Overview

America's Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial features the 60-foot faces of four great American presidents who represent the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. Open year-round, the park includes a half-mile walking trail, museum, gift shop and dining room.

Details

13000 Highway 244
Keystone, SD 57751-0268
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(605) 574-2523

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In granite, forever emblazoned, a shrine of democracy marches across the skyline of America. Gazing over the Black Hills, four U.S. presidents stand for hope, determination and the spirit of a nation.

Nightly Lighting Ceremony

Each evening, May through September, a ceremony is held in the park's outdoor Amphitheater. It highlights the making of the monument with a video, flag lowering ceremony, a salute to veterans and lighting of the memorial.

6 Views of Mount Rushmore You Haven't Seen

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Hike The Presidential Trail

Stand in the shadow of icons. Meander through the relaxing wilderness that reveals unique perspectives of the monument. Click arrows below to begin.

While You're Here

See Mountain Goats & Other Wildlife

Take a Ranger Tour

A Stately Welcome

Walk beneath the proud, waving colors of 56 U.S. states and territories on your way to the Grand View Terrace and Presidential Trail.

TJ's Ice Cream

We can thank Thomas Jefferson for popularizing ice cream in the United States. His recipe was the first recorded by an American. Sample some for yourself while visiting.

Sculptor's Studio

Unique plaster models, carving tools and exhibits explaining Gutzon Borglum's vision are displayed inside this creative space. (Open May through September.)

Grand View Terrace

The view is especially beautiful at dawn. Arrive before sunrise and you will be rewarded with a unique look at the memorial and postcard-perfect photos.

Location and Nearby Attractions

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