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Native Americans’ Day

October 8, 2018    


The Native Americans’ Day celebration at Crazy Horse each year includes naming the Crazy Horse Memorial Educator of the Year, honoring an individual who has made significant contributions to Native American education. The award includes a $1,000 grant to the recipient’s school library or to programs of his or her choice that help students. The holiday’s program also includes a free public program featuring Native American singers and dancers. Programs and displays featuring artists, storytellers and hands-on activities for children are offered in the visitor complex. A free buffalo stew lunch is available for all visitors.

For more information go here.

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Oktoberfest Express 1880 Train

September 29, 2018   5:00 pm


Oktoberfest Express

September 29, 2018

3:30 pm event begins, 5:00 pm departure

Ticket includes assigned seating, German food, seasonal beer, event keepsake and live entertainment by local, German band, Easy Sounds.

Tickets - $59 per adult.  Visit https://www.1880train.com/events.html for more details!


Event Location:

1880 Train, Hill City

Open Stage

March 24, 2018   6:00 pm


Open Stage - (January thru March / 6 Saturday nights)

Singer/songwriters share their love of music twice a month with an appreciative audience who packs the house.  Hosted by Hill City Arts Council.

High Country Guest Ranch
12138 Ray Smith Dr.

4 Miles west of Hill City off Deerfield Rd.

Event Location:

High Country Guest Ranch

Polkapalooza at Palmer Gulch

September 7, 2018    


Hosted by the Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch, home to Mount Rushmore KOA and Mount Rushmore Lodge, Polkapalooza is a summertime favorite for traveler and locals alike.

At only $5 per person per night for admission, Polkapalooza is a bargain.

On Friday night, sample some authentic German food and drink. Then show off your dancing moves.

Then come back for Day 2 of this Friday-Saturday celebration, Sept. 7-8, 2018


Event Location:

Palmer Gulch

Rails & Ales 1880 Train

August 18, 2018   3:30 pm


August 18, 2018

3:30 pm event begins, 5:00 pm departure

Ticket includes assigned seating, live music, beer sampling from local breweries, local BBQ and beer served on the train, assigned seating and keepsake glass.

Tickets $59 per adult.  Visit https://www.1880train.com/events.html for more details!

Event Location:

1880 Train, 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!

Event Location:

Mt Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch

Run Crazy Horse Full & Half-Marathon

October 7, 2018    

Run Crazy Horse Full & Half-Marathon, Crazy Horse, Custer, Hill City

Event Location:

Crazy Horse, Custer

Run For The Rangers

March 25, 2018    


2018 Run for the Rangers 3-Mile Run/Walk!

Run for the Rangers 2018 is already on the calendar for spring! See below for details, and stay tuned to see when registration for our 2018 race opens up! Registration includes a race t-shirt, a chance to win over $10,000 in door prizes from our fantastic race sponsors, and a post-race meal! 

  • Race day is Sunday, March 25th, 2018

  • 3-Mile Run or Walk!

  • Registration: 11:45am-12:45pm at Granite Sports

  • Race starts at 1:00pm

  • Pre-registration: $25 if received at Granite Sports by Feb. 24th, 2018. After Feb. 24th - Race Day Registration: $30

  • All proceeds go to fund Hill City High School Scholarships!!

Grab your favorite running shoes and friends and head out to support the Hill City Rangers!

Event Location:

Ruth's Day, Crazy Horse Memorial

May 21, 2018    


Honoring the passing of the Ziolkowski matriarch Ruth Ziolkowski. Ruth’s passion, persistence, vision and leadership was and will always be an inspiration to us all. Ruth’s contributions to the Crazy Horse Dream are too many to count as she would say frequently, “Dreams really do come true.” “Mrs.Z” (1926-2014)

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

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.

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial
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