I was severely underwhelmed by this monument. A vague “ha” left my mouth upon seeing it from the highway as I drove up, but left little other impression.
And after all this hiking, I was surprised to find myself actually angry that someone had decided to blow up a mountain just to carve these statues (Please excuse my memes, but: https://youtu.be/S0HXBBKHZnk?t=19). As I squinted up at it and milled around, I was glad that the admission had been cheap.
A check-the-box sort of place. Four white heads on a mountain, ugly in comparison the surrounding Black Hills. Go visit, if you like history, but don’t expect much. I would actually suggest watching National Treasure 2 in lieu of spending time here.
I knocked this out in about an hour on the way to Devil’s Tower, Wyoming.