Last time I went to Crazy Horse, I only viewed it from the visitor center. I didn't realize how much I missed. Once in the park, you can pay $4 extra to take a bus to the base of the mountain, which will give you a better view. You can also donate a pretty penny to ride to the top. OR, if you don't have hundreds of dollars to spare, you can visit Crazy Horse in early June and participate in the annual Volksmarch like we did. The Volksmarch is an event put on every year by the American Volksport Association and attracts thousands of people. The event is a 10k (6.2 mile) walk through the woods, up the mountain, to right below Crazy Horse's head on his outstretched arm. The course is somewhat hilly and rocky, but nothing very technical and no rock climbing. The path is not suited for strollers. However, I did see a couple strollers at the top. Maybe they bypassed the hike through the woods.
Along the hike, there are a few checkpoints, portable toilets, and concession stands run by Scouts and other groups. The hike ends at the visitor center.
We took my 3.5 year old and carried my 5 month old in a backpack carrier and we certainly weren't the only ones with young kids. My 3.5 year old walked for most of the way up to the face, which was probably 3/4 of the walk. Be sure to take some water or money to buy water. Kids will probably also want a snack. It took us about 4-5 hours to complete the hike, but we could have done it in an hour less without having to accomodate little legs.
Along the way, we were treated to sneak peaks of the carving, each time a little closer. In the end, the view up close was amazing. You can see detail that just isn't visible from afar.
Back at the visitor center, there is a museum and a video about the carving. I've heard both were very good, but due to tired kids, I was unable to experience either.
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