Plan a Visit

Planning Your Crazy Horse Memorial Visit

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Decide when to visit

Memorial Hours and Schedules - Experience a variety of events throughout the year. Please note that memorial hours vary seasonally with shorter hours in the winter months and longer hours in the summer.

Special Memorial Events - Crazy Horse Memorial is proud to host events that make your visit even more special. Come join us for a truly unique and memorable visit.

Getting to Crazy Horse Memorial - Whether you are traveling by bus, car, plane or train we've compiled some helpful transportation options, driving directions and other information.
Plan head for an amazing experiences

Plan ahead for an amazing experience

Laughing Water Restaurant - Try our one of a kind Tatanka Stew or our authentic Native American Tacos. No reservations needed walk-ins are welcome.

Special tours - Interested in getting a closer look? Crazy Horse Memorial has several family friendly tours that run daily and include an unforgettable experience.

Pricing and Admission - Crazy Horse Memorial is open 365 days a year with many seasonal offerings throughout the year.

Help during your visit

Trip Itineraries – Not sure of what your South Dakota adventure will be? Here are some suggested itineraries for visitors to the area. These day trips take you to many of the Black Hills sights, scenes & area attractions.

Parking information - There is plenty of parking available with special parking for larger vehicles (i.e., busses, vans & motorhomes). We even have special parking during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for our friends on two wheels.

Memorial Map - Want to check out the facility prior to stopping at the gates? No problem click here to view a map of our facilities.

Guests with Disabilities – Our facility is handicap accessible, we strive to ensure all guests are accommodated at all times. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may call 605-673-4681 for more information.

Guests with Pets - We welcome pets and service animals, however, make sure you know the rules first. 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.

Your satisfaction is important to us

Visitor Feedback Survey
  • “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.