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. Using our online itinerary creator, Crazy Horse attractions like Crazy Horse Memorial can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Crazy Horse Memorial is a colossal monument carved in stone by Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski in memory of the Sioux leader Crazy Horse, what with sitting bull took part in the battle of Little Bighorn against Custer's army. The sculpture was begun in 1948 and still under construction, when finished will be the greatest work ever carved into the rock, and was commissioned by native Americans not only to commemorate the great Indian Chief but also in response to "provocation" represented by the monument to the Presidents on Mount Rushmore. The sculpture, 172 metres high and wide 195, is really huge and it's obvious from the outside of the Memorial. To give you an idea, the heads of the Presidents on Mount Rushmore, which are high "only" 18 meters, insight seem monstrous anyway, let alone the Crazy Horse! Given the cost its not inconsiderable of the input ($22.00) were tempted not to enter, especially as to go below the monument had to then take the shuttle which obviously isn't free. But we said, now we are here, it's for a good cause ... If you can call it "good cause" disintegrate a mountain with dynamite for the glory of an Indian Chief (albeit onorabilissimo). In short, back and forth we decided to enter, noting that it actually is not that it goes much further, the monument could be seen always by far, but at least we were able to visit the Visitor Center, the Museum, the studio and the House of the sculptor. We saved the shuttle head $4.00, we have already sufficiently supported the "cause" ...
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  • I was on a Motorcycle trip and visited the Crazy Horse memorial thanks to a recommendation from a friend. There is a small fee you have to pay before you can park. There were plenty of spots and you c...  more »
  • It's well worth a visit even though it's not finished. It is quite dramatic but hard to invisage how it will look when it's completed (not that it will be in my life time). Visitors centre was very in...  more »
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  • I first visited this site in 1999, and then most recently in 2017. It was awesome to see how much progress was made on the memorial in that time. This is a must see when visiting Mount Rushmore. The dedication of this one family to finishing this memorial and their support of the American Indians history and culture is admirable. You can easily spend the entire day here with all of the things that you can do and the programs. Amazing gift shops and restaurants. The buffet was good. Service quirky.
  • We really enjoyed our time spent here learning of the history of the monument. All the staff we interacted with were friendly and knowledgeable and share their thoughts and knowledge with us. There is far more here than the monument--well worth the cost of admission. we loved the displays in the museum and the other structures that are on site. A must visit if you are in the area
  • Absolutely amazing experience! Gotta love the history surrounding this place. We spent many hours exploring and learning about so many aspects of this monument. The museum is awesome! So much to see and learn! The "Laughing Water" restaurant is great! Excellent food, atmosphere and service! We will definitely go back!
  • Fantastic monument. So much more impressive in person. The facilities are nice. The museum is a little boring though. Definitely recommend the movie. The evening laser show is good but not great. The best part is the end where they overlay the outline of the finished product with the laser on the mountain. Also recommend donating to fund progress.
  • So much rich history here. Tons of things to see, authentic clothing, a teepee, hand carved things, buffalo skins, beautiful quilts....too much to name. The video is amazing. And you can see the love the family has that's taking care of this great commission. The Indian taco was to die for and the view from the restaurant was amazing. I'm so happy I was able to tour this amazing place.

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