• 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.

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?

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.