Family Vacations in South Dakota

Family Vacations in South Dakota: Crazy Horse Memorial

This statue of the famed Lakota warrior at the Crazy Horse Memorial will be the largest sculpture in the world when it is completed.

The nine-story-high face of Crazy Horse, the famous Native American leader, is just the beginning of this monumental sculpture that already dominates the vista of the Black Hills. It will be the largest sculpture in the world when it's completed. The memorial has been a work in progress since 1948, and upon completion it will show the famed Lakota warrior as he sits astride his horse with his arm outstretched and pointing forward. It is an astonishing feat of artistry and engineering that is particularly interesting because visitors can see one completed portion of the carving and compare that with the progress on other sections.

Throughout the years, the Crazy Horse Memorial has grown into a major Native American center of activity. It now features a visitor complex and an Indian Museum and Cultural Center that displays photographs, artifacts, ceremonial dress, and paintings. The museum is built out of the very rock that has been blasted from the sculpture. In the summer, many Native American artists and craftspeople create artwork and visit with guests in the Cultural Center building. The center also provides a hands-on opportunity for children to stone-grind corn and examine replicas of artifacts.

Artifacts at the Crazy Horse Memorial tell a story about the history of the region. On the next page, discover South Dakota's prehistoric treasures by reading about Mammoth Site.

Crazy Horse Memorial Information

Address: Ave. of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD

Telephone: 605/673-4681

Admission: $10 adults or $25 per car; free for kids under 6

Hours of Operation:

  • May 26 - Oct. 8 - 7am - dusk
  • Winter - 8am - 4pm

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  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • South Dakota State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in South Dakota, as well as other recreational activities.
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