Another MUST SEE when you are in the area. Crazy Horse Memorial is a huge mountain carving much like Mount Rushmore. The big difference, of course, being the subject. This Monument is being built as a tribute to the Native Americans, whose land this once was.
We think this is as important to visit and experience as Mount Rushmore, but for very different reasons.The Crazy Horse Memorial is special in it's own very special way.
The Native Americans were here when the Gold Rush began. The dreams of being rich enticed the early pioneers and miners. Their greed ended up pushing the Native American Indians right out of the area. This resulted in a broken treaty with the US Government.
This Memorial to Crazy Horse was set up as a tribute to all of the Native Americans that lost their lives, and their way of life to "progress". It is a very informative and touching place to visit. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to look over all the artifacts, *pictures and the numerous displays.
This is a large complex, and they have it filled up with amazing and wonderful things to look at, and learn from!
*Side Note: We love the history found in the pictures at Wall Drug too, if you are a big history buff, you will want to visit there also.
Because this is a family owned operation, 2 days out of the year you can
get up close and personal with the carving. If you tried this at Mount
Rushmore you will get jailed!
If you are visiting the first full weekend in June, then you can experience a treat! The annual Volksmarch happens during this weekend, and it is the only chance you can have to get to the face of Crazy Horse! This is a FANTASTIC opportunity, and it consists of a 6.2 mile hike. You can cheat and hire a bus to take you most of the way though! If you make the hike, you will be glad to know that the Boyscouts have snack stations along the way (water too!), porta-potties and paramedics..hey, just in case!
Make sure to check their website before you come to check the calendar of events. There are many special events planned throughout the year.
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