Fall Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial®️ | Black Hills & Badlands Events

Fall Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial®️

  • Fall Volksmarch at Crazy Horse Memorial®️
Event Date: 
Sunday, October 2, 2022 - 8:00am
Crazy Horse Memorial
12151 Avenue of the Chiefs
Crazy Horse, SD 57730
(605) 673-4681

This autumn hike is the public’s second chance of the year to walk up the world’s largest mountain carving in progress.

The Crazy Horse Volksmarch is the most popular organized hike in the United States (15,000 walkers in a record year). This family event is sponsored by the Black Hills Chapter of the American Volksmarch Association (AVA) and hosted by Crazy Horse Memorial®️.


Admission to the Memorial for hikers is discounted to $10/one person, $15/two people, and $20/three or more people. Additionally, hikers pay $3 to the Volkssport Association upon registration (cash or check). Non-hikers visiting the Memorial pay regular admission rates. Parking is free, with complimentary shuttle service to and from outer parking lots. Hikers are encouraged to bring cans of food as a charitable donation to local food drives. Donations of food are not a substitute for the admission fee to the Memorial or fee to the Volkssport Association.


NO PETS allowed on the trail. Due to the rocky terrain no strollers or wheelchairs are permitted. Social distancing is encouraged.


Parking for this event is FREE. Due to the popularity of the event, parking can be some distance from the starting point and not on paved or gravel surfaces. Shuttle buses operate between these outlying parking lots and the start-finish area.


No advance registration. Hikers must check in at starting point, which is at the Memorial’s upper parking area. Registration will begin at 7 AM and end at 1 PM. The hike begins at 8 AM, hikers will be off the trail by 4 PM. No late starts.

Notes & Considerations:

The trail rises 500 feet and can be rugged with some steep inclines. The final elevation is 6,532 feet. There are 4 checkpoints along the route with portable restrooms. Sturdy footwear is recommended. Plan on 2-4 hours round-trip. The Hike can be canceled due to poor weather conditions.

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