ReservationsYou do not need a reservation 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 November, 2016, the Carvers' Café and Carvers' Café Patio will not be able to make reservations or requests for private dinners or receptions between the beginning of Memorial Day weekend through September 30th.
Use the links below to find information regarding special use permits:
Last updated: May 12, 2022