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Memorial Day Weekend Open House, Crazy Horse Memorial

May 25, 2018  - May 28, 2018   


Native American’s across this great nation have served and sacrificed in the United States Military, join us to honor all fallen heroes who fought and protected our freedom. American Indian artists will be featured throughout the Welcome Center. Admission to the Memorial will be waived with 3 cans of food per person.

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Crazy Horse Memorial

Thursday Night Lecture Series, Crazy Horse Memorial

May 31, 2018  - August 30, 2018   


Native Artists, historians and cultural bearers have the opportunity to share their knowledge and skill with visitors of the Crazy Horse Memorial by offering a 40-60 minute presentation on a Thursday evening from June through August.  It is Crazy Horse Memorial’s goal to provide an opportunity for selected professionals to share their knowledge and skill with an international audience providing a greater understanding of Native culture. 

Starting May 31st, 2018- August 30th, 2018.

Please click here to be directed to our website for more information

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Crazy Horse Memorial

33rd Annual Spring Volksmarch, Crazy Horse Memorial

June 2, 2018  - June 3, 2018   


33rd Annual Spring Volksmarch – June 2-3, 2018
The bi-annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch (an organized hike) is a 10K or 6.2-mile woodlands ramble to the world’s largest mountain carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota.

The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States (15,000 walkers in a record year). This family event is sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of the American Volksmarch Association (AVA) and hosted by Crazy Horse Memorial.

*Volksmarches are held, weather permitting.

Please visit the web site for all the information on this event  Crazy Horse Memorial

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Crazy Horse Memorial

National Trails Day, Custer State Park

June 2, 2018    

National Trails Day

June 2, 2018

State Park Events

Location: Statewide

National Trails Day is a day set aside to celebrate America's magnificent trail systems and their countless supporters and volunteers. Several state parks will be hosting trail-related events that day. For more information, visit www.gfp.sd.gov or www.americanhiking.org.

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Mt. Rushmore Rodeo

June 9, 2018    


Truly western. The Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch. Cowboys and Cowgirls will compete in BULL Riding, Bronc Riding, Team Roping and Barrel Racing. The Clowns and "Mutton Bustin" are sure to please the crowd. Cowboys and Cowgirls will sign autographs followed by a Cowboy dance with Live Music. See ya at the Rodeo!!

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Palmer Gulch

Father’s Day Special 1880 Train

June 17, 2018    


Treat your father to a unique and unforgettable steam train ride through the beautiful Black Hills. This is definitely an adventure your father will never forget.

Adults: $39, Children, $19 (3-12), 2 and under are free. Visit https://www.1880train.com/events.html for more details!

Ticket includes assigned seating, sweet treat, mimosa or sparkling juice, water, live entertainment and train ride.

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1880 Train


June 23, 2018    



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Hill City, SD

Sculpture in the Hills

June 23, 2018  - June 24, 2018   


Sculpture in the Hills

Near two of the world’s largest sculptures--Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse--the Hill City Arts Council hosts the region’s only annual sculpture show and sale with more than 20 artists who share their process and fine art objects with almost 3,000 attendees.  Always free, near the end of June.  (www.hillcityarts.org)

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Hill City


June 24, 2018    


The Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch will be full of thrills and spills and some good old-fashioned western fun. From Bulls and Broncs to Ropes and Barrels, this fun filled event even has Mutton Bust'n for the kids. See y'all at the Rodeo!

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Mt Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch

Ruth's Night Blast, Crazy Horse Memorial

June 26, 2018   7:00 pm


June 26, 2018 - Ruth's Night Blast

The first night blast of the year is June 26. It celebrates the birthday of the late Mrs. Korczak (Ruth) Ziolkowski (1926 - 2014), wife of the late Crazy Horse sculptor.

The June 26 blast also commemorates the anniversary of the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. The battle was June 25, 1876. Crazy Horse was a main strategist in the defeat of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his troops.

The public is welcome at the night blasts. After 7:00 p.m. on June 26th the Memorial gratefully accepts three cans of food per person for the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive in lieu of the regular admission fee. Because the night blasts are among the Memorial’s most popular events, the public is advised to arrive early. The restaurant at Crazy Horse closes at 4pm on the evenings of the night blasts but the Snack Shop remains open.

Important note: Night blasts are conducted on a “weather permitting” basis.

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Crazy Horse Memorial
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