8 a.m. ~ 10 p.m.
Mount Rushmore Fireworks on July 3, 2006. Mt. Rushmore no
longer has fireworks displays. If you want to see fireworks
nowadays, this picture will have to do. (Photo
of the South Dakota Department of Tourism.)
Mt. Rushmore National Monument
1/4 mile, Visitor Center 2 miles
||2 or more
Information Center & Museum
Open All Year
except Christmas Day. Lighting program in evening
starting times vary with sunset. Gift shop and
snack bar hours vary
with season. Monument is best viewed in
morning or after
dark. In summer avoid the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. time
slot as that is when
tour buses arrive.
South Dakota Highway 244
west (the road to Mt. Rushmore).
technically free but there
is a charge for parking in the ramp. No parking,
or standing is allowed on the
nearby roads, so unless you walk or bike in,
you'll have to pay to park. The parking pass is
the calendar year in which it is issued.
Lighting Ceremony, Interpretive
Walks, especially the Presidential Trail.
Open All Year
Highly Recommended, we've never gotten
October 4, 2006
Mt. Rushmore, officially known as the
the premiere attraction in the Black Hills. This
mountain sculpture was started in 1927 and
continued until work was
halted in 1940. It remains "unfinished" to
day, but most of the 2.8 million visitors who come
each year don't know
The State of South Dakota
maintains a web site about Mt. Rushmore at: http://www.travelsd.com/placestogo/rushmore/.
The sculpture is best seen
is usually good throughout the morning hours. The
monument should also
be seen after dark, and the evening lighting
program is especially
during the summer months. Until September
1st, the lighting
at 9 p.m., thereafter it begins 8 p.m.
At other times the lights are unceremoniously
turned on only for the
first two hours after sunset.
Most visitors to Mt. Rushmore
monument from atop the Grand Terrance. There are,
however, quite a
number of other things to see or do, including a
hike around the Presidential
Trail, a visit to
the Artist's Studio (summer only) and a visit to
Center. There is also a gift shop, a restaurant
and a park service
visitor information booth at the monument.
Finally, it is quite likely
you will see white mountain goats (sheep really)
on or around the
monument because a sizable group lives there.
In case you are the one
person on the planet who
doesn't know what Mt. Rushmore looks like you
can peruse any of
the 12,000 images of it at Google
Info: 605-574-2523. Web site:
Park Service, Mount Rushmore National Monument.
Rushmore, PO Box 268, Keystone, SD 57751.
NOTE: There is no
lodging facilities within the Mt. Rushmore
boundaries. The nearest
accommodations are in the Town of Keystone, two
miles from the visitor
center. The restaurant (a food court) and gift
shop at Mt. Rushmore are
operated under contract by Xantera Parks &