2015 Dedication Blast & Spring Volksmarch

20150603Blast4As the summer season approaches the Crazy Horse Memorial team is preparing for two large events, the dedication anniversary blast on June 3, 2015 and the 30th annual spring Volksmarch June 6 & 7, 2015. June 3 marks the 67th anniversary of the first 10,000 ton blast done on the Mountain. Visitors to the Memorial on June 3, 2015 will witness a production blast (weather permitting) at 11:33 a.m.  

Looking for a great day outdoors? Try out the Crazy Horse Memorial Volksmarch hike June 6 & 7. The 10K (6.2 mile) round trip hike to the arm of the Mountain Carving is open to the public and is sponsored by the American Volksmarch Association. The hike takes 2-4 hours to complete, and participants are encouraged to pace themselves due to terrain and peak elevation of nearly 6,500 feet above sea level.

Admission to the Memorial is waived for Volksmarchers with a donation of three cans of food per person. Registration for the hike, sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of the American Volksport Association, is $3.00 per person; registration begins at 6:00 am and closes at 1:00 pm. The hiking trails will open at 8:00 am and all participants should be off the trail by 4:00 pm. The trail winds through the Crazy Horse Memorial grounds with the turn-around point on the arm of Crazy Horse directly in front of the nine-story-high face, which was completed June 3, 1998.

Past hikes have been attended by as many as 15,000 hikers. Shuttles are available from the parking areas to the registration tent. Pets are not allowed and the trail is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Sturdy footwear is recommended for the journey. Water and aid stations will be located along the trail. For more information visit the events section on crazyhorsememorial.org.

Hikers are invited to enjoy the Museums, Cultural Center, and other amenities.

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  • “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

Email: memorial@crazyhorse.org

Upcoming Events

  • Memorial Weekend
    May 26-29
    2017

    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 26-Oct 1
    2017

    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: http://www.calendar-updates.com/sun.asp
  • Native Americans’Day
    Oct 9
    2017

    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.