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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States, featuring the faces of four U.S. Presidents carved into the rugged granite mountainside in the Black Hills of South Dakota. A trip to this historic and awe-inspiring monument is a must-see for anyone visiting the area.

Things to See & Do

Explore the numerous attractions and events in the area, such as the Presidential Trail, the Sculptor's Studio, and the evening Night Lighting Ceremony.

The Sculpture

Learn about the creation of the massive sculpture and the challenges that faced sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his team during its construction.

History

Discover the rich and fascinating history behind the monument and the presidents that it honors, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.

Ranger Programs

Join a ranger program to learn even more about the history and significance of Mount Rushmore and the surrounding Black Hills.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is not only a national treasure but a symbol of American culture and history. Plan your visit today and experience this magnificent work of art for yourself!

Experience Mount Rushmore

Here Are The Top 10 Things You Need To Do At Mount Rushmore

If you are one of the roughly 2.5 million people traveling from around the world to experience the wonder of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, be sure to add these top ten things to see and do to your list.

Hours: 

5 a.m. to 9 p.m.
 

Mount Rushmore National Memorial facilities are open year-round, seven days a week, with December 25 being the exception. On December 25th, weather permitting, the parking structure and grounds remain open, but all buildings are closed.

For more information and current hours, see the memorial's operating hours here

Fees: 

You will not have to pay an entrance fee to visit Mount Rushmore National Monument, but there are parking fees.

Current Parking Fees

The National Park Annual Park Pass, Federal interagency, military, senior and access passes are not accepted as Federal funding was not used in the building of the parking garage.

 

Purchase Parking Permit

Directions: 

Visitors traveling on I-90 should exit at Rapid City and follow Highway 16 southwest to Keystone and then Highway 244 to Mount Rushmore. Visitors coming from the south should follow Highway 385 north to Highway 244, which is the road leading to the memorial.

Upcoming Events at Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Things to See and Do at Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Programs, Activities & Tours

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Sculptor's Studio Talk
Programs, Activities & Tours

Sculptor's Studio Talk

Mount Rushmore Audio Tour
Programs, Activities & Tours

Mount Rushmore Audio Tour

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