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Mount Rushmore National Memorial Rope Access Team Will Be Working on the Sculpture September 15 - 17, 2021

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Date: September 14, 2021
Contact: Blaine Kortemeyer, 605-574-3170

Keystone, South Dakota – The Mount Rushmore National Memorial Rope Access Team will be working on the sculpture September 15 - 17, 2021.

Members of the Rope Access Team will be visible on the faces during this timeframe and visitors can expect to see them conducting their work. All facilities will continue to be fully operational and open to visitors during this time.

"The Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Rope Access Team is the only trained industrial ropes access team in the National Park Service. The team is composed of a wide variety of specialists from across park divisions. The rope access technicians are trained to use a dual rope system where each technician is attached to a working line and a safety, backup line at all times while performing work directly on the surface of the sculpture.

Details on park hours, fees and passes are available on the park’s website and the new NPS app.

Consistent with CDC recommendations, Masks are required for everyone, regardless of location or vaccination status, in all NPS buildings. Additional details are available at Before visiting, please check the park’s website to determine its operating status. Additional details are available at As conditions are subject to change, visitors should check the park’s website and social media channels for details on operations before they visit.

Last updated: September 14, 2021

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