Operating Hours and Seasons

The visitor facilities at Mount Rushmore National Memorial are open all year, seven days a week, with the exception of December 25th. On December 25th, all buildings are closed but the grounds remain open.

The grounds at Mount Rushmore are open the following hours:

November 1, 2015 - March 12, 2016 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
March 13 - September 30, 2016 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
October 1, 2016 - March 11, 2017 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Sculpture Illumination

October 1, 2015 - late May, 2016 Sunset to 9:00 p.m.
late May, 2016 - mid August, 2016 9:30 to 11:00 p.m.
mid August - September 30, 2016 8:30 to 10:00 p.m.


Evening Lighting Ceremony

late May - mid August, 2016 Nightly at 9:00 p.m.
mid August - September 30, 2016 Nightly at 8:00 p.m.


Operating hours for facilities are listed below:


Information Center and Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center

October 1, 2015 - late May, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
late May - mid August, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
mid August - September 30, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
October 1, 2016 - late May, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Sculptor's Studio

October 12, 2015 - mid May, 2016 Closed for the season
mid May - September, 2016 Open daily, hours to be announced.


Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Heritage Village

September, 2015 - late May, 2016 Closed for season

Audio Tour Building

October 1, 2015 - late May, 2016 Audio Tour rentals available in Information Center bookstore from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
late May - September, 2016 Open daily, hours to be announced.


Gift Shop

November 1, 2015 - March 2, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
March 3 - 12, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
March 13 - 30, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
March 31 - April 27, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
April 28 - May 11, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
May 12 - 25, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
May 26 - August 13, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
August 14 - October 1, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
October 2 - 12, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
October 13 - 19, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
October 20 - 26, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
October 27 - November 2, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
November 3 - 5, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
November 6, 2016 - March, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Carvers Café

October 1, 2015 - March 12, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
March 13 - May 25, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
May 26 - August 13, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
August 14 - October 1, 2016 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
October 2, 2016 - March, 2017 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ice Cream

October 1, 2015 - May 25, 2016 available in Carver's Café
May 26 - August 13, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
August 14 - September 3, 2016 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
September 4 - October 1, 2016 Open as staffing permits
October 2, 2016 - late May, 2017 available in Carver's Café



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