America's Shrine of Democracy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial features the 60-foot faces of four great American presidents who represent the birth, growth, development and preservation of this country. Open year-round, and near hotels, the park includes a half-mile walking trail, museum, gift shop and dining room.


13000 Highway 244
Keystone, SD 57751-0268
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(605) 574-2523

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In granite, forever emblazoned, a shrine of democracy marches across the skyline of America. Gazing over the Black Hills, four U.S. presidents stand for hope, determination and the spirit of a nation.

Nightly Lighting Ceremony

Each evening, May through September, a ceremony is held in the park's outdoor Amphitheater. It highlights the making of this national monument with a video, flag lowering ceremony, a salute to veterans and lighting of the memorial.

6 Views of Mount Rushmore You Haven't Seen

6 Views of Mount Rushmore You Haven't Seen

Hike The Presidential Trail

Stand in the shadow of icons. Meander through the relaxing South Dakota wilderness that reveals unique perspectives of the monument. Click arrows below to begin.

While You're Here

See Mountain Goats & Other Wildlife

A Stately Welcome

Walk beneath the proud, waving colors of 56 U.S. states and territories on your way to the Grand View Terrace and Presidential Trail.

TJ's Ice Cream

We can thank Thomas Jefferson for popularizing ice cream in the United States. His recipe was the first recorded by an American. Sample some on your next vacation.

Sculptor's Studio

Unique plaster models, carving tools and exhibits explaining Gutzon Borglum's vision are displayed inside this creative space. (Open May through September.)

“...Let us place there, carved high, as close to heaven as we can, the words of our leaders, their faces, to show posterity what manner of men they were. Then breathe a prayer that these records will endure until the wind and rain alone shall wear them away.”
Gutzon Borglum, Mount Rushmore Sculptor, 1930

Grand View Terrace

The view is especially beautiful at dawn. Arrive before sunrise where a unique look at the memorial rewards you with postcard-perfect photos.

Location and Nearby Attractions

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