Crazy Horse Memorial Blast, July 29, 2014

Visitors at Crazy Horse Memorial July 29, 2014, were able to witness progress as a blast removed 572 tons of granite from the Mountain at the 360 bench.
  • “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 27-30

    Memorial Weekend May 27-30, 2016
    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 27-Sept 30

    Legends in Light May 27-Sept 30
    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:
  • Spring Volksmarch
    June 4-5

    Spring Volksmarch June 4-5
    The 31st anniversary of the hike up the World’s Largest Mountain Carving, now in progress. Free admission to the Memorial for hikers. Food donation appreciated $3 registration fee charged by AVA for 10K (6.2 mile) round trip hike. Non-hikers can still enjoy all of the Crazy Horse facilities for regular admission.
  • Rodeo
    June 17-19

    June 17 through 19- Crazy Horse Stampede Rodeo & Gift from Mother Earth Art Show
    Rodeo tickets purchased separately at rodeo grounds. $17 per adult (12 and up), $6 per child (age 7 through 11) and FREE for children age 6 and under. Admission to the Memorial for the weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) is $8 per person, $22 per car, $5 per person on a motorcycle