Operating Hours: top
Labor Day to Memorial Day: daily 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Memorial Day to Labor Day: daily 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Fees & Permits: top
Access is free to the memorial. Covered parking is available for $8. Remote parking is free.
Spring: Cool, and wet. Temperatures ranging from the 30'ies to the 80'ies by June
Summer: Warm with afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures in the 70'ies to 90'ies, severe weather is possible in the summer
Fall: Cool and dry. Temperature ranging from the 70'ies in September falling to below zero in December
Winter: Cold, snow happens often
What To See: top
Mount Rushmore Memorial with the faces of US president's Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. Artist Studio with plaster concept molds and tools used to carve out mountain. Summer time has evening lighting ceremony at the memorial.
A large number of ranger led activities is going on almost continuously through the day. Range lead walks, hikes, and demonstrations and discussions at the Artist's Studio.
Children's Activities: top
Mount Rushmore National Memorial has programs for school related trips. It is preferred for these trips to be done in the spring or fall. You can contact the part directly for specific information.
Presidential Trail, 1-2/10 miles, boardwalk, easy-moderate
Nature Trail, 6/10 of a mile, easy
Mountain Biking: top
Special Features: top
Improved Camp Sites: top
Backcountry Primitive Camping: top
Improved Shelters, Cabins: top
Lodges or Motel Type Facilities: top
Private vehicle and commercial tours only -- no public transportation
Major Airline Access: top
Keystone South Dakota, 3 miles
Hot Springs, South Dakota, 20 miles south US highway 385
Custer, South Dakota, 20 miles south US highway 385
Food, Fuel, Shopping: top
Keystone, South Dakota, food, fuel, and shopping, excellent jumping off point for all of the Black Hills attractions
Hot Springs, South Dakota, food, fuel and shopping
Custer, South Dakota, many options for food, fuel and shopping, excellent jumping off point for all of the Black Hills attractions
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