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 Volkssport Association (AVA) and hosted by Crazy Horse Memorial®.
A group of visitors for the Annual Spring Volksmarch
Hikers follow dirt trails and gravel work roads up to the Crazy Horse Mountain Carving. The turn-around point is on the Arm of Crazy Horse directly in front of the nine-story-high face, which was completed June 3, 1998. Hikers get an up-close view of the mountain. Work continues on the rest of what will be the largest sculpture in the world.
The Laughing Water Restaurant at Crazy Horse opens for breakfast at 6 a.m. during the Volksmarch, and serves lunch and dinner. The snack shop also is open. Coffee is always free at Crazy Horse Memorial®.
The bi-annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch (an organized hike) is a 10K or 6.2-mile woodlands ramble to the world’s largest mountain carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota. The Spring Volksmarch in 2023 will only be the first Saturday of June.
The Evening Lighting Ceremony at Mount Rushmore National Memorial is held beginning the Friday before Memorial Day (May 24) to September 30 each year. May 24-August 11, the ceremony starts nightly at 9 p.m., and August 12-September 30, it starts nightly at 8 p.m.
THE BIG MICK
George S. Mickelson Trail
Bike it like you mean it!
The George S. Mickelson Trail • 109 Miles • One Day
Experience the beauty of the Black Hills from the back of your mountain bike, via the Mickelson Trail.
Century Ride: the entire length of the Mickelson Trail ONE day! Deadwood to Edgemont • 108.8 miles
Half-Century Ride: from the Mountain Trailhead (near Custer) to Edgemont • 49.6 miles
MICKELSON TRAIL SUMMER TREK
June 13-June 15begins in Custer
The Trail Trek is a 3-day, 109-mile supported bicycle ride through the heart of the Black Hills on the George S. Mickelson Trail. This ride is a wonderful way to see the beauty of the Black Hills that can't be seen from the road. The ride will take you through four hard rock tunnels, over more than 100 tressle bridges, through several beautiful areas and will leave you with many wonderful memories. Pre-registration required.
2023 Mickelson Trail Events
Custer State Park Buffalo Round-up
Annual Custer State Park Buffalo Round-up (Held each year on the last Friday of September)
Custer State Park in the beautiful Black Hills of western South Dakota is full of lush forests, quiet and serene meadows, and majestic mountains.
This 71,000-acre state park is also home to one of the world's largest publicly-owned bison herds, nearly 1,300 strong.
Each fall, the ground rumbles and the dust flies as cowboys, cowgirls and park crews saddle up to bring in the thundering herd. The annual roundup, held the last Friday in September, is open to the public.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many bison are there in the herd?
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Are food and drinks available?
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Is there handicapped parking available?
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All information taken from the Travel South Dakota Website
BUFFALO ROUNDUP ARTS FESTIVAL
September 28 - 30
near the State Game Lodge
Enjoy three days of continuous entertainment along with numerous arts and crafts booths near the State Game Lodge on Hwy. 16A. Visit with artisans and crafters from throughout the Midwest as they exhibit and sell their wares ranging from Native American to Western to South Dakota-made products. Take a breather and experience a variety of entertainment. Hear cowboy poets spin tall tales, share the beauty of Native American dancers or have a foot stompin’ good time with some of the top musicians in the area. Be on the lookout for trick shooters or kick up your heels with cloggers and square dancers. If you build up an appetite you’ll find plenty of good Western vittles right there on site. Park entrance license required.
The Custer Chamber is excited to be hosting the 4th Annual Custer Off-Road Rally in beautiful Custer, SD!
Pack up your off-road vehicles and enjoy the Southern Hills at the Custer Off-Road Rally, June 9-11, 2023! Head to Custer with your ATV, UTV, or Dual Sport and take in the Hills. There will be a poker run, off-roading course, vendors, live music, a Mayor’s Ride, a President’s Ride, an awards banquet on Saturday evening, and more! Ride HUNDREDS of miles of beautiful Southern Black Hills trails!
Registration information will be available soon.
Motorized Trail Permits – Online Sales Link: Permits & Passes | Black Hills & Badlands - South Dakota
|STUDEBAKER CAR SHOW
September 3, 2023
The annual Studebaker & Packard Car & Truck show will be held again, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept 3. Join us for our outdoor car & truck show at Mt Rushmore Rd & 6th Streets. There will be vehicles representing several decades of manufacturing dates, both modified and restored, and in several models.
Free admittance to viewers who can vote for their favorite vehicle.
You’ll also be seeing Studebakers and their owners in Custer on Friday night as they arrive to register and on Saturday as they cruise around the Southern Black Hills. The weekend activities are sponsored by the Dakotas Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club.