Scattering Cremated Remains

Mount Rushmore National Memorial does allow the scattering of cremated human remains in one designated area within the memorial. This activity requires a Special Use Permit and a fee of $25.

  • Ashes may only be scattered, weather permitting, from the Friday before Memorial Day through September 30, due to the possibility of icy conditions in the designated area.
  • The designated area is rocky and uneven and may be difficult for those with mobility impairments.
  • No chairs or tables are permitted.
  • A park ranger will accompany the group to the designated area.
  • Ashes must be scattered completely, not buried or placed in a pile.
  • No markers, cairns, displays, signs or plaques may be placed in the park.
  • Early mornings, when the park is less crowded, are the best time of day for privacy and solitude during the scattering of ashes.

Before completing an application, read through the Special Use Permit Guidelines for Events.

Application forms are below:

Application for Special Use Permit (Short Form) - 106 KB PDF

Last updated: April 1, 2020

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13000 Highway 244
Building 31, Suite 1

Keystone, SD 57751


(605) 574-2523
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