• 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.

Things To Do

Visitors starting out on the Presidential Trail.

Visitors starting out on the Presidential Trail.

While most visitors travel to Mount Rushmore to admire the enormous sculpted faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, there are numerous other ways to experience this site and immerse yourself in the human history and the natural surroundings of the Black Hills of South Dakota.

If you have 1-2 hours:

  • Visit the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center to view exhibits and a 14-minute film describing the reasons for and methods used in carving Mount Rushmore.
  • Walk the Presidential Trail (weather permitting) to get up close and personal with the mountain sculpture and perhaps glimpse some of the area wildlife.
  • Visit the Sculptor's Studio, where Gutzon Borglum spent much of his time refining his scale model of Mount Rushmore. Open May to September only.

If you have more time, you may also consider:

  • Attending a ranger walk or talk, or a Sculptor's Studio talk.
  • Taking the audio tour on your own (rental fee charged)
  • Visiting the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Heritage Village to learn more about some of the area's original residents. Open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. mid-June through mid-August, weather permitting.
  • Attending the Evening Lighting Ceremony held nightly mid-May through the end of September.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Mountain Goats are not native to the Black Hills. The population can be traced back to six goats, a gift to Custer State Park by Canada in 1924, that escaped from their pens and found their home among the granite peaks of the Black Hills. There are now approximately 200 mountain goats in the area.