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

    Mount Rushmore

    National Memorial South Dakota

Nature & Science

There is more to Mount Rushmore than meets the eye. Use all five of your senses to discover little known wonders hidden below the sculpture of the four presidents. Mount Rushmore is located in the scenic Black Hills of South Dakota. The Black Hills are also called the "Island in the Prairie," as the granitic hills are surrounded by a sea of open prairie.

Take your time and view the great biological diversity that Mount Rushmore offers. On a typical day you might see several different species of wildflowers, deer, mountain goats, chipmunks and turkey vultures.

You can learn more about nature's diversity at Mount Rushmore by clicking on the links to the left under "Nature and Science."

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Mount Rushmore is named after New York City attorney Charles E. Rushmore, who came to the Black Hills in 1884-85 to check legal titles on properties. On returning to Pine Camp he asked Bill Challis the name of this mountain. Bill replied, "Never had a name but from now on we'll call it Rushmore."