build it) 5. They have never accepted a penny of government money. 6. The museum is packed with interesting Native American art and artifacts. 7. Good restaurant. Nice gift shop with reasonable prices. 8. The evening laser show is impressive. 9. They give away FREE pieces of rock (blasting debris) as souvenirs. The Crazy Horse monument is more than the largest sculpture in the world. It's a foundation to preserve the customs and heritage of a magnificent people. Think about this: A formally educated Native American (who as a child escaped Custer's murderous campaign) asked the orphaned son of Polish immigrants to carve a mountain sculpture in honor the red man. Then with only $147, the self-taught artist (who survived the landing on Omaha beach) accepted the challenge and spent the rest of his life in virtual anonymity carving a mountain, knowing he would never live to see its completion. Today, it's the largest sculpture on the planet and is visited by people from all over the world. Only in America! If you are anywhere near the Black Hills of South Dakota, Crazy Horse is a must!
  • Haven't been back since I was a kid but obviously this technology was not a thing back then. It is since stuck out in my mind as a wonderful experience and I look forward to going back. $11 a head is not at all expensive, considering the good that comes from admissions. I hope that this memorial gets the continued support it deserves despite these T. rex types who cannot seem to reach their wallets for a measly $11 without whining. (Also. By comparison, Mount Rushmore is whack.)
  • I first saw the Crazy Horse Memorial as a child, probably about 1949 , 1950, 1951, sometime around then. It made an indelible impression on me! At that time there was only a slight visible crevasse on the mountain. There was only timber and mountains visible; no highways, no museums, no restaurants! We met the sculptor who spoke to us about the project, a huge burly man with a beard. Totally impressed! A lot of his kids were running around. It was just his house and studio as I remember. I vowed to return but so far have not been back so far. I have followed progress on the monument whenever I could find out anything about it. As a child we lived in Wichita, Kansas; now I am in Long Beach, NY where not a lot of attention is paid to "fly over country"! I relish any tidbit of information I am able to read! Bless the kids who stayed with the project! Crazy Horse will ride again. Cheers! Elsa Haupt