Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Visiting Mount Rushmore National Memorial

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a large scale sculpture of America's most prominent Presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, carved into a granite face of Mount Rushmore.  The monument opened on October 31, 1941 and is on nearly 2 miles of land.  The monument is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, near Keystone, roughly 30 miles outside of Rapid city.

Each year thousands of tourists from all over the country visit Mount Rushmore to experience this patriotic monument.  People from all over the world come to the Black Hills to see this man-made wonder as well.  The monument is beautifully designed using natural rock in a forest setting.  There are many amenities at the site including a parking garage with an elevator, R.V. Parking, a huge lunchroom with plenty of options, an ice cream shop and, of course, a gift shop.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial facilities are open year-round, seven days a week, with December 25th being the exception.

Viewing Hours

March 20 - September 30: 5:00 am - 11:00 pm
October 1 - March 19: 5:00 am to 8:00 pm

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

Current Parking Fees (2014)
Cars, Motorcycles & RVs $11
Commercial Tour Bus $50*
Verified, nonprofit Educational Bus $25*

* Please visit the Official Mount Rushmore National Memorial U.S. Park Service website for current information and rates.

Directions & Location

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.

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