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

    Mount Rushmore

    National Memorial South Dakota

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

October 1, 2013 - May 22, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
May 23 - August 9, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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

October 1, 2013 - May 22, 2014

Sculpture illuminated nightly for one-half hour, beginning approximately 30 minutes after sunset.

May 23 - August 9, 2014 Program held nightly at 9:00 p.m.
August 10 - September 30, 2014 Program held nightly at 8:00 p.m.
October 1, 2014 - May, 2015 Sculpture illuminated nightly for one-half hour, beginning approximately 30 minutes after sunset.


Sculptor's Studio

October 14, 2013 - May, 2014 Closed for season, 2014 opening date to be determined
September 30, 2014 Closed for bookstore inventory, will reopen October 1, 2014


Audio Tour Building

October 1, 2013 - May, 2014 Audio Tour rentals available at bookstore inside Information Center between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Gift Shop

April 4 - May 10, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
May 11 - 22, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
May 23 - August 14, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
August 15 - 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

April 4 - May 10, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
May 11 - August 14, 2014 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
August 15 - 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

October 1, 2013 - May 10, 2014 available in Carvers Café
May 11 - August 14, 2014 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
August 15 - 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?

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.