Ranger Programs

A park ranger presenting a ranger talk along the Presidential Trail.
A park ranger presenting a ranger talk along the Presidential Trail.

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You do not need a reservation for any programs at Mount Rushmore, including the Evening Lighting Ceremony.

Sculptor's Studio Talk (15 minutes) Free

Learn about the tools and techniques used in the carving of the mountain sculpture. 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.

Evening Program (45 minutes - weather permitting) Free

Join a park ranger in the park's outdoor amphitheater for an inspirational 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.

Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Heritage Village (10 - 30 minutes) Free

Explore the history of the Black Hills and the American Indian tribes who have populated this land for thousands of years. Located along the first section of the Presidential Trail, this area highlights the customs and traditions of local American Indian communities. Open 10:30 a.m.. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays early June through mid-August, weather permitting.

Youth Exploration Area (10 - 30 minutes) Free

Explore the natural, cultural and historical aspects of Mount Rushmore with interactive programs. Located along the first sections of the Presidential Trail. Open 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. daily early June through early August.

Self-Guided Tour (30 - 120 minutes) Rental Fee Charged

Rent an audio tour wand or multimedia device to hear the story of Mount Rushmore through music, narration, interviews, historic recordings and sound effects while walking a scenic route around the park. Available at the Audio Tour Building across from the Information Center (rentals available inside the Information Center during the winter months). The tour and accompanying brochure are available in English, French, German, Lakota, and Spanish.

Last updated: June 3, 2021

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Mailing Address:

13000 Highway 244
Building 31, Suite 1

Keystone, SD 57751


(605) 574-2523
Park information. Phones are answered 7 days a week. Hours are 8:00 - 5:00 October through May, 8:00 - 10:00 June through mid-August and 8:00 - 9:00 mid-August through September. All times are Mountain Time.

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