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.
There is no entrance fee for Mount Rushmore National Memorial. However, fees are required to park at the memorial.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Parking Facility
Parking is readily available in the memorial's parking complex. The parking facility is operated under a concession contract between the National Park Service and the Mount Rushmore Society. No federal funding was used to construct the parking facility. A parking fee has been authorized to offset the costs associated with the construction, operation and maintenance of the parking facility. A parking permit entitles a non-commercial vehicle unlimited entry to the memorial for the calendar year.
The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, the Annual Pass - Millitary, the Senior Pass and the Access Pass cannot be used for parking fees at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. These passes cover entrance fees and in some cases provide a discount on special use fees such as camping and tours, but do not cover concession fees such as parking.
*Parking passes for buses are valid for 24 hours from time of first entry.
Parking fees may be paid with cash, traveler's check, or local personal check. Visa and Mastercard credit cards are also accepted.
No reservations are needed to visit the memorial. Parking for vehicles pulling trailers or extra long vehicles is extremely limited.
Did You Know?
Over 90% of Mount Rushmore was carved using dynamite. Dynamite blasts removed approximately 450,000 tons of rock from the mountain.