The Mount Rushmore Audio Tour: Living Memorial is a recorded audio guide at Mount Rushmore National Memorial incorporating narration, music, interviews, sound effects and historic recordings of Gutzon Borglum, Lincoln Borglum, American Indians and workers. Rental fee is $6.
Starting in June, 2018, visitors can rent the Mount Rushmore Self-Guided Tour: A Living Memorial unit 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.
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.
Individuals rent the multimedia tour for $8. Family rates and group rates available.