Mount Rushmore Hours Change

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Date: August 12, 2016
Contact: Maureen McGee-Ballinger, 605-574-3115

Keystone, South Dakota – Beginning Sunday August 14, 2016, the following changes will occur in the hours of operation, the Evening Lighting Ceremony at Mount Rushmore will transition to an earlier start time of 8:00 p.m. The final Evening Lighting Ceremony for the season will be October 1. The Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center, bookstore and museum as well as the Information Center's closing time will change to 9:00 p.m.

August 14 the daily closing time for the Carvers Café and the Memorial Team Ice Cream Shop will change to 8:00 p.m. The Xanterra Gift Shop will change to a 9:30 p.m. close. Opening hours for all operations remain the same.

The Sculptor's Studio will be open 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. through August 27; beginning August 28 hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The studio will be closed September 30 for inventory and reopen October 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.through October 9 weather permitting. 

Closing day for the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Heritage Village and the Youth Exploration Area is Saturday August 13.

Please check at the Information Center for a schedule of hours and special events.  Programming and hours are weather dependent. For additional information, please visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial's official website at or call (605) 574-2523.


Last updated: August 17, 2016

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Mailing Address:

13000 Highway 244
Building 31, Suite 1

Keystone, SD 57751


(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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