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Mount Rushmore, Black Hills, South Dakota

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. The Mount Rushmore Memorial was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum.

Representing freedom and democracy, Mount Rushmore National Memorial in the Black Hill National Forest near Keystone, Hill City, and Custer,  is a tribute to four presidents:

George Washington, who represents the birth of our republic;  visions of representative government with our expanding nation as seen by Thomas Jefferson;  Theodore Roosevelt recognizing the role of the United States in world affairs and economy and Abraham Lincoln for equality to all citizens.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the Black Hills represent American history.  History of Gutzon Borglum, Crazy Horse (Crazy Horse Memorial), Custer State Park, and old mining towns of Hill City and Keystone, connected by the 1880 train, now quaint with history and charm, thrive near Mount Rushmore Memorial.  

Mount Rushmore is considered a priceless U.S. treasure.  The U.S. National Park Service took control of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in 1933.

What to do at Mount Rushmore Memorial?

  • Visit the Avenue of Flags.  Each state is represented.
  • The Presidential Trail leads to close views of Mount Rushmore Memorial faces.
  • Mount Rushmore's state of the art Visitor Center and Museum. Enjoy an orientation film on the presidents and the Mount Rushmore carving.
  • Evening Sculpture Lighting Ceremony held in the amphitheater at 9:00 PM nightly (dusk) during the summer months.
  • Shopping in the large Mount Rushmore gift shop.  Local artists sell their crafts.
  • Shop for Black Hills Gold Jewelry.
  • Mount Rushmore carving is viewable from Grand View Terrace
  • Eat at Carver's Cafe with special offerings to include All American Favorites, Presidential Fetures, Dakota Grill and Pizza, Bonsun Chair Bakery, Memorial Team Ice Cream, Gourmet Coffee, Tea and Espresso.
  • Visit Scultor's studio and see the original model of the carving.
  • The Mount Rushmore Audio Tour includes interviews, historic recordings, music and narration.
  • Guided walks available to Sculptors Studion, Presidential Trail, Talks on Grand Terrace.
  • Afternoon Children's Activities.

 Please check at the park's Visitor Center or call the park at (605) 574-2523 for times of these activities.