• 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.

Operating Hours

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

The grounds at Mount Rushmore are open the following hours:

October 1 - March 19 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
March 20 - September 30 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.


Operating hours for facilities are listed below:

Information Center and Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center

August 10 - September 30, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
October 1, 2014 - May, 2015 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Evening
Lighting Ceremony

August 10 - September 30, 2014 Program held nightly at 8:00 p.m.
October 1 - 5, 2014 Sculpture illuminated nightly for one-half hour, beginning approximately 30 minutes after sunset.
October 6 - 8, 2014 No sculpture illumination - lighting system being replaced.
October 9, 2014 - May, 2015 Sculpture illuminated nightly for one-half hour, beginning approximately 30 minutes after sunset.


Sculptor's Studio

September 2 - 29, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
September 30, 2014 Closed for bookstore inventory
October 1 - 12, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (weather permitting)
October 13, 2014 - May, 2015 Closed for season


Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Heritage Village

August 13, 2014 - May, 2015 Closed for season


Audio Tour Building

May 11 - September 29, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Gift Shop

August 10 - October 8, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
October 9 - 23, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
October 24, 2014 - February, 2015 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Carvers Café

August 10 - September 29, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
September 30 - October 8, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
October 9, 2014 - March, 2015 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Ice Cream

August 10 - September 29, 2014 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
September 30 - October 8, 2014 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
October 9, 2014 - May, 2015 available in Carvers Café



Did You Know?

Did You Know?

A man-made opening called the Hall of Records was created in the mountain behind the heads on Mount Rushmore. Gutzon Borglum and his carvers worked on the Hall of Records from July, 1938, until July, 1939, but it was never finished.