Seeing Eye to Eye With a Legend | Crazy Horse Volksmarch (June 1-2, 2013) | Black Hills Travel Blog
  • Seeing Eye to Eye With a Legend | Crazy Horse Volksmarch (June 1-2, 2013)

The Crazy Horse Volksmarch held the first full weekend in June (June 1-2, 2013) is considered one of the most popular organized hikes in the United States with over 10,000 annually making the trek. There's a start, and a finish line 10 kilometers away but when you arrive at either one isn't the point of this volksmarch.

The journey through the Black Hills woodlands beneath the shadow of this gigantic masterpiece shouldn't have a pace. The point of this one is to make it when you're ready because at the top is the true experience. Awaiting at the end is the massive 87-foot face of Crazy Horse carved from the Black Hills granite to greet volksmarchers. You also get to share his view of the surrounding lands which are considered sacred to the Lakota leader's people.

Its a family event that offers a once-a-year chance to hike to the top of the colossal mountain top carving. Everyone – from Boy Scouts, to church groups, to grandparents, to families with toddlers and even babies in backpacks – can experience the wonder of walking up and down the outstretched arm-in-progress on one of the world's largest sculptures.

Another Crazy Horse Volksmarch has been added this year, Sept. 29 - 30, and these are the only times the public may hike to the mountain carving. For costs and other helpful information visit the Crazy Horse Memorial website.

About the Author

Mike, by accident he ended up in sales and marketing; Mike's education and background is in journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism.

Having spent most of his life in various South Dakota towns on the east-side of the Missouri River – like Huron, Vermillion, Brookings and Pierre – Mike followed a girl west to Spearfish.  He has thoroughly enjoyed the past thirteen years there.

What Mike loves most is time spent around the Hills with his family, whether it's in Spearfish Canyon, at a Black Hills attraction or at Spearfish City Park and the DC Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery. He also loves dusting off his camera every now and then for a shoot, making a good meal and washing it down with a great beer.

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