Crazy Horse Memorial
And Custer State Park
Welcome Summer 2016
SOUTH DAKOTA – The public is invited to usher in summer 2016 at Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park, beginning on Friday, May 20th and extending through Sunday, May 22nd.
On this opening weekend, admission to Crazy Horse Memorial will be waived with a donation of three cans of food per person for regional food drives. From the viewing deck, visitors can witness the carving progress and see the new equipment currently in use on the Arm of Crazy Horse. The Memorial is an active carving site and there is so much more to see and do. Visitors learn about Native American culture through the Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational and Cultural Center and authentic Native gifts are featured in the Gift Shop. The Memorial is open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM during this special weekend with lunch and dinner available for purchase at the Laughing Water Restaurant from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Enjoy the Restaurant’s specialties, Native American Tacos or Tatanka Stew.
Likewise, in recognition of summer’s nearing start, Custer State Park offers visitors an opportunity to enter the Park free of charge on this special weekend to enjoy the wildlife, nature hikes, hay-rack rides, cowboy cookouts, pancake feeds and more. This is also the weekend for the Park’s infamous buffalo chip throwing contest. Visitors can also enter a free fishing derby with prizes for anglers in each age group. In fact, fishing licenses will not be required for any fishing in Custer State Park during the three days. While admission to the Park is free May 20th- 22nd, limits, regulations and camping fees still apply.
About Crazy Horse Memorial
Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation’s mission is to honor, protect, and preserve the culture, traditions, and living heritage of the Indians of North America. The Memorial fulfills its mission by continuing the progress on the world’s largest mountain sculpture, acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through the INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and the NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®; by establishing and operating the INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.