Visit Mount Rushmore

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Getting Here

From the North: On Highway I-90, Exit 57 at Rapid City and travel south on Highway 16 to Highway 16A through the town of Keystone to SR 244. Follow the signs along SR 244 to Mount Rushmore. From the South: Follow the signs on Highway 18 or 385 through Hot Springs north and turn right on SR 244.

Construction Update

Outstanding enhancements and upgrades are coming to Mount Rushmore National Memorial that will positively impact visitors for years to come! Construction began in Summer 2019 and will last for approximately 18 months. Please see the NPS website for more information. The Memorial will remain open to visitors during construction.

Parking & Admission

Parking Fee:  $10
Seniors: $5
Active-duty Military: Free

Entrance Fee:  NONE

Summer Hours
(Late May through Mid-August)

  • NPS Information Center: 8 am – 10 pm daily
  • Sculptor’s Studio: 8 am – 8 pm daily

Fall Hours 
(Mid-August through September 30)

  • NPS Information Center 8 am – 9 pm daily
  • Sculptor’s Studio: 8 am – 8 pm daily

Winter Hours
(October 1 through Late-May)

  • NPS Information Center: 8 am – 5 pm daily
  • Park buildings are closed on December 25.

Self-Guided Tours

Multimedia Tour: $8
Audio Tour: $6

In English, Español, German, Lakota and Français. Family rates available. Multimedia Tour includes Junior Ranger Quest game and Audio-Described Tour in English. Rentals available from Tour Building in summer and Information Center in winter.

What to Do

Take advantage of the Top Ten Things to Do at Mount Rushmore:

  1. Visit the Information Center and Sculptor’s Studio to learn more about the carver’s vision.
  2. Hike the Nature Trail, Presidential Trail and explore the Lakota, Nakota & Dakota Heritage at the Borglum View Terrace.
  3. Take a picture of the sculpture from various unique angles, like the Carvers’ Marketplace, Borglum View Terrace and the Sculptor’s Studio.
  4. Attend the Evening Lighting Ceremony, held nightly throughout the summer.
  5. Hunt for a treasure in the Gift Shop.
  6. Find a book or memento at the Mount Rushmore Bookstores in the Information Center or Sculptor’s Studio.
  7. Become an official Junior Ranger when you fill out the Junior Ranger booklet or play Junior Ranger Quest online. Download the app in the Apple Store or Google Play.
  8. Rent a Mount Rushmore Self-Guided Tour to hear audio and see pictures and video about the carving. Also in Espanol, Francais, German, Lakota. Audio-Described.
  9. Take a Ranger-led Tour. Schedule available in the Information Center or Sculptor’s Studio.
  10. Enjoy a scoop of Thomas Jefferson ice cream or a meal from the Carvers’ Marketplace.

For more information, check at the Information Desk for daily Ranger Programs.

In the Area

To plan side trips from Mount Rushmore, visit Black Hills Badlands & Lakes, South Dakota Tourism or Visit Rapid City to find out about the myriad of other attractions in the Hills!