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South Dakota Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Distance from hotel: 27.7 miles
Category: Activities
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Before you go

Mount Rushmore National Memorial: The Shrine of Democracy

The "Shrine of Democracy," Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a masterpiece carved out of a granite mountain. Marvel at the enormous carved faces of four U.S. Presidents - Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and George Washington. Hike the Presidential Trail in the shadows of American icons. Explore the South Dakota wilderness to see beautiful wildlife and wildflowers blooming along the walking paths. Stand at the Grand View Terrace for postcard views of the memorial at dawn. With awe-inspiring beauty, scenic trails, and historic exhibits, this celebrated national treasure is fun for the whole family. 


Prices -

$11 for parking

Hours -

Grounds open 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., October 2, 2016 - March 11 and 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., March 12 - September 30


  • Junior Ranger Program
  • Ranger-led Programs
  • Youth Exploration Area


  • Monument Viewing
  • Hiking Trails
  • Museum
  • Ranger Tours
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Photography


  • Where can I park at Mount Rushmore National Memorial?

    Visitors can find abundant parking at the memorial's parking complex located within steps of the monument. Because no federal funding was set aside for constructing the parking facility, guests are required to pay an $11 fee for car, truck, motorcycle and RV parking.
  • Are dogs allowed at Mount Rushmore?

    Dogs are only allowed in the memorial's two designated pet walking areas. All dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet in length. Visitors are required to clean up after their pets using bags provided in the pet exercise areas. For a map of the designated pet walking areas, visit https://www.nps.gov/moru/planyourvisit/pets.htm.

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