Visiting Mount Rushmore

Located just outside the urban hub of Rapid City, South Dakota, Mount Rushmore is accessible year-round with almost three-million visitors each year. Finding things to do around Mount Rushmore is an easy task. Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Devil’s Tower National Monument, and Jewel Cave National Monument are all within a 1 to 2-hour drive of Mount Rushmore.

  • Mount Rushmore Hours
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial is open all year, seven days a week.
  • Mount Rushmore grounds:
  • 5:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (mid-March to early October)
  • 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (early October to mid-March)
  • Sculpture Illumination:
  • Sunset - 11:00 p.m. (mid-March to late May)
  • 9:30 - 11:00 p.m. (late May to mid-August)
  • 8:30 - 11:00 p.m. (mid-August to early October)
  • Sunset - 9:00 p.m. (early October to mid-March)

For more information, please call 605-718-8484 or visit the Mount Rushmore National Memorial page on the National Park Service website.

  • Mount Rushmore Parking Cost & Fees:
  • Cars, Motorcycles and RVs - $10,
  • Seniors - $5
  • Free Active Duty Military
  • Commercial Tour Bus - $50*
  • Verified, non-profit Educational Bus - $25*
  • *Parking passes for buses are valid for 24 hours from time of first entry.
  • Pay stations accept most major credit cards or cash for parking fees.