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Stop at the CCC Museum


April 26, 2019  - December 31, 2019   

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Event Location:

23935 Hwy 385, Hill City

Legends in Light Laser Show: Crazy Horse Memorial


May 24, 2019  - July 25, 2019  9:30 pm

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Nightly May 24th - September 29th

“Legends in Light” the Crazy Horse Memorial® multimedia laser-light show is presented nightly, at dark, from Memorial Day weekend through September 29th. The laser-light show effectively turns the mountainside into a giant 500-foot “screen” for the spectacular display.

“This is laser-light storytelling to illuminate our cultural diversity, celebrate our similarities and encourage better understanding and harmony among races and nations,” said Ruth Ziolkowski,(1926-2014) wife of late sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski (1908-1982).

The Memorial honors Native Americans, and “Legends in Light” dramatizes the story of the rich heritage, living cultures and contributions by Native Americans to our society. The show features colorful animations, sound effects and laser beams choreographed to music

Click here for the Schedule

The Laser Light Show is produced with:

  • 15-watt lasers that are the biggest used in the laser-show industry
  • 8,800 watts of stereo sound that is heard in the parking lots and throughout the visitor complex
  • 25 2,000 watt fixtures lighting up the mountain
  • Three of the world's largest slide projectors

The three PANI slide projectors create panoramic images as wide as the mountain carving. A closed-loop ice-making system cools the lasers, without drawing on water resources.

This dynamic method of storytelling provides a unique experience for our guests to enjoy.

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Farmers Market ~ Prairie Berry Winery


June 18, 2019  - September 24, 2019  9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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The Farmers Market at Prairie Berry Winery will be open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18 through September in the lower parking lot of The Homestead.

Vendors from around the area will be selling their locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as selling fresh baked goods and meats. This premier market focuses on providing the highest quality produce and freshest items.

Event Location:

PRAIRIE BERRY WINERY, HILL CITY

Mt Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch


June 22, 2019    

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RODEO, FUN, AND FOOD

Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch is home to Mount Rushmore Lodge and Mount Rushmore KOA. And now it’s home to the Mount Rushmore Rodeo.

Activities for rodeo fans are planned before each rodeo. 

  • Barrel racing
  • Saddle bronc riding
  • Bareback riding
  • Bull riding
  • Team roping
  • Kids mutton bustin’
  • Activities before each rodeo
  • Free to resort and KOA guests
  • $10 day-use fee for non-guests, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and under free
 


Event Location:

Mt Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch

Sculpture in the Hills, Hill City


June 22, 2019  - June 23, 2019   

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“Guardian”  Artist Scott Luken’s “Guardian” earned 1st Place Best of Show at the 2018 Sculpture in the Hills.

June 22 & 23, 2019

Located between two of the world’s largest and most famous sculptures, Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, Hill City is the logical spot for the Sculpture in the Hills Art Show & Sale. The show is juried, which means that quality for buyers is guaranteed. Sculpture in the Hills also is intimate, with a maximum of 25 artists per year, showing together under one tent just off Main Street—between the famous Alpine Inn and Granite Sports.

Free to the public on Saturday and Sunday- it’s your chance to meet and talk with the artists, see world-class sculpture, and have a great time!

Click here for more information

 

Event Location:

Hill City

Wine on the Rails, 1880 Train


June 26, 2019    

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Join us for a new event this year, Wine on the Rails!

This event combines beautiful scenery, a ride on a steam train, local wine, snacks and entertainment! See the sun set in the Black Hills while on board a vintage train, and all while drinking wine with friends and family!

Click here for more information or Tickets

Event Location:

1880 Train

Night Blast: Crazy Horse Memorial


June 26, 2019   7:00 pm

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June 26th - Ruth's Night Blast

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

The June 26th 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 to the night blasts. After 7:00 p.m. on June 26th the Memorial gratefully accepts three cans of food per person in lieu of the regular admission fee. Regular admission is charged for those without food. 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.

Event Location:

Crazy Horse Memorial

Jewel Cave 200th Mile Celebration


June 28, 2019  - June 30, 2019   

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Please click here for all the details!

Event Location:

Custer High School Custer, SD

July 4th Celebration, 1880 Train


July 3, 2019  - July 6, 2019   

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July 4th Celebration – July 3-6

What better way to celebrate the USA than by taking a ride on an authentic steam train through the beautiful Black Hills.

Enjoy a good ‘ole western shootout on the 6:45 pm departure July 3, 5 & 6. These departures sell out fast, so make your reservations today!


Experience an old west shootout aboard the 1880 Train! The shootout begins at the Hill City Station where a few bad guys board the train and hide their treasure. The train is stopped by cowboys and “held up” halfway between Keystone and Hill City. It's a good thing the sheriff is in town!

To see the shootout, you must ride the designated Hill City to Keystone departure.

“Special Seating” for the shootout is available for these departures. These seats provide the best views of the shootout and are located in the middle three passenger cars, Red Fern, Oreville, and Harney Canyon. These seats are only available to those who begin their ride in Hill City at 6:45pm.

Event Location:

1880 Train

Mt. Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch


August 8, 2019    

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RODEO, FUN, AND FOOD

Mount Rushmore Resort at Palmer Gulch is home to Mount Rushmore Lodge and Mount Rushmore KOA. And now it’s home to the Mount Rushmore Rodeo.

Activities for rodeo fans are planned before each rodeo. 

  • Barrel racing
  • Saddle bronc riding
  • Bareback riding
  • Bull riding
  • Team roping
  • Kids mutton bustin’
  • Activities before each rodeo
  • Free to resort and KOA guests
  • $10 day-use fee for non-guests, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and under free
 


Event Location:

Mount Rushmore Rodeo at Palmer Gulch
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