Our Campus

  • Welcome Center
  • The Nature Gates
  • The Promise Painting
  • The Original Lobby
  • Wall of Windows
  • Korczak’s Studio & Home
  • Conference Facilities
  • Laughing Water Restaurant
  • Gift Shop

Welcome CenterSeminar

Dedicated in 2000, the 40,000 square foot Welcome Center at Crazy Horse Memorial is the main entrance to the Visitor Complex. From the Welcome Center you can take a bus ride to the base of the mountain, watch the historic video in one of our two theaters, and enter the museums.

The Nature GatesNature

The Nature Gates are iron gates Korczak and Ziolkowski children decorated with the silhouettes of 219 animals (past and present) indigenous to South Dakota.

The Promise PaintingSeminar

"The Promise” painting above the information desk, by the late Steve Fountain (1921-2007), shows Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear with the scale model & Thunderhead Mountain in the background.


The INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® is home to an extraordinary collection of art and artifacts reflecting the diverse histories and cultures of the American Indian people. The museum, designed to complement the story being told in stone on the mountain, speaks eloquently to present and future generations about American Indian life.

The Original LobbyLobby

During the winter of 2002-2003, workers rebuilt the oldest part of the Crazy Horse Memorial visitor complex, known affectionately by the Ziolkowski family as the “Back Porch.” Finishing work continued on the lobby interior during most of 2003.

Many of the popular features of the lobby remain, including the rock box (right) allowing visitors to take home a rock from the mountain. Another popular area is the lighted exhibit showing the carving of the Mountain and progression on the face of Crazy Horse in the 1990s.

Visitors also see large models of the head of Crazy Horse and the horse’s head. New exhibits are also planned for the Original Lobby.

The Wall of WindowsWindows

The rebuilt lobby retains the large windows, allowing an unobstructed view of Korczak’s 1:34 scale model with the mountain in the background.

Native American Educational & Cultural Center® Native

The distinctive stone building was completed in 1996 from rock blasted from the Crazy Horse Mountain Carving

Korczak's Home and Studio Native

Korczak lived in a tent the first year while he cut, peeled and notched the trees to build the log home. The furnishings & antiques came from his home in West Hartford. Korczak’s Studio & Home has many of Korczak’s works of art on display. Among these are the Horse’s Head that he carved in nine days, Old Pagen, and the Polish Eagle.

The “Big Room” as the Ziolkowski children call it, is still home for the family. Some holidays are celebrated in this room and the furniture does get used. You should see this room on Christmas Day!!

Conference FacilitiesConference

Crazy Horse Memorial, in the beautiful South Dakota Black Hills, is a one-of-a-kind setting for your conference, seminar, class, board meeting, retreat, family reunion or other special event.

Crazy Horse Memorial’s Welcome Center houses conference facilities offering theater style seating for up to 300 people, break-out and small group rooms, restaurant and food service on premises, reception, and banquet and buffet capabilities. We look forward to working with you to meet your event needs.

Laughing Water RestaurantRestaurant

Dine in casual elegance…at the full-service Laughing Water Restaurant, you will be treated to a spectacular view of the mountain carving, while enjoying some of the area's best cuisine.

Banquet and group rates are available. Please call 605.673.4681 for more information.

Laughing Water Restaurant takes its name from an area creek with headwaters at the bottom of Crazy Horse Mountain. It runs south to the town of Custer where it joins French Creek. During the drought of the 1930s, Laughing Water Creek was one of the few in the area that did not dry up. People from miles around would bring their wagons and barrels to fill them with water.

The Gift ShopGift

Korczak’s Heritage is a privately owned business, licensed to operate the gift shop at Crazy Horse Memorial. The beautiful gift shop includes souvenirs of your visit and a huge selection of Native American crafted items such as beadwork, jewelry, paintings and much more.

  • “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

Email: memorial@crazyhorse.org

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: http://www.calendar-updates.com/sun.asp
  • 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.