Presidential Trail

Concrete walkway with trees and Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the background.
View of Mount Rushmore from the Presidential Trail.

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Quick Facts

Accessible Sites, Benches/Seating, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead, Wheelchair Accessible

The Presidential Trail is 0.6 miles and takes you on a scenic walking loop offering you various angles of Mount Rushmore National Memorial as you go. The first 0.2 miles of the trail is paved to accommodate wheelchairs from the Grand View Terrace to viewing areas at the base of the mountain. The remaining 0.4 miles of trail leading away from the mountain to the Sculptor’s Studio is not accessible for mobility impairments and consists of 422 stairs.

A quick tip: If you follow the paved portion of the trail first, you will go down 262 stairs to the Sculptor's Studio and up 160 stairs from the Sculptor’s Studio to the Grand View Terrace.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Last updated: December 15, 2022