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.
The Mount Rushmore Bookstores have provided the memorial with over $1,000,000 since 1993. This funding is used for intern and volunteer staff, provides free publications for visitors, funds the park's Junior Ranger and Rushmore Ranger programs, supplies the flags for the Avenue of Flags, funds special events throughout the year, contributes to the parks educational programs, funds interpretive exhibits, contributes to the care and protection of the Lincoln Borglum Museum Collection, publishes promotional material for the park and publishes educational books, pamphlets and products with direct input from the National Park Service to increase public awareness of park significance.
The bookstores carry a variety of books about Mount Rushmore and surrounding parks. They also carry games for kids, games for adults, books on Native Americans, Pioneer Women and a good selection of DVD's and Videos. more...
The Mount Rushmore Audio Tour is a recorded guide incorporating narration, music, interviews, sound effects and historic recordings. This self-guided tour is available at the Information Center and at the Audio Tour building (during the summer season) in English, French, German, Lakota and Spanish for a $5 rental. more...
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.