Things To Do

Visitors starting out on the Presidential Trail.
Visitors starting out on the Presidential Trail.

While most visitors travel to Mount Rushmore to admire the enormous sculpted faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, there are numerous other ways to experience this site and immerse yourself in the human history and the natural surroundings of the Black Hills of South Dakota.

If you have 1-2 hours:

  • Visit the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center to view exhibits and a 14-minute film describing the reasons for and methods used in carving Mount Rushmore.
  • Walk the Presidential Trail (0.6 miles long, 422 stairs, weather permitting) to get up close and personal with the mountain sculpture and perhaps glimpse some of the area wildlife.
  • Visit the Sculptor's Studio, where Gutzon Borglum spent much of his time refining his scale model of Mount Rushmore. Open May to September only.

If you have more time, you may also consider:

A park ranger describes the carving process inside the Sculptor's Studio.

Ranger Led Programs

Learn more about ranger talks, Sculptor's Studio talks, the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Heritage Village, and the Evening Lighting Ceremony.

Mount Rushmore Audio Tour logo with audio tour wand.

Mount Rushmore Audio Tour

Learn more about renting the Mount Rushmore Audio Tour.

Contact the Park

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.

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