Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a large-scale mountain sculpture by artist Gutzon Borglum. The figures of America’s most prominent U.S. presidents–George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt—represent 150 years of American history.
The Memorial is located near Keystone in the Black Hills of South Dakota, roughly 30 miles from Rapid City.
Each year, approximately three million tourists from all over the world visit Mount Rushmore to experience this patriotic site. Today, the wonder of the mountain reverberates through every visitor. The four “great faces” of the presidents tower 5,725 feet above sea level and are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall.
There are many amenities at the site including the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour, Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center & Museum, the Presidential Trail, Youth Exploration Area, Sculptor’s Studio, a parking garage with R.V. parking, pet exercise areas, , the Carvers Café, Memorial Ice Cream Shop, Gift Shop and the Mount Rushmore Bookstores.
Construction. There are some exciting upgrades coming to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The enhancements will address deferred maintenance, visitor safety and accessibility to the memorial. Please note that the memorial is OPEN during construction. There are lots of things to see and do while construction is going on at Mount Rushmore. Below is a TOP 10 LIST OF THINGS TO DO AT MOUNT RUSHMORE.
Viewing Mount Rushmore Still Possible During Construction Project. While the visitor center is unavailable during the construction project, you are still able to view Mount Rushmore from many areas throughout the memorial. Ask a park ranger in the Information Center for current information.
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.
March 8 – October 31:
5:00 am – 11:00 pm
November 1 – March 12:
5:00 am to 11:00 pm
Mount Rushmore National Memorial facilities are open year-round, seven days a week, with December 25th being the exception.
You will not have to pay an entrance fee to visit Mount Rushmore National Monument, but there are parking fees.
Current Parking Fees (2019)
- Cars, Motorcycles & RVs – $10 (Parking fee is for private passenger vehicles, valid for one year from date of purchase).
- Seniors, 62 and older – $5 (Parking fee is for private passenger vehicles, valid for one year from date of purchase).
- Active Duty Military – FREE (Parking fee is for private passenger vehicles, valid for one year from date of purchase).
- Commercial Tour Bus – $50 (Valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase).
- School Bus – $25 (Valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase).
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.