Traffic & Travel Tips
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?
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.