• 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.


Special Use Permits

There are several types of special use permits necessary for certain activities/events held at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The links below provide you with information regarding such permits.

You can pay on-line by visiting https://pay.gov/paygov/. Enter "Mount Rushmore" into the search box at the top of the page and click on "Search" to display a list of our payment forms.

Primary Point of Contact:
Staci Burchett, 605-574-3118, e-mail us
Fax number: 605-574-3103

During 2015, no permits will be approved for special events, weddings, filming or photography for dates between July 27 and August 11.

Special Events

Guidelines for Special Use Permit Application - 379K PDF

Download Forms:
Application for Special Use Permits (Short Form) - 492K PDF
Application for Special Use Permits (Long Form) - 619K PDF

Guidelines for Weddings at Mount Rushmore (PDF)
Map of Designated Area (PDF)


Guidelines for Commercial Filming and Photography more info

Download forms:
Commercial Filming / Still Photography Permit Application (Short Form) 629K PDF
Commercial Filming / Still Photography Permit Application (Long Form) 888K PDF

First Amendment - Public Assemblies
First Amendment activities will not interfere with other permitted demonstrations and special events, or park program activities.

Demonstration groups of 25 or fewer people are exempt from filing a first amendment permit unless outlined in 36CFR2.51. Notification to the superintendent is recommended, but not required.

36CFR 2.51read...
Map of First Amendment Areas - 150 KB PDF

First Amendment - Distribution of Printed Matter
36CFR 2.52
Sale or Distribution of printed material read...
Map of First Amendment Areas - 150 KB PDF

Research Permits
National Park Service Research Permit Information



Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Mount Rushmore is named after New York City attorney Charles E. Rushmore, who came to the Black Hills in 1884-85 to check legal titles on properties. On returning to Pine Camp he asked Bill Challis the name of this mountain. Bill replied, "Never had a name but from now on we'll call it Rushmore."