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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,

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,