ReservationsYou do not need a reservation to visit or for any programs at Mount Rushmore, including the Evening Lighting Ceremony.
Special Use Permits
There are several types of special use permits necessary for certain activities or events held at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The links below provide information regarding such permits.
After your permit application has been received, you will be contacted for payment via the email address you list on your application. After you have been given a payment number via email, you may make a payment for your permit application online by visiting https://pay.gov/public/home. Enter "Mount Rushmore" into the search box at the top of the page and click on "Search" to display a list of our payment forms. Or payment may be made by check addressed to Permit Coordinator Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
Applications processed Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm mountain time
No permits will be approved for special events, weddings, filming or photography during the following dates:
As of October 2016, the Carvers' Cafe and the Carvers' Cafe Patio are not available for reservations from May 16th to Labor Day. For reservations from the day after Labor Day to May 15th, please apply for a Special Use Permit.
Use the links below to find information regarding special use permits:
Last updated: February 21, 2023