Crazy Horse Memorial

12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Custer City, SD 57730- Map It
(605) 673-4681

AAA Editor Notes

Crazy Horse Memorial is 4 mi. n. on US 16/385. The giant mountain sculpture was begun by Korczak Ziolkowski, at the request of Lakota chiefs, and represents Native Americans of all tribes. Upon completion, the in-the-round figure of Crazy Horse astride his horse will be 563 feet high and 641 feet long, the largest statue in the world. The nine-story-high face of Crazy Horse is complete. Visitors can see ongoing work on the memorial. Exhibits, a movie and scale models of the statue explain the work on the mountain. The Mountain Museum showcases the mountain and the construction of the carving over the past 65 years. The visitor complex also includes the large Indian Museum of North America, which contains the Native American Educational and Cultural Center. Visitors can talk with native artists and craftspeople working on arts and crafts. Native American dances are performed during the summer. Guests are treated, in season, to “Legends in Light,” a multimedia laser light show that illuminates the mountain. Optional rustic bus rides to the foot of the mountain are available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.
$11 per person or $28 per private vehicle; free (Native Americans, active military with ID, Boy or Girl Scout troops in uniform and ages 0-6). Bus rides $4.
Hours: Daily dawn-dusk. “Legends in Light” presented nightly at dark, Memorial Day-second Mon. in Oct., weather permitting.