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

    Mount Rushmore

    National Memorial South Dakota


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 the following link https://pay.gov/paygov/. Click on Agency list, then (N) and click on National Park Service.

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

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)


For Filming Requests that fall during the dates of August 3 - August 10, 2014, all permits must be received by the Permit Coordinator no later than July 18, 2014. Any requests that arrive after July 18, 2014, we will not be able to complete your request for those dates and will have to be scheduled for a later date.

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?

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.