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September 08, 2016
Sculpture Preservation
The week of September 12th through 16th the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Preservation Team will be on the mountain. Periodically the Presidential Trail will be closed during the hauling process due to safety reasons.

August 18, 2016
Centennial Festivities
Centennial Celebrations are in full swing! Beginning Saturday August 20 with the Find Your Park Festival through Friday August 26 a variety of celebrations are being held both in Rapid City and at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

August 12, 2016
Mount Rushmore Hours Change
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.

July 06, 2016
New Concession Contract Awarded
The National Park Service announced today the selection of Xanterra Parks and Resorts, Inc., for the 10-year concession contract at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

July 01, 2016
July Celebrations
Independence Day and National Park Service Centennial celebrations held at Mount Rushmore National Memorial come together in July.

April 21, 2016
Tourism to Badlands and Black Hills National Park Sites Creates $355,585 in Economic Benefits in 2015
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 4.2 million visitors to national park sites in the Black Hills/Badlands area in 2015 spent $276.2 million in communities near the park.

April 16, 2016
New Climate Friendly Park
Celebrating National Park Week, Superintendent Cheryl Schreier announces Mount Rushmore National Memorial has achieved Climate Friendly Park (CFP) status.

December 18, 2015
Introducing Find Your Park “Activity 99”
“Activity 99” is a list of 2 - 4 activities, places, events or fun things to do or items to find in several locations around the Black Hills, a scavenger hunt within our local parks, communities, museums, and visitor centers.

October 01, 2015
Prospectus for Retail, Food and Beverage, Parking and Other Services Issued
The National Park Service (NPS) issued a Prospectus on September 29, 2015, for a concession contract for food and beverage, retail, and parking at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

April 30, 2015
Pet and Smoking Boundary Map
Superintendent Cheryl Schreier announces the beginning of the pet and smoking boundary establishment at Mount Rushmore effective Friday, May 1, 2015

April 30, 2015
Healthy Parks, Healthy People, Pet and Smoking Boundary Established
Superintendent Cheryl Schreier announces the beginning of the pet and smoking boundary establishment at Mount Rushmore effective Friday, May 1, 2015.

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