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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore Location:
13000 S Dakota 244, Keystone, SD 57751

An internationally recognized icon and artistic treasure, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, in Keystone, South Dakota, symbolizes both national pride and an awesome feat of engineering. Carved from a mountain of granite and standing proud since 1941, Mount Rushmore, protrudes from the granite as a true "Shrine of Democracy" with the faces of George Washington, commander of the Revolutionary Army and first United States President; Thomas Jefferson, founder of the Declaration of Independence; Abraham Lincoln, abolished slavery; and environmentalist Theodore Roosevelt who declared Devils Tower America's first national monument.

Mount Rushmore, Operated under the umbrella of the National Park Service, has world-class facilities and top-notch interpretative and public education programs. Walk the Presidential Trail to the base of the mountain where you just might see mountain goats, enjoy the Avenue of Flags, browse the gift shop and spend time at the interactive museum and visitor center.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is open year-round, seven days a week and is located only 3 miles from Keystone and 17 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota.

Peak Season Hours:

Mount Rushmore Hours

October 1 - March 19: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

March 20 - September 30: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Information Center & Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center Hours

October 1, 2014 - May, 2015: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mount Rushmore Lighting Ceremony Hours

January 1, 2014 - May 22, 2014: Sculpture illuminated nightly for one- half hour, beginning approximately 30 minutes after sunsest.

May 23, 2014 - August 9, 2014:  Program held nightly at 9:00 p.m.

August 10, 2014 - September 30, 2014: Program held nightly at 8:00 p.m.

October 1, 2014 - May, 2015: Sculpture illuminated nightly for one- half hour, beginning approximately 30 minutes after sunsest.

Mount Rushmore Parking Fees

Cars, Motorcycles and RV's: $11.00 per vehicle

Commercial Tour Bus: $50.00

Verified, nonprofit Educational Bus: $25.00


Guided Tours

Mount Rushmore Junior Ranger ProgramRanger Program
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial offers interpretive programs, exhibits and a film at the Lincoln Borglum Museum. Rangers provide interpretive walks and talks, including the Evening Sculpture Lighting Ceremony. The lighting program takes place at approximately 9 p.m. nightly (May-September) in the park's amphitheater. The amphitheater is fully accessible via the Avenue of Flags to elevators at the museum.

Mount Rushmore Evening ProgramEvening Program
Join a park ranger in the park's outdoor Amphitheater for an inspirational program focusing on the presidents, patriotism and the nation's history. Beginning with a ranger talk, this program continues with the film Freedom: America's Lasting Legacy and culminates in the lighting of the memorial.

Mount Rushmore Audio TourAudio Tour
Rent an audio tour want to hear the story of Mount Rushmore through music, narration, interviews, historic recordings and sound effects while walking a scenic route around the park. Rented at the Audio Tour Building across from the Information Center (rentals available inside the Information Center during the winter months). The tour and accompanying brochure are available in English, French, German, Lakota, and Spanish.


For Mobility Impairments(Wheelchairs)
Vehicles are able to unload mobility-impaired visitors in front of the main entryway and then park in the parking lot (fee area). Wheelchairs are available for loan at the Information Center on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Presidential Trail is surfaced to accommodate wheelchairs from the Grand View Terrace to viewing areas at the base of the mountain.

Dining Facility and Gift Shop
The dining facility and gift shop are wheelchair accessible.


*The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, the Annual Pass - Military, the Senior Pass and the Access Pass cannot be used for parking fees at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. These Passes do not cover concession fees such as parking.

Check out our National Parks & Monuments Vacation package as well as our Scenic Bus Tours provided by Ft Hays Mt Rushmore Tours, Black Hills Open Top Tours, and Gold Circle Tours.

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