• 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.

Traffic & Travel Tips

Vehicles sometimes backed up nearly three miles before the construction of the parking garage during the 1990's.

Vehicles sometimes backed up nearly three miles before the construction of the parking garage during the 1990's.

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Traffic while traveling to and from Mount Rushmore on area highways is typically not congested, but is heaviest during the middle of the day.

Once you arrive at Mount Rushmore traffic back-ups sometimes occur at the entrance to the parking garage, where the large volume of vehicles passing through the gates can cause congestion. Paying for parking is usually a quick process. You can help by having payment ready before you get to the gate.

June, July and August are the busiest months, and July 3rd and 4th are the busiest individual days.

 

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Blue Flax is one of the common flowers found at Mount Rushmore in late spring and early summer. American Indians used seeds from this plant to flavor their food.