Autumn Volksmarch


CRAZY HORSE, S.D. – Crazy Horse Memorial is hosting its fourth annual Autumn Volksmarch, Sunday, September 30. Admission to the Memorial is waived for hikers but a donation of three (3) cans of food per person is requested in an effort to support local food drives. The American Volkssport Association hikers’ fee is a cash-only, $3 per person - regardless of age. Check-in for the 10k (6.2 miles) begins at 8 a.m. at the upper parking area of the Memorial. All hikers must be checked-in by 1 p.m. and off the trail by 4 p.m.

This round-trip route on hilly, rough terrain, takes hikers to an elevation of 6,500 feet above sea level on the Arm of Crazy Horse, the turnaround point. The hike takes an average of two to four hours to complete and hikers are urged to pace themselves, wear proper attire – including shoes - for the weather and the terrain, and to travel lightly. Infant strollers and wheelchairs are not suitable for the terrain. All pets are prohibited on the trail.

Water stations and port-a-potties are available along the trail. Due to the popularity of the event, parking may be quite a distance from the starting point. Shuttle buses will be available.

Twice a year, the public has the opportunity to partake in the nation’s most popular organized hike and come face-to-face with Crazy Horse. This nine-story-high portion of the World’s Largest Mountain Carving in progress was completed on June 3, 1998. The Crazy Horse Memorial Volksmarch, sponsored by the Black Hills chapter of the AVA, set a record – 15,000 hikers in one year.

Laughing Water Restaurant at Crazy Horse Memorial will open at 6 a.m. to serve breakfast the morning of the Volksmarch. Lunch and dinner will also be served and snacks are available at the Snack Shop. Coffee is always free at the Memorial.

Crazy Horse Memorial offers historical and current information about Native American life at the Indian Museum of North America® and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center®. The Mountain Carving Room provides an up-to-date film about the Mountain crew and their progress throughout the summer. Korczak and Ruth’s Studio-Home and Workshop houses sculptures, artwork and antiques belonging to the Ziolkowski family. Crazy Horse Memorial also offers dining at Laughing Water Restaurant and Snack Shop and a Gift Shop featuring exclusive Crazy Horse and Native American handmade gifts.

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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


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.