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oF inTereST mount rushmore national memorial Near Keystone • Places Near Custer crazy horse memorial • This mountain carving features the 60-foot faces of four great American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Work on the sculpture began in 1927 when sculptor Gutzon Borglum was 60; work ended 14 years later at his death. The Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center and Museum has several interactive displays, along with more than 400 artifacts and 300 photographs. The Presidential Trail, which is about a half-mile walk and loops along the base of the mountain, offers a spectacular close-up view of the faces. • A fifth granite face has emerged in the Black Hills. The colossal Crazy Horse mountain carving, now in progress, can be seen just 17 miles from Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski started work on the mountain in 1948 as a tribute to American Indians. Following his death in 1982, Korczak’s family continues to carve the mountain, using three books of his detailed plans. When complete, Crazy Horse will be the world’s largest mountain carving, standing 563 feet high and 641 feet long. • Specifics • The information center and museum are open daily, year-round. From May to early-September, the National Park Service conducts interpretive programs throughout the day. The Sculptor’s Studio is open daily during the summer season. Also during the summer, a hightech lighting ceremony is held nightly at the memorial amphitheater at dusk. Concession-operated dining room and gift shops areopen year-round. Admission is free; however, there is a parking fee. Specifics • Crazy Horse Memorial is open year-round. Visitors can enjoy a large orientation center; see the sculpture from a viewing veranda; and tour the Indian Museum of North America, the Native American Educational and Cultural Center, and the sculptor’s studio-home and workshop. The memorial offers a nightly multimedia laser light show. A gift shop and dining room (open May Nov.) are located on site; snack bar open year-round. Admission fee is charged. NatioNal Parks Vacation idea! • In South Dakota, you can explore national parks, forests and historic sites, many of which are within a few miles of each other. From awe-inspiring Mount Rushmore National Memorial to the mysterious beauty of Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota is full of natural wonder and splendor. • Native americaN Heritage • Vacation idea! • South Dakota is home to the Great Sioux Nation, made up of nine Lakota, Nakota and Dakota tribes. More than 62,000 Native Americans live in our state and each tribe has a rich tradition that is as vibrant as the land itself. In South Dakota, you can experience authentic crafts, powwow celebrations and a heritage that is proud. 8 | 1-800-S-DakoTa

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of South Dakota Vacation Guide 2012

South Dakota Vacation Guide 2012
Getting Here, Getting Around
Interstate Information Centers
State Facts
Native American Information
Places of Interest
Calendar of Events
Public Campgrounds and Recreation Areas
Southeast Region: A slice of South Dakota charm
Glacial Lakes & Prairies Region: Stories from the frontier
Great Lakes Region: Land of the mighty Missouri
Black Hills, Badlands & Lakes Region: Enchanting mountain getaway
Black Hills map

South Dakota Vacation Guide 2012