South Dakota is home to one of the United States most beloved and historical memorials, Mount Rushmore. Almost every American citizen knows what Mount Rushmore looks like from pictures or videos, or at the very least has read about it in textbooks. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial brings in millions of visitors each and every year just to catch a glimpse of the four father’s faces up on the mountain.
This National Memorial provides not only an exciting adventure through a beautiful area, but also a great look at history unlike any you’ve ever seen before.
When can I visit the Mount Rushmore National Memorial?
Mount Rushmore is open all year long, seven days a week, except for Christmas Day which the memorial is closed. However, all of the different visitor centers and shops close at different times throughout the year and throughout the day. The Lincoln Borglum Visitor and Information center is open from 8 AM – 9 PM on August 11th – September 30th, and from October 1st – May 31st it is open from 8 AM – 5 PM.
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial gift shop hours vary quite a bit throughout the year. From August 11th – September 30th it opens at 8 AM and closes at 9:30 PM, from October 1st – October 24th it opens at 8 AM and closes at 7 PM, and from October 25th to March 31st it opens at 8 AM and closes at 6 PM.
How much does it cost to visit the Mount Rushmore National Memorial?
Entrance to the memorial is free for any individuals travelling on foot, but those who wish to park near the memorial would pay a fee of $11 per vehicle including cars, motorcycles, and RVs. Educational buses are required to pay a fee of $25, and a commercial tour bus is required to pay a fee of $50.
Recreational Rock Climbing
One of the biggest attractions at Mount Rushmore other that the memorial itself is the rock climbing adventures available. There are several rules that need to be followed at all times when taking part in any of the rock climbing activities:
- Climbing in areas surrounding sculptures is strictly prohibited.
- Camping overnight, or starting an open fire is not allowed anywhere within the memorial boundaries.
- Climbers are required to sign in at one of the many Climbing Registers throughout the Mount Rushmore National Memorial
- Off road vehicles are strictly prohibited on the grounds of the national memorial
How do I get to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial?
Visitors arriving on an airplane that wish to head directly to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial can simply take Highway 44 for approximately 35 miles. Travelling via car, visitors should take I-90 to the Rapid City exit, and then follow Highway 16 Southwest to Keystone, next take Highway 244 all the way to Mount Rushmore.
From the south, visitors need to follow Highway 385 north until they reach Highway 244, and then take that to Mount Rushmore. There are no public transportation options available to bring guests to the memorial, so those who are not local residents are encourage to take either a rental car or search for a third party tour bus or something along those lines.
Once guests have arrived at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, getting around is not too complicated. Most of the facilities located at the memorial are located within a centralized area, making it easy to navigate from one location to the other. Guests are encouraged to plan around a two hour visit to the memorial to enjoy the experience at its fullest potential.