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2015 Dedication Blast & Spring Volksmarch Article

May 27, 2015

As the summer season approaches the Crazy Horse Memorial team is preparing for two large events, the dedication anniversary blast on June 3, 2015 and the 30th annual spring Volksmarch June 6 & 7, 2015. June 3 marks the 67th anniversary of the first 10,000 ton blast done on the Mountain. Visitors to the Memorial on June 3, 2015 will witness a production blast (weather permitting) at 11:33 a.m.  

Looking for a great day outdoors? Try out the Crazy Horse Memorial Volksmarch hike June 6 & 7. The 10K (6.2 mile) round trip hike to the arm of the Mountain Carving is open to the public and is sponsored by the American Volksmarch Association. The hike takes 2-4 hours to complete, and participants are encouraged to pace themselves due to terrain and peak elevation of nearly 6,500 feet above sea level.

Admission to the Memorial is waived for Volksmarchers with a donation of three cans of food per person. Registration for the hike, sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of the American Volksport Association, is $3.00 per person; registration begins at 6:00 am and closes at 1:00 pm. The hiking trails will open at 8:00 am and all participants should be off the trail by 4:00 pm. The trail winds through the Crazy Horse Memorial grounds with the turn-around point on the arm of Crazy Horse directly in front of the nine-story-high face, which was completed June 3, 1998. 

Past hikes have been attended by as many as 15,000 hikers. Shuttles are available from the parking areas to the registration tent. Pets are not allowed and the trail is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Sturdy footwear is recommended for the journey. Water and aid stations will be located along the trail. For more information visit the events section on 

Hikers are invited to enjoy the Museums, Cultural Center, and other amenities.

2015 Dedication Blast & Spring Volksmarch