Korczak Ziolkowski began work on Crazy Horse Memorial in 1948. Once complete, this tribute to the Lakota leader will be the largest mountain carving in South Dakota, and the world. The on-site Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational & Cultural Center also provide educational and cultural programming.
Emerging from granite and iron is the likeness of a legendary leader. More than carved rock, the Crazy Horse dream points toward commitment, a fervent legacy and a proud future.
In a location that incorporates Korczak's love of wood and natural lighting, the museum's collection reflects the histories, cultures and landmarks of the American Indian people.
Twice a year, these ceremonial detonations light up the monument with incredible fireballs and specially designed pyrotechnics.
Witness a legend in light.
Gather together and celebrate.
The first full weekend in June and following the Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup in September, join thousands of hikers for the 6.2-mile (10km) trek to the carving's arm, 500 feet above the ground.
Visit the original Korczak Ziolkowski family home where Korczak's many sculptural works from before and after he arrived in the Black Hills still reside.
Visit with native artisans, try children's activities and games, and see one-of-a-kind artifacts. Of special note is the Edward S. Curtis photo attraction.