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Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota
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Scale Model of Crazy Horse Memorial


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Crazy Horse Memorial, carved into the mountain in Mount Rushmore fashion, is a tribute to one of America's most important Indian leaders. And while this monument is not without controversy - some Native American activists believe Crazy Horse Memorial exploits the Lakota culture and desecrates sacred ground - a trip to this tourist attraction offers insight to the man as well as the people. Visit the Indian Museum of North America. Tour the sculptor's studio. Shop for Indian crafts at the Native American Cultural Center. View the world's largest mountain carving.
Getting There
Crazy Horse Memorial is located at 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs in Crazy Horse, SD. The memorial is situated 4 miles (34 km) north of Custer, SD and 17 miles (5 km) southwest of Mount Rushmore and is accessible from Hwy 385 / 16.
When to Travel
While there are is no right or wrong time of year to visit the Black Hills there are a few things to consider when traveling with kids. July is the warmest month (75°F or 24°C); January is the coldest (25°F or -4°C). Summer storms can be severe but tornados are a rarity. A katabatic wind called the Chinook can move the mercury 40°F in just 2 minutes. The western plains are semi-arid but the forests are not. The hills are the coolest spot in summer. The northern Black Hills receives more snow than elsewhere.
Hours & Seasons
The memorial is open daily 7:00 - dark late May to mid-October and 8:00 - 17:00 mid-October to late May. A laser-light show is held at dark on summers nights, weather permitting.
Admission & Fees
Admission is per person or per vehicle. Children under 6 years of age are free of charge. A fee is charge to ride the bus to the base of the mountain. Walking to the base is prohibited when blasting.
Things to Keep in Mind
All pets must be leashed.
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