Fees and Passes
There is no entrance fee for Mount Rushmore National Memorial. However, fees are required to park at the memorial.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Parking Facility
Parking is readily available in the memorial's parking complex. The parking facility is operated under a concession contract between the National Park Service and Xanterra Parks and Resorts, Inc. Since no federal funding was used to construct the parking facility, a parking fee has been authorized to offset the costs associated with the operation and maintenance of the parking facility. A parking permit entitles a non-commercial vehicle unlimited entry to the memorial for one year from the date of purchase.
Parking fees may be paid with cash, traveler's check, or with Visa or Mastercard.
No reservations are needed to visit the memorial. Parking for vehicles pulling trailers or extra long vehicles is extremely limited.
The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, the Annual Pass - Military, the Senior Pass, the Access Pass and the Every Kid in a Park Pass cannot be used for parking fees at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. These passes cover entrance fees and in some cases provide a discount on special use fees such as camping and tours, but do not cover concession fees such as parking.
The regular Annual Pass and Senior Pass are not sold at Mount Rushmore. They are available at several area national park sites and at local United States Forest Service offices.