Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Getting There
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, surrounded by the Black Hills National Forest, is 25 miles southwest of Rapid City, South Dakota, via U.S. 16, and 3 miles from Keystone via U.S. 16A and S. Dak. 244. Major airlines and bus routes serve Rapid City.

Contact Details
P.O. Box 268
Keystone, SD 57751
Phone: (605) 574-2523

The park has food service and a gift shop; food service is limited in winter. Motels, campgrounds, and picnic areas are available in nearby communities and in Black Hills National Forest.

The memorial can be viewed 24 hours a day year-round. The orientation center is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in winter, and until 10 p.m. during the summer season. It is closed on December 25. Hours are subject to change. The Sculptor's Studio is open during the summer. A lighting ceremony is presented at the amphitheater in summer beginning at 9 p.m. The sculpture is lighted nightly throughout the year.

The orientation center has exhibits and a brief film shown continuously throughout the day. The memorial faces southeast and is best viewed and photographed in the morning light. Short trails lead to the Sculptor's Studio and amphitheater. The studio has exhibits that include original tools, models, and other carving equipment. Tours and talks at the studio are conducted daily during the summer season.

Disabled Access
The park grounds and facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities; assistance may be required on some trails. Stairways lead to the lower visitor areas.

For your safety and the park's protection climbing the mountain, feeding wild animals, and building fires are prohibited. It is unlawful to collect plants, animals, rocks, or other natural materials. Pets are allowed on trails, but must be leashed at all times. Stay on trails while walking. Trails are slippery when wet and may have rough and uneven surfaces.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication
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