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More than Just a Mountain

Discover the history and culture behind one of America’s national treasures at Crazy Horse Memorial, part of our Mount Rushmore bus trip. From the world’s largest mountain carving to the surrounding green forests and pristine streams, a visit to Crazy Horse Memorial is an experience you’ll hold dear to your heart for years to come.

After many years of studying art and sculpting, Korczak Zilkowski was chosen to sculpt Crazy Horse, the Oglala Lakota Native American Warrior in 1948 and worked on the project until his death in 1982.

Today Crazy Horse Memorial is a work in progress, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the leading tourist attractions of the Black Hills. See the carving and uncover the rich culture and history found in the Crazy Horse visitor complex during your time at Crazy Horse Memorial. 

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The World’s Largest Mountain Carving

Crazy Horse

As you arrive at Crazy Horse visitor complex take the time to admire the detail and care put into the sculpting of Crazy Horse mounted high on his horse and pointing into the distance. The monument’s planned completion date is 2020 and with its final dimensions at 641 feet wide and 563 feet high, it is likely to become the largest sculpture in the world.

 

Dynamite and Dreams

As you step off your tour bus, you will be greeted by a member of staff who will show you a 20-minute introductory film, Dynamite and Dreams. This film will give you background information on the Crazy Horse Memorial that will help you to better understand what you will be seeing during your time at the complex.

 

Indian Museum of North America

Designed and built by Zilkowski and his family during the harsh winter months in 1972 and 1973, the Indian Museum of North America boasts an impressive collection of artifacts that reflect the diverse histories and cultures of the Native American Indians of the Black Hill area. Uniquely complementing the story told through the carving of Crazy Horse, discover what Indian American life was like through a variety of displays and other educational resources.

 

Native American Educational and Cultural Center

Completed in 1996, the Native American Educational and Cultural building is unique in that it was built from rocks blasted from the Crazy Horse Monument. From educational opportunities to one-of-a-kind collections, the Native American Educational and Cultural Center will enhance your experience at Crazy Horse.

 

Activities

Make Lakota crafts or set up a Lakota style tipi, listen to American Indian storytellers, or even learn traditional Native American songs and dances. In the Cultural Center, there are many hands-on activities which will provide you with a better understanding and appreciation of Native American culture and history.

 

Collections

Head to the lower level of the Cultural Center to explore its impressive collections. Boasting the largest collection of Edward S. Curtis’ 19th century photographs, see photos of Native Americans that are of significant historic and cultural importance.

 

Dining

After you’ve taken the time to appreciate the Crazy Horse Monument and the surrounding museums, relax at the Laughing Water Restaurant, or grab a snack in the Museum Snack Shop. While the Laughing Water Restaurant offers magnificent views of the mountain carving and some of the area’s finest cuisine such as Tatanka Stew and the Native American Taco, you can find a variety of snacks and bottled drinks in the Museum Snack Shop.

Travel Tip

Don’t forget your camera! From the carving itself to the surrounding green forests and pristine rivers, there will be moments you want to capture during your time at Crazy Horse Memorial.