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Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

What are the nearest major cities/airports?

The nearest airport is in Rapid City, which is 35 miles from Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

Please view our Find Us page for additional information.

What address do I use with map software for directions?

Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
13000 SD Hwy 244, Bldg. 81
Keystone, SD 57751

What are the GPS coordinates for Mount Rushmore?

N 43° 52′ 36.5″, W 103° 27′ 15.5″

What is the address if I need to ship a package?

Xanterra Parks & Resorts
Mt. Rushmore National Memorial
13000 SD Hwy 244, Bldg. 81
Keystone, SD 57751

Is Mount Rushmore open year-round?

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is open year-round, but is closed December 25th for Christmas.

Is there lodging at Mount Rushmore National Memorial?

Accommodations are not available at Mount Rushmore. Please visit our Plan Your Trip page for additional resources for lodging outside of Mount Rushmore.

What should I expect the weather to be?

Mount Rushmore is 5,680 feet above sea level, which means snow in winter and cool nights in summer.

The winter months can bring temperatures of 40ºF and 10-20 degrees cooler in the evening. The weather starts to warm up during the spring. Expect spring temperatures in the between 50-60ºF. The average temperature during the summer months is 70-80ºF.

May and June are typically the two wettest months of the year. In late May and early June fog can obscure the view of Mount Rushmore for part of the day.

We advise you to check weather Web sites for current forecasts and to be prepared for the seasonal possibilities as weather can change quickly.

Is there cell phone service?

Yes, Allt and Verizon currently offer service; however, we cannot make any guarantees to the signal strength.

Is there a business center?

We do not offer a business center.

Is there an entrance fee to enter the Park?

There is no entrance fee to enter the park, but there is a parking fee to park in the parking lot. The National Park Service currently charges $11 per private vehicle at the entrance of the parking lot. This fee is valid for the calendar year issued. This fee varies when entering by commercial vehicle.

Where is the nearest location to get fuel?

Gasoline is available year-round in the town of Keystone, which boarders the park on the east and in Hill City, which is 14 miles to the west.

Can I bring my pet?

Pets are permitted only within two pet walking areas at Mount Rushmore. Please refer to the National Park Service Web site for additional details.

Do I need dining room reservations?

Advance notification is recommended for groups of 20 or more, but reservations are not required to dine at Carvers Café; service is on a first come first served basis. Notification can be made by calling 800-827-9323 or e-mail mtriplet[at]xanterra[dot]com.

Working in a National or State Park sounds like fun, how can I learn more about this and possibly apply for a job?

Working in a National Park can be an excellent experience for people of all ages. For more information, please visit our Careers page.

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