Crazy Horse Memorial is fifteen minutes from Custer National Park. If you are coming from the north, make sure to stop at Pactola Lake for a photo op.
Crazy Horse has plenty of parking and it costs $5 per person on a motorcycle, $11 per person in car. If possible, I would recommend visiting Mount Rushmore first, then Crazy Horse, to better grasp the size of the Crazy Horse Memorial.
The head of Crazy Horse is eighty-seven feet high versus the heads of the Presidents is sixty feet high. A plaque next to a model of the completed vision clearly puts the mammoth side of Crazy Horse into perspective. The Pyramid of Gizeh is four hundred eighty-one feet high. The Washington Monument is five hundred fifty-five feet high. Crazy Horse is five hundred sixty-three feet high and six hundred forty-one feet long.
Crazy Horse when completed will likely be the world’s largest statute, however, when the project is completed, is anyone’s guess. The completion of the Crazy Horse Memorial is dependent on private donations and the revenue that is earned from charging entrance fees, tours, and from sale of the gift shops. There are tours that take you up and close to Crazy Horse.
The project began in 1948. I hope one day I can ride my motorcycle again to Crazy Horse to see the completed project. Donations can be made online at www.crazyhorsememorial.org.
When the course of history has been told
Let these truths here carved be known:
Conscience dictates civilizations live
And duty ours to place before the world will long endure.
For like all things under us and beyond
Inevitably we must pass into oblivion.
This land of refuge to the stranger
Was ours for countless eons before;
Civilizations majestic and mighty.
Our gifts were many which we shared
And gratitude for them was known.
But later, given my oppressed ones
were murder, rape and sanguine war.
Looking east from whence invaders came,
Greedy usurpers of our heritage.
For us the past in in our hearts,
The future never to be fulfilled.
To you I give this granite epic
For your descendants to always know-
“My lands are where my dead lie buried.”
Korczak Ziolkowski, Sculptor
Crazy Horse Memorial.
(Poem will be carved on the mountain in letters three feet high)