• Mount Rushmore, Washington, Jefferson, T. Roosevelt, Lincoln framed by ponderosa pine trees under a bright blue sky.

    Mount Rushmore

    National Memorial South Dakota

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  • No sculpture illumination October 6, 7 and 8, 2014

    Due to replacement of the lighting system, the sculpture will not be illuminated on October 6, 7 and 8, 2014. The mountain will be illuminated for 30 minutes, beginning 1/2 hour after sunset, October 1- 5, and will resume nightly on October 9, 2014.

Be A Junior Ranger

What is a Junior Ranger?
Are you interested in exploring? Do you like art, science, history or nature? How about animals, sailing ships, dinosaurs or trains? Would you like to learn more about the national parks that belong to you? Did you know you can help protect these special places - even if you never visit them all?

A Junior Ranger Could be YOU!
Rather than tying park experiences only to the scheduled programs, Junior Ranger Programs are designed to provide participants with the flexibility to see and interact with the park at their own pace and within the limits of their own time.

During your visit to Mount Rushmore
you can become a Junior Ranger.


Junior Ranger Trainee: designed for children ages 3-5 years old. No fee. Young visitors learn about Mount Rushmore and the natural resources through exploration activities found within the book. A Junior Ranger Badge along with a certificate is awarded upon completetion of the booklet.

Junior Ranger Activity Book: designed for children ages 5-12 years old. No fee. Youngsters learn more about Mount Rushmore as they explore the memorial through the activities inside. A Junior Ranger Badge along with a certificate is awarded upon completion of the booklet. Once the certificate is obtained, a souvenir patch may also be purchased in the Visitor Center or Information Center bookstore.

Rushmore Ranger Activity Booklet: for ages 13 and up. No fee. Designed for older children and adults to enhance their Mount Rushmore experience through learning activities. A certificate is awarded upon completion of the booklet. Once the certificate is obtained, a souvenir patch may be purchased in the Visitor Center or Information Center bookstore.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Over 90% of Mount Rushmore was carved using dynamite. Dynamite blasts removed approximately 450,000 tons of rock from the mountain.