Parking is readily available in the memorial's parking facility, 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. No reservations are needed to visit the memorial.

Six charging stations for electric vehicles are located on Level Two of the parking facility. A free tire inflation station is available near the exit of Level Four. Bicycle lockers are available on Level One. See a parking attendant for more information about using the lockers.

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


Parking Fees

Parking fees may be paid with cash or most credit cards.  For questions concerning parking and parking fees, please call Xanterra Travel Collection at (605) 574-2515.


The America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, Military Pass - Annual, Military Pass - Lifetime, Senior Pass, Access Pass and Every Kid Outdoors Pass cannot be used for parking fees at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. These passes cover entrance fees but do not cover concession fees such as parking. Mount Rushmore National Memorial does not charge an entrance fee.

How to Park

Upon arrival you will be directed to the entrance gates. Lanes One, Two and Three are for non-commercial cars and Lane Four is for buses, RVs, trailers, and commercial vehicles. Parking for larger vehicles such as RVs and trailers is very limited. During peak summer season it is best to arrive earlier in the day. Overnight parking is not allowed.

If you need access to ADA parking or the drop off zones, please use Lane Four. The attendant in this lane can direct you to those areas.

As you enter lanes One, Two, or Three take a parking ticket to open the gate. If you already have a valid, paid parking ticket, follow the directions on the machine to scan your ticket.

Overhead view of the parking facility.  Access roads circle the outside of the parking facility.  Levels One, Two and Three are on the right side, levels Four, Five and Six are on the left.  Mount Rushmore is out of view towards the top of the image.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Parking Facility Map (Click on map to view larger image)

ADA Accessible Parking

For more information about ADA accessible parking please visit our Accessibility page.

A visitor inserts a ticket into a pay-on-foot station to pay for parking. The station has blue panels and text in yellow letters instructing visitors to pay for parking here on the side and step-by-step instructions on the front.
One of the pay-on-foot stations located near the main entrance.

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How to Pay

There are many different locations where you can pay for your ticket.

Pay-on-foot stations are located:

  • On parking levels One, Two, Four and Five near the stairs
  • At the memorial entrance pergola
  • Outside the Carvers’ Café and Gift Shop

At any checkout in the Carvers’ Café and Gift Shop

At the parking facility vehicle exit gates:

  • Machines only accept credit cards
  • No senior or active-duty military discounts are offered at exit gates.
Closeup view of a parking facility exit station.  The station has a blue panel with step-by-step instructions for using a ticket to exit and paying for parking.
Parking Facility Exit Station

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How to Exit

After you pay for your ticket, keep it to use to exit the parking facility. Paid parking tickets that have been validated at the exit gate are valid for one year. In order to use your ticket for parking during that time, you must insert your ticket into the machine at the exit gate. This validates your ticket and opens the gate. Before driving away, take your validated ticket out of the machine.

If the exit gate is open as you drive up and you do not insert your ticket into the machine, it is not validated. Unvalidated tickets will not allow you to re-enter the parking facility.

Last updated: January 30, 2023

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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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