Bookstore

The Mount Rushmore Bookstores carry a variety of books about Mount Rushmore and surrounding parks. They also carry games for kids and adults, books on Native Americans, pioneer women and a good selection of DVD's.

The Mount Rushmore Bookstores publish educational books, pamphlets and products with direct input from the National Park Service to increase visitor awareness of the memorial's significance and have provided the memorial with over $1,000,000 since 1993. This funding is used to support:

  • Intern and volunteer staff
  • Free publications for visitors
  • Junior Ranger and Rushmore Ranger programs
  • Flags for the Avenue of Flags
  • Special events throughout the year
  • Educational programs and school field trips
  • Interpretive exhibits
  • Care and protection of the Lincoln Borglum Museum Collection
 
Photo of audio tour wand (left) and multimedia tour device (right).
Audio Tour wand on the left, multimedia tour device on the right.

Self-Guided Tours

Audio Tour

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 $6 rental.

Multimedia Tour

The Mount Rushmore Self-Guided Tour: A Living Memorial units rent for $8. Not only will you be able to hear the inspiring story about how and why Mount Rushmore was carved, but you will also be able to SEE photos and video that complement the information being heard and read on the screen.

How

Using device that works just like your iPhone or Android, you can easily select the information you want to learn more about. There is a GPS-enabled map that will alert you as you are nearing each tour stop. But as always, you can go to each tour stop around the park or you can sit in an enclosed area and experience the tour. There are a total of 29 tour stops.

Languages and Accessibility

The tour is translated in Spanish, German, French and Lakota. An audio-described tour is also available in English for the sight-impaired. This is a new feature that will allow visitors of different abilities to experience the park.

Also included in the tour is the Junior Ranger Quest game, a new adventure that allows kids to participate in up to 16 challenges at different tour stops around the park. Once they complete challenges, they receive a Junior Ranger badge from a ranger desk, just like the written Junior Ranger program. Although it’s best if played at the park, the game will be available for free download on the Apple Store and Google Play.

Due to the success and popularity of the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour that was produced more than 10 years ago, the Mount Rushmore Society decided to give it a facelift and make it more relevant for today’s visitor! The audio tour has won three national awards, including the 2008 National Park Service Director’s Award.

Rental Fee

Individuals rent the multimedia tour for $8. Family rates and group rates available.

Last updated: September 8, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

13000 Highway 244
Building 31, Suite 1

Keystone, SD 57751

Phone:

(605) 574-2523
Park information. Phones are answered 7 days a week. Hours are 8:00 - 5:00 October through May, 8:00 - 10:00 June through mid-August and 8:00 - 9:00 mid-August through September. All times are Mountain Time.

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