Crazy Horse Memorial is in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota in the United States. The entrance along US Highway 16/385 (the Crazy Horse Memorial Highway) is 9 miles south of Hill City, SD and 4 miles north of Custer, SD. (Coordinates +43.820279, -103.640092)
Crazy Horse Memorial is 17 miles southwest of Mount Rushmore National Memorial and 46 miles southwest of Rapid City Regional Airport. (See Google map)
Crazy Horse Memorial is open every day of the year.
During the winter season, from mid-October to mid-May, Crazy Horse Memorial’s visitor complex is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. After 5 during the winter season, the mountain viewing area at the parking lot is open until dark, and the mountain is lighted for one hour.
From mid-May to the Memorial Day weekend, the Crazy Horse Memorial visitor complex opens at 8 a.m. and Laughing Water Restaurant extends dinner service to 7 p.m. The mountain carving is lighted for one hour after dark during this period.
From the Memorial Day weekend holiday in late May through mid-October, the Crazy Horse Memorial visitor complex is open from 8 a.m. until dark, when the “Legends in Light” laser-light show on the mountain carving begins. The restaurant serves dinner until 8 p.m.
Admission is always free for Native Americans, military personnel with active-duty ID, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops in uniform, and Custer County, SD residents.
On weekends from mid-October through mid-June, admission is free with three cans of food per person (or a comparable cash donation) for the KOTA Care & Share Food Drive to benefit people served by the Feeding South Dakota food bank.
Memorial and Labor Day holiday weekend open houses offer free admission. In lieu of the admission fee, a donation of three cans of food per person (or a comparable cash donation) for the KOTA Care & Share Food Drive is requested.
There are several other occasions throughout the year that also offer free admission in exchange for food bank contributions. For details, please see our Special Events listings.
Under 6 years of age – FREE
$10 – Adults
$27 – Carload (whichever is better for you)
$5 per rider
Call group sales (605) 673-4681
$4 per person – Bus rides to foot of the mountain carving
(We provide bus rides on a regular basis daily, weather and blast schedule permitting; children under 6 ride free)
Guided rides up to the outstretched arm on the mountain carving are available at some contribution levels (weather and blast schedule permitting). Please check our Help Now page for details.
Crazy Horse Memorial accepts all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover.)
Service animals are permitted in all areas. Leashed pets are welcome at the common areas outside the Crazy Horse Memorial visitor complex. Pets must be carried or otherwise contained while inside the Welcome Center, museums, gift shop, sculptor’s home-studio and cultural center. No pets are allowed in the food service areas or on the bus rides to the bottom of the mountain. Leashed pets are allowed on the mountain carving viewing deck and the roofed, concrete floor entry leading to the deck. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.