Get Mount Rushmore Right from the StartEntering Mount Rushmore National Park, you'll be awed by the majesty of these presidential visage rock carvings. Take your time to admire how their faces change with the natural light, and take some pictures to make these memories your personal ones.Mount Rushmore Visitor CenterPark rangers are always present at the center and more than happy to answer all your questions. Additionally, the museum housed here provides plenty of background information about how this marvel of stone masonry became reality.Mount Rushmore Hiking TrailsThe whole area is criss-crossed by hiking trails of varying difficulty, allowing you to explore the local natural scenery at your own pace, combining a history lesson with time in South Dakota's great outdoors.
How to Get to Mount RushmoreThe closest airport is Rapid City Regional, 35 miles away via highway 44. Follow either Highway 16 southwest to Keystone and then Highway 244, or from the south, Highway 385 north and then Highway 244.Free to Visit, but Pay to ParkAs a national site, visiting Mount Rushmore is free, but you do need to pay for parking. For a year from purchase, your parking permit is valid for unlimited entry for non-commercial vehicles.Best Time to VisitNational holidays are the busiest days, and June to August, the busiest months. Weekdays during September to May are the most recommended. A cabin rental near Mount Rushmore makes it easy to get to this emblematic national site in a short time, and will allow you to relax comfortably after your visit.