Public invited to three banner weekends
“In addition to special activities, these weekends offer an opportunity for visitors to see the winter progress on the mountain and new displays in the visitor complex,” said Ruth Ziolkowski, the Memorial’s chief executive officer.
Admission to Crazy Horse Memorial on the following dates will be waived in exchange for three cans of food per person or monetary contribution for the KOTA Care & Share Food Drive benefitting people served by the Feeding South Dakota food bank:
- May 17-19, Friday through Sunday. Crazy Horse, other area attractions and state parks invite you to “See South Dakota.” The Memorial will be open from 8 a.m. until after the “Legends in Light” laser-light show. The dynamic visual storytelling program is projected on the mountain carving beginning at dark and starts Friday night, May 17.
- May 25–27, Friday through Sunday. The traditional Crazy Horse open house over the Memorial Day weekend will bring the seasonal return of American Indian art market and the anticipated opening of the new Mountain Museum addition.
- June 1-2, Saturday and Sunday. The popular Crazy Horse Volksmarch is a 10K or 6.2-mile round-trip hike along marked woodland trails to the carved face and back to the visitor complex. While admission is free to hikers contributing the food drive, the Black Hills Volkssport Association charges $3 per person for the hike.
The June hike coincides with the kick-off of the Memorial’s 65th year. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski, Chief Henry Standing Bear and other Lakota elders, including five veterans of the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn, dedicated Crazy Horse Memorial on June 3, 1948.