We realize that many of our visitors enjoy traveling with their pets. However, because of the large numbers of people who visit each day we also have concerns for the comfort and safety of all our visitors, pets and wildlife.
To balance these needs, pets on a leash (no longer than six feet) are permitted only in the parking garages and the areas adjacent to them. These areas are shaded orange on the park facilities map, and include:
Pets on a leash are also permitted on the Blackberry Trail, located directly across South Dakota Highway 244 from the parking garage.
To help keep Mount Rushmore clean for those who visit after you, please pick up after your pet with bags that are provided on each side of the parking garage.
Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, are permitted to accompany visitors with disabilities in all areas open to the public at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
National Parks: Accessible to Everyone
Emotional Support Animals
For more information on accessibility at the memorial please visit our Accessibility page.
Last updated: January 30, 2023