Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore

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 and located near hotels, the park includes a half-mile walking trail, museum, gift shop and dining room.

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. Work is slated to begin in summer of 2019 and last approximately 18 months.

Continue scrolling to see the Top 10 Things to do in 2019-20 at Mount Rushmore.
Mount Rushmore, Sculptor's Studio
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1. Visit the Sculptor's Studio

Learn more about the carver's vision. Discover park history in the Information Center.

Mount Rushmore, Presidential Trail
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2. Hike the Presidential Trail

Explore the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Heritage at the Borglum View Terrace.

Mount Rushmore, Evening Lighting Ceremony
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3. Attend the Evening Lighting Ceremony

The ceremony is held nightly throughout the summer and is a uniquely inspirational experience.

Mount Rushmore, Junior Ranger Program
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4. Become a Junior Ranger

Become an official Junior Ranger when you participate in either the paper or digital version of the Junior Ranger Program.

Mount Rushmore, Audio Tour
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5. Rent an Audio or Video Tour

Rent a multimedia hand-held photo/video tour or an audio tour wand to learn even more about the sculpture and its story.

Mount Rushmore, Ranger Talk
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6. Take in a Ranger Talk

Take advantage of the immense knowledge of the Memorial's park rangers when you join a ranger walk or talk.

Mount Rushmore, Thomas Jefferson Ice Cream
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7. Enjoy Thomas Jefferson Ice Cream

Enjoy a scoop of Thomas Jefferson ice cream from the Carver's Cafe - based on the first written recipe for ice cream in the United States.

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8. Take a Unique Picture

Take a picture of the sculpture from various unique angles, like the Carver's Cafe, Borglum View Terrace and the Sculptor's Studio.

Mount Rushmore, gift shop
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9. Hunt for a Gift Shop Treasure

Hunt for a treasure in the gift shop that will forever remind you of your Mount Rushmore experience.

Mount Rushmore, Bookstore
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10. Find a Memento at the Bookstore

Find a book or memento at the Mount Rushmore Bookstore in the Information Center or Sculptor's Studio.

...Let us place there, carved high, as close to heaven as we can, the words of our leaders, their faces, to show posterity what manner of men they were. Then breathe a prayer that these records will endure until the wind and rain alone shall wear them away.
Gutzon Borglum, Mount Rushmore Sculptor, 1930
While You're Here
Grand View Terrace, Mount Rushmore
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. Meander through the relaxing South Dakota wilderness that reveals unique perspectives of the monument.

Veteran memorial, Mount Rushmore
Nightly Lighting Ceremony

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

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Plan Your Visit

The monumental masterpiece. 

Mount Rushmore map location

13000 Highway 244
Keystone, SD 57751
United States

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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. Beginning summer 2019 and lasting approximately 18 months, enhancements are being made to the park grounds. Mount Rushmore remains open during this time.

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Jewel Cave National Monument

The third-longest cave in the world features a variety of cave tours below the surface and a 1,279-acre park with nature trails above ground.

Jewel Cave Interior
Jewel Cave
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Custer State Park

Few truly wild places remain in this country. Custer State Park is one of them. Nearly 1,300 bison wander the park’s 71,000 acres, which they share with pronghorn antelope, elk, mountain goats and a band of burros.

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Historic Deadwood

Walk in the footsteps of historic Old West legends like Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Seth Bullock. This 1870s gold rush town became a National Historic Landmark in 1961. Today, it teems with Black Hills entertainment and things to do including concerts, casinos, museums, historic sites, spas and parades.

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Missouri River

History and adventure abound along and on the waters of the Mighty Mo’. Free-flowing sections and four reservoirs – Lake Oahe, Lake Sharpe, Lake Francis Case and Lewis & Clark Lake – are prime for fishing, boating and water recreation.

Missouri River Fishing
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Badlands National Park

This striking South Dakota landscape boasts a maze of buttes, canyons, pinnacles and spires. Skeletons of three-toed horses and saber-toothed cats are among the many fossilized species found here. Wildlife abounds in the park’s 244,000 acres and can often be seen while hiking, camping and traveling the Badlands Loop Scenic Byway.

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Wind Cave National Park

The first cave to be designated a national park, Wind Cave National Park features the world's largest concentration of rare boxwork formations along with 33,851 acres of forest and prairie on the surface creating a sanctuary for wildlife.

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Wind Cave
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Crazy Horse Memorial

Korczak Ziolkowski began work on Crazy Horse Memorial in 1948. Once complete, this tribute to the Lakota leader will be the largest mountain carving in South Dakota, and the world. The on-site Indian Museum of North America and the Native American Educational & Cultural Center also provide educational and cultural programming.

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Pierre Missouri River
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