31st Annual Spring Volksmarch June 4th Recap

Crazy Horse, SD - The first day of the 31st Annual Spring Volksmarch was a success. Hikers from all over came to participate in the 10K (6.2 mile) round trip hike to the arm of the Mountain Carving.

The event drew in 5,738 hikers, including foreigners from Germany Australia, Italy and many more. They were able to see the equipment up close which is being used to carve the Hand of Crazy Horse. One man celebrated his 20th time hiking up to the Arm of Crazy Horse. Hikers enjoyed taking pictures of the equipment, including the Manitou positioned at the tunnel of the Mountain. The display of the Manitou helped give visitors an idea of the carving process. When purchased, it was the largest of it's kind in the US. Visitors also had a chance to speak with the Mountain Crew.
There is still a chance Sunday, June 5th to be a part of this massive event.
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. Normal admission rates apply to non-hikers. 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 dedicated June 3, 1998.

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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 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: http://www.calendar-updates.com/sun.asp
  • 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.