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 off season from mid-October to mid-May, Crazy Horse Memorial’s Visitor Complex is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beyond 5 p.m., the mountain viewing area at the parking lot remains open one hour when the Mountain is lighted. The Laughing Water Restaurant closes at 4 p.m.
Memorial Day weekend holiday through mid-October, the Crazy Horse Memorial’s Visitor Complex is open from 8 a.m. until dark, at which time the “Legends in Light” laser-light show on the mountain carving begins. The Laughing Water Restaurant serves dinner until 7 p.m.
Special Event Times
December 12-January 1-The Laughing Water Restaurant serves dinner until 7 p.m. (The restaurant is not open for dinner on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve for lunch or dinner on Christmas Day).
There is no parking fee at Crazy Horse Memorial, rather there is an admission fee which provides visitors the opportunity to enjoy and experience the Visitors Center, The Indian Museum of North America, The Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Korczak’s Studio and Home, the Gift Shop, and the Laughing Water Restaurant.
Crazy Horse Memorial is not a federal or state supported project, admission fees and donations support the Mountain Carving, the Museums, and the developing Indian University of North America. We greatly appreciate the support our visitors provide.
Admission is always free of charge for Native Americans, military personnel with active-duty ID, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops in uniform, and Custer County, SD residents.
Under 6 years of age – FREE
$10 – Adults
$27 – Carload (whichever is better for you)
$5 per rider
Call group sales (605) 673-4681
On weekends from mid-October through mid-June, the admission fee is waived 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.
For Memorial and Labor Day holiday weekend open houses, the admission fee is waived 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.
There are several occasions throughout the year which offer waived admission fees in exchange for Food Bank contributions. For details, please view our Special Events listings. Through the generous donations of food from visitors, Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation is a significant contributor to the Food Bank.
Bus rides to the foot of The Mountain Carving are provided daily, weather and blast schedule permitting. Bus rides are $4 per person and children under 6 ride for free. Visitors experience a unique view of The Mountain Carving and, guided tours to the top of The Mountain Carving are available when becoming a donor and partner in The Foundation’s progress (weather and blast schedule permitting). Please view our Give Now page for details. A gift of $125.00 ($105 tax receipt) provides a guided ride to the top for one person. Enjoy an experience of a lifetime and meet face-to-face with Crazy Horse.
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.