ADA Accessible Parking
Arriving at Mount Rushmore
When you arrive, enter the parking area through lane 4. Lane 4 is marked for RVs, buses, trailers, and accessible parking and has a staff member to direct you where to go.
If you need to unload a passenger with a mobility impairment, use lane 4 to get directions to the drop off zones. You may unload mobility-impaired passengers next to the main entryway. After unloading, follow the post drop off route (shown on the map on the right) back to the entrance and park in the parking garage (fee area).
Accessible Parking Locations
Signs at the entrance to each level indicate whether that level has accessible parking spaces. The top levels of both parking structures (level 3 and level 6) have the most accessible parking spots. A wheelchair ramp near level 6 provides access from the upper parking levels to the entrance pergola. Elevators are located near the stairs in the parking garage to provide access to all levels.
Manual wheelchairs (both standard and wide sizes) are available to check out inside the Information Center. Wheelchairs are available first-come, first-served and are free to use. National Park Service employees cannot take responsibility for any personal items such as canes or walkers. To avoid any members of your party having to go back and forth we suggest utilizing the drop off zone in order to leave these items in your vehicle.
Amphitheater and Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center
Elevators are located on either side of the Grand View Terrace and provide access to the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center and Amphitheater.
Depending on security issues, the Sculptor's Studio is wheelchair accessible from the remote parking area. Check with a ranger in the Information Center. If available, you will drive your car to the accessible parking at the Sculptor’s Studio. The Sculptor’s Studio closes earlier than the other buildings. Plan your trip accordingly.
The Presidential Trail is surfaced to accommodate wheelchairs from the Grand View Terrace to viewing areas at the base of the mountain about 0.2 miles. The remaining 0.4 miles of trail leading away from the mountain to the Sculptor’s Studio is not accessible for mobility impairments and consists of 422 stairs.
Elevators are available on all levels. A wheelchair ramp located next to level 6 near the stairs provides access to the main entrance.
Carvers' Café and Gift Shop
The Carvers' Café and the Gift Shop are wheelchair accessible.
American Sign Language Interpretation
American Sign Language interpretation is available by request. This service is free of charge. Please email us to request an interpreter. Requests must be received no less than 14 days prior to your visit.
Self-Guided Audio Tour
A written transcript for the Mount Rushmore Society’s Self-Guided Audio Tour are available upon request at the Audio Tour building. Regular fees still apply.
Closed captions are available in English on all videos provided at Mount Rushmore including: videos throughout the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center, the 14-minute movie "Mount Rushmore: The Shrine", and "Freedom: America's Lasting Legacy” which plays during the Evening Lighting Ceremony.
Brochures in braille are available at the Information Center or Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center. You may also download a copy in Braille Ready Format.
When enjoying the 14-minute film “Mount Rushmore: The Shrine” in the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center, audio description devices are available upon request at the information desk. Devices are available first-come, first-served and are free of charge.
Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, are permitted to accompany visitors with disabilities in all areas open to the public at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Emotional Support Animals
Last updated: January 30, 2023