A Lakota Sioux warrior, a famed artist and his family, and a canvas composed of granite are the elements that comprise the legendary past, present and future of the Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski began the world’s largest mountain carving in 1948. Although he passed away in 1982, members of his family and their supporters are continuing his artistic intent to create a massive statue that will be 641 feet long and 563 feet high. To put that in perspective,
The breathtaking limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon — albeit much closer together. Once accessible only by horseback, Spearfish Canyon’s narrow, 1000-foot walls are among the most spectacular scenery in the Black Hills. The natural beauty has made Spearfish Canyon the Northern Hills' number one natural attraction. The canyon makes a great spot for wildlife enthusiasts — the diverse array of plant life offers plenty of sustenance while the canyon itself offers a comfortable
Badlands National Park stands in stark contrast the surrounding plains of South Dakota. Its dramatic landscapes span layered rock formations, steep canyons and towering spires. Bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs inhabit its sprawling grasslands. The Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) winds past scenic lookouts. Several trails begin near the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. The Fossil Exhibit Trail is a boardwalk with displays on fossils uncovered in the park. The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world,
Majestic figures of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by the beauty of the Black Hills of South Dakota, tell the story of the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. From the history of the first inhabitants to the diversity of America today, Mount Rushmore brings visitors face to face with the rich heritage we all share. Visit Mt. Rushmore online.