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Crazy Horse Monument

Plan a trip to Yellowstone National Park with a side trip to the cultural attraction of Crazy Horse Memorial, where you can step back in time to the Old West.

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  • See what the Crazy Horse Memorial and what will be the largest sculpture in the world.
  • See the artist’s studio where he worked.
  • Browse the Native American artwork on display.
  • Only about 500 miles from Yellowstone Park or about an 8 1/2 hour drive.


The Crazy Horse Memorial is still being constructed, and when done will be the largest sculpture in the world. It is dedicated to Crazy Horse, a warrior of the Oglala Lakota tribe, and shows him riding a horse and pointing into the distance.


The Crazy Horse Memorial is open all year. Winter hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.


Entrance fees are:

  • $10 for Adults
  • $27 for a carload
  • $5 for motorcycles riders
  • $5 for individuals on foot or on bicycle
  • Kids under 6 years are free
  • Free Admission for Native Americans, active military personnel, Boy and Girl Scouts in uniform and local county residents

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The memorial also contains the Native American Cultural Center and the Indian Museum of North America.

Korczak Ziolkowski began the carving in 1948 and when he died in 1982, his wife Ruth carried on with the project. They accept no state or federal funds.

Visit the sculptor's studio and enjoy their Orientation Center. You can browse the Native American artwork on display.

The expansive gesture of Crazy Horse is interpreted as something Crazy Horse once supposedly said: “My lands are where my dead lie buried.”

Getting Here

To get to Yellowstone from the Crazy Horse Memorial, get on US 16, then using US 385 and SD 89, get on US 18 to I-25 North. From I-25 take exit 189, following US 20/26 and follow the signs to Yellowstone.

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Visit All Black Hills .com for more information about the Crazy Horse Memorial and the Black Hills of South Dakota!