• 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.

Plan A Field Trip

Park ranger with students at Mount Rushmore.

Park ranger with students at Mount Rushmore.

NPS Photo

Mount Rushmore National Memorial welcomes school groups throughout the year for self-guided visits that include the Lincoln Borglum Museum, Mount Rushmore - The Shrine movie and the half-mile Presidential Trail.

During our Field Trip Season, mid-April through early May, school groups may participate in a ranger led activity in the historic Sculptor's Studio. These ranger talks are available by reservation only and as availability permits.

To help defray the cost of school bus parking at Presidential Parking, the Mount Rushmore History Association provides bus parking scholarships throughout the year, pending availability of funds.

Applications must be received 2 weeks before the date requested.

Parking scholarship funding has been exhausted for the remainder of September, 2014. Funding will once again be available after October 1, 2014, for the current school year.

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Did You Know?

Jefferson on Washington's left

The figure of Thomas Jefferson was originally started on Washington's right side. After 18 months of carving the figure of Jefferson had to be blasted off the mountain and restarted on Washington's left side.