Crazy Horse, SD – Looking for a great outdoor activity? Try a hike to the top of Crazy Horse Memorial on Sunday, October 1, 2017. The 10K (6.2miles) round trip to the top of the Mountain Carving is open to the public.
Admission to the Memorial is waived for Volksmarchers with a donation of three cans (3) of food per person appreciated. Regular admission rates apply to non-hikers. Registration for the hike, sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of the American Volkssport Association, is $3.00 per person. Gates open at 6:00 am, registration starts at 7:00 am and closes at 1:00 pm. The walk itself will start at 8:00 am and all participants must be off the trail by 4:00 pm. The trail winds through Crazy Horse Memorial grounds with the turnaround point on the arm of Crazy Horse. Once at the top you will be standing directly in front of the Crazy Horse’s Face. Those who have hiked up before will notice the subtle changes due to recent work done by the Mountain Crew this past summer to seal the seamlines from weather. The view along the way to the top of the Mountain is spectacular. You will see how much has been done on both sides of Crazy Horse’s Hand and Forearm since last year at this time.
This is a very popular event; shuttle busses are available from the parking areas to the registration tent, pets are not allowed on the trail, and the trail is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs. Water and aid stations will be located along the trail.
The entire complex will be open for your enjoyment as you are invited to tour the Museums, Cultural Center and the Original Studio Home of the Ziolkowski family. The gift shops and Laughing Water Restaurant will be open at 6:00 am. Laughing Water Restaurant will be serving breakfast from 6:00 am until 10:00am.