Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Commercial Photography and Filming Policy

In order to film or take photos at Crazy Horse Memorial, both interior and exterior locations, for any commercial purposes, companies/individuals must first obtain written approval from CrazyHorse Memorial Foundation. As the Mountain, statues, museum items and other exterior andinterior items are copyrighted. Due to the high volume of requests for filming and photographyat the Memorial, all requests must be submitted in writing at least 10 days prior to the shoot.

  • Written permission must be obtained in advance for taking photographs/filming in or around the Mountain, buildings, complex, and grounds. To allow time for questions and any necessary further clarification, please apply for permission in writing at least ten working days before the scheduled date of photography. Photos for news reports and purely documentary purposes can usually be approved more quickly.
  • Where permission is granted, the applicant will receive written confirmation.
  • Use of drones /mini-copters is strictly prohibited.
  • Photos and filming for private use does not require written permissions and is allowed unless this conflicts with Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation policies or copyright uses.
  • Use of any private photo/filming material for further purposes is expressly prohibited.
  • Photography and filming may only be done in approved areas and locations.
  • If permission is granted, it is on condition that the all items photographed or filmed are treated with care and respect.
Permission will not be granted in the following cases:
  • If the photography/filming entails any risk to any persons or property.
  • If the photography/filming would hinder the work or maintenance of the property orunjustifiably prevent access for visitors.
  • If the photos/film and their use are not within the polices of Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation.

To submit your request, e-mail our Public Relations Department attention This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Your request should detail date and time of shoot, crew size, number of vehicles entering the complex, desired location(s) for filming/photography,start/end times and list of equipment to be used during shoot. Also, include how the photos/film will be used.

  • “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.