Crazy Horse Memorial Stampede Rodeo

25th Annual - June 19 – 21, 2015

The annual Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo is held in mid- June at the Crazy Horse Memorial outdoor arena. The Stampede is one of the few rodeos to offer events sponsored by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and the Great Plains Indian Rodeo Association (GPIRA) events.

Crazy Horse Memorial supports the Crazy Horse Stampede to further the Memorial’s goals of cultural understanding. The late Anne Ziolkowski Christensen (1955-2011), daughter of Memorial sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (1908-1982) and Ruth Ziolkowski (1926-2014), directed the rodeo for more than 20 years. Anne frequently underscored the importance of the rodeo beyond sports competition, saying, “If we can learn to play together, we can learn to work together.”

The GPIRA rodeo is held on Friday to open the three-day event. The PRCA- and WPRA-sanctioned events are held Saturday and Sunday. “Slack” events are held Saturday at 2 p.m. after the performance. The Stampede is a one go-round rodeo.

The Stampede is produced by Korkow Rodeos, a national award-winning outfit based in South Dakota.

Even if you have never seen a bull buck, the animated rodeo clowns, energized announcers and talented contestants will sweep you up in the excitement of thrilling Crazy Horse Stampede arena action.

Daily rodeo admission is $17 for adults (ages 12 and up), $6 for children (age 6-11) and free for children under 6 years of age. Tickets may be purchased at the entrance to the rodeo grounds on the day of the rodeo. Your rodeo tickets include admission to the Gift from Mother Earth Art Show and Crazy Horse Memorial.

Visitors interested in only the art show and the Memorial special admission rate to Crazy Horse Memorial visitor complex at $11 per carload, where the Gift from Mother Earth Art Show is held.
  • “No one is ever wrong who desires to do that which is not required of them to do — and that which is of a noble purpose. The purpose of Crazy Horse is noble.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes also.”
    Chief Henry Standing Bear
  • “When the legends die, the dreams end. When the dreams end, there is no more greatness.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “The Important thing is that we never stop. That’s the main thing. And if you looked at it as strictly a view of being finished, you could get awfully distracted waiting for that day to come. This way, you’re pleased with every little step of progress that you make.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “By carving Crazy Horse, if I can give back to the Indian some of his pride and create a means to keep alive his culture and heritage, my life will have been worthwile.”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor
  • “He left everything so we can carry on his work, and that’s just what we’re going to do. We’re dedicated to that. His whole life would be wasted if the mountain carving and the humanitarian goals are not completed.”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “My lands are where my dead lie buried.”
    Crazy Horse
  • “If it weren’t for each and every one you, whether your gift was small or large monetarily, whether it was friendship and encouragement, without you we wouldn’t be here…”
    Ruth Ziolkowski / Sculptor's Wife
  • “Standing Bear explained that the Indian has a concept of honoring their great heroes that’s totally different from the white man’s. It was difficult for me to understand at first…The Indian uses the direct approach. He says: that man was my ancestor, and he was a great man, so we should honor him-I would not lie or cheat because I am his blood”
    Korczak Ziolkowski / Sculptor

Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Crazy Horse, SD 57730-8900

(605) 673-4681


Upcoming Events

  • Memorial Weekend
    May 25-28

    Memorial Weekend <br />May 26-29,<br /> 2017
    Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.
  • Legends in Light
    May 25-Sep 30

    Legends in Light<br /> May 26-Oct 1<br />
    This spectacular light show tells the story of the Memorial in laser lights projected onto the Mountain. You will be treated to the story of Chief Henry Standing Bear’s invitation to Korczak, Ruth’s contributions and special features of many Native American heroes. This must see show is featured nightly at dark, for sun down times click here:
  • Native Americans’Day
    Oct 8

    Native Americans’ Day  Oct 10, 2016
    Governor George S. Mickelson and the SD legislature declared 1990 as the “Year of Reconciliation”, the day formerly known as Columbus Day became Native American Day. Native American Day at Crazy Horse Memorial is celebrated by planned activities for kids, program and performers, Educator of the Year is awarded and (weather permitting) a mountain blast. Admission is waved to the Memorial with 3 cans of food per person.