Overview of entrance requirements
FreeNo entrance pass required
Most visitors need
An entrance pass is not required to access Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Other National Park Service sites may require an entrance pass or fee. Depending on your trip plans, an interagency pass may save you money.
A parking fee is assessed by the authorized park concessionaire.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial does not have an entrance fee. A fee is required to park in the concession-operated parking facility. Parking fees may be paid with cash or most credit cards.
A parking ticket entitles a non-commercial vehicle unlimited entry to the memorial for one year from the date of purchase.
$10 per vehicle
$5 for Seniors (62 and older)
Free for Active Duty Military
$50 (valid for 24 hours from time of first entry)
$25 (valid for 24 hours from time of first entry)
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 Travel Collection. A parking ticket entitles a non-commercial vehicle unlimited entry to the memorial for one year from the date of purchase. Designated handicapped parking areas are located in both parking garages in the upper and middle levels.
No reservations are needed to visit the memorial. Parking for vehicles pulling trailers or extra-long vehicles is extremely limited. For questions concerning parking and parking fees, please call Xanterra Travel Collection at 605-574-2515.
The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, the Annual Pass - Military, Lifetime Pass - Military, the Senior Pass, the Access Pass and the Every Kid Outdoors 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 Passes are not sold at Mount Rushmore. They are available at several area national park sites and at local United States Forest Service offices.
Last updated: May 11, 2023