Operating Hours and Seasons

The visitor facilities at Mount Rushmore National Memorial are open all year, seven days a week, with the exception of December 25th. On December 25th, weather permitting, the parking structure and grounds remain open, but all buildings are closed.

Overnight parking is not permitted within the boundaries of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

All times listed are mountain time.


Parking Structure and Memorial Grounds


Information Center


Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center


Sculpture Illumination


Evening Lighting Ceremony

Join a park ranger in the park's outdoor amphitheater for an inspirational 45-minute program focusing on the presidents, patriotism and the nation's history. Beginning with a ranger talk, this program continues with the film "Freedom: America's Lasting Legacy" (captioned) and culminates with the lighting of the memorial. Program held nightly late May through the end of September.

No evening lighting ceremony, sculpture illuminated nightly at sunset.


Sculptor's Studio

Learn about the tools and techniques used in the carving of the mountain sculpture. 15-minute talks include stories from the workers, demonstrations of the tools and the artist's working model. Programs are offered frequently each day throughout the summer months. Schedules are posted at the Information Center and Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center.

Self-Guided Tour Building

Self-guided tours available inside the Information Center 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Gift Shop


Carvers' Café


Ice Cream

Available in Carvers' Café

Available in Carvers' Café

Last updated: November 17, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

13000 Highway 244
Building 31, Suite 1

Keystone , SD 57751


605 574-2523
Park information. Phones are answered from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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