Places to Visit: Mount Rushmore National Memorial

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Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Make the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota part of your Yellowstone vacation itinerary so you can witness this tribute to the first 150 years of our country.

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  • See the intricate details of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt carved into the mountain
  • Take a self-guided tour or one provided by a ranger to learn interesting facts
  • Stroll along the Presidential Trail to get up close to the carvings
  • Mount Rushmore is only 513 miles from Yellowstone National Park


Each of the four men whose figures were carved in stone on Mount Rushmore possessed unbelievable leadership skills and visions for America.


Mount Rushmore National Memorial is open seven days a week all year round, except for Christmas Day.

Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center and the Information Center
May 29 to August 14 – 8 am to 10 pm
August 15 to September 30 – 8 am to 9 pm
October 1 to May 28 – 8 am to 5 pm


There is no entrance fee, only a parking fee.
Parking Fee is $10 for an annual pass (cars, motorcycles and RV’s)

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Millions come to Mount Rushmore National Memorial to find inspiration from the personages of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt carved into the granite of the Black Hills.

Activities are many and there’s something for the whole family. You can take self-guided tours or those provided by Rangers. Have fun with the interactive exhibits. Stroll along the Presidential Trail to get the closest look at this towering work. It's truly a breathtaking destination.

Getting Here

To get to Yellowstone National Park from Mount Rushmore, you get onto the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway to US 16. Turn left onto US 385 for 11.6 miles then right on SD 89. Jog over to I-25 on US 18 and head north to exit 189, where you’ll get on US 20 and follow the signs to Yellowstone.