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About Mount Rushmore National Memorial

WHERE IS MOUNT RUSHMORE?

Mount Rushmore is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, 23 miles southwest of Rapid City. Rapid City is the nearest urban center to Mount Rushmore National Memorial (official address: 13000 SD-244, Keystone, SD) offering visitors a vacation experience that features a wide range of accommodations, dining, shopping and attraction options.

To get to Mount Rushmore from Rapid City, just follow Mount Rushmore Road, which turns into SD Highway 16 and 16A, leading you to SD 244 and the park entrance. The drive takes less than half an hour and offers spectacular views of the monument as you approach Mount Rushmore.

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Open daily and year-round.
Closed Christmas Day.
Seasonal Hours

Mid-May to mid-August 8:00am - 10:00pm
Mid-August to late-Sept 8:00am - 9:00pm
Early-October to mid-May 8:00am - 5:00pm

WHAT TO DO WHILE AT MOUNT RUSHMORE

LINCOLN BORGLUM VISITOR CENTER

LINCOLN BORGLUM
VISITOR CENTER

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The Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center houses an impressive collection of Mount Rushmore facts and artifacts. A simulated dynamite blast and a 14-minute narrative film give visitors an overview of how and why the mountain was carved.

GUIDED TOURS AND INTERPRETATIVE PROGRAMS

Mount Rushmore offers a variety of seasonal ranger-guided tours and interpretative programs. Tour the Sculptor’s Studio, walk the Presidential Trail or learn about the Lakota heritage of the area with a Mount Rushmore expert. Tour and program schedules are posted at the Information Center and Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center.

AUDIO TOURS

AUDIO TOURS

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Hear the story of Mount Rushmore through narration, historic recordings and interviews when you rent the award-winning Mount Rushmore Audio Tour. This unique experience offers in-depth history as you walk the scenic route around the park. The tour (available in English, German, Spanish and Lakota) can be rented for $5 during the summer months at the Audio Tour Building across from the Information Center.
 

SCULPTOR’S STUDIO

SCULPTOR’S STUDIO

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The Sculptor’s Studio houses the tools used to carve the mountain and original plaster model workers used for measurements and scale. Ranger talks and demonstrations are given throughout the day during the summer months. 

Seasonal Hours

May 29 - August 21 8:00am - 5:00pm 
August 22 - Sept 30 9:00am - 4:00pm 
October 1 TBD
EVENING LIGHTING CEREMONY

EVENING LIGHTING
CEREMONY

Park Rangers lead an inspirational and patriotic program focusing on the presidents and the nation’s history. The program ends with a film, veteran’s tribute and lighting of the monument. Located in the park’s outdoor amphitheater during the summer, weather permitting.

PRESIDENTIAL TRAIL

PRESIDENTIAL TRAIL

Walking the Presidential Trail is a great way to get a closer view of Mount Rushmore. The trail makes a loop from the south side of the Grand View Terrace to the Grand View Terrace and Sculptor’s Studio on the north side.

 

Rapid City is the gateway to Mount Rushmore National Memorial and is the perfect place to start your journey.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE VISITING

  • Located 25 miles southwest of Rapid City – Hwys. 16A and 244.

  • Fees: There is no admission to the memorial, but there is a parking fee.

    • $11.00 (Annual pass) Cars, Motorcycles and RV's

    • $50.00 (Commercial Bus/day)

    • PARKING ATTENDANTS DO NOT ACCEPT CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS. Cash, Travelers Check or Local Check only.

  • Park offers onsite restaurant, visitor services and centers, and a gift shop.

For more information, call 605-574-2523 or visit the Mount Rushmore National Memorial page on the National Park Service website.

Mount Rushmore National Monument participates in the National Park Service's Junior Ranger Program.
HISTORY OF MOUNT RUSHMORE

HISTORY OF MOUNT RUSHMORE

MOUNT RUSHMORE FACTS AND FIGURES

MOUNT RUSHMORE FACTS AND FIGURES

THE FACES OF MOUNT RUSHMORE

THE FACES OF MOUNT RUSHMORE