Located in the heart of the Black Hills, Crazy Horse Memorial ranks as the 27th highest mountain in South Dakota. Crazy Horse Memorial was born with the purpose of celebrating and commemorating the cultures, living heritage, and traditions of the North American Indians who left a lasting imprint on the Dakotas. To combat the repetitive history of suppressing minorities, Crazy Horse Memorial serves to remind its visitors of the rich history of the marginalized North American Indians.
Our hotel near Crazy Horse Memorial is just 3 miles away from the stunning tribute. Start at the Welcome Center, where you can board a bus to the base of the mountain, visit one of the two theaters featuring a historic video to learn about Crazy Horse, and enter the site’s museums. Crazy Horse has two educational and meaningful museums to visit called the Indian Museum of North America and Native American Educational and Cultural Center. Stop by The Nature Gates, a stunning pair of gates decorated with the silhouettes of 219 indigenous animals of South Dakota. Other spectacles include The Promise Painting, The Original Lobby, Wall of Windows, Korczak’s Studio & Home, and Laughing Water Restaurant. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop on your way out for a souvenir.
Book your stay at Best Western Buffalo Ridge Inn, our hotel near Crazy Horse Memorial, and participate in the bi-annual Volksmarch that takes place in the spring and fall of each year. The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is the most prevalent organized hike in the country with up to 15,000 hikers each year.