What Can I Do With My Pet?

A male visitor sitting on a bench holding the leash of a yellow dog lying near his feet.
A visitor sitting with his pet in the green space between the parking garages.

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Quick Facts
While pets are only allowed in limited areas at Mount Rushmore, there are opportunities to walk and hike with your pet nearby.

At Mount Rushmore, pets on a leash are permitted in the green spaces on the edges of and between the parking garages. They are also permitted as far as the columns at the walk-in entrance and along the sidewalk extending to either side.

Pets, including those that are carried, inside pet carriers or strollers, are not permitted along the main walkway beyond the entrance columns, in the Avenue of Flags, on the Grand View Terrace, in the Amphitheater, on the Presidential Trail or on the Nature Trail.

Pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet are allowed on the Blackberry Trail, located across South Dakota Highway 244 from the parking structure. The trail is one mile long and connects with the Centennial Trail in the Black Hills National Forest. Pets are permitted on all Black Hills National Forest trails and on trails in Custer State Park.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Last updated: December 20, 2022