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  • National Memorial, Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

    Fees & Parking

Entrance Fees & Parking

There is no entrance fee for Mount Rushmore National Memorial, but there are fees for parking at the memorial.

When Xanterra Travel Collection® began managing the parking facility at Mount Rushmore in the fall of 2016 it reduced the parking fee and began planning and implementing many improvements to the facility and its operation that will improve both sustainability and the visitor experience. Some of these improvements include the addition of a large photovoltaic carport system, a pay-on-foot payment system, an automated parking guidance system to quickly show drivers where open parking spaces are available, electric vehicle charging stations, tire inflation stations, and a total lighting replacement. Xanterra is also pursuing Parksmart certification for the parking facility and its operation to assure the highest levels of sustainability.

Parking Fees (Valid for 1 Year)

Vehicle Type2023 Parking Rates
Cars, Motorcycles, RVs$10.00 per vehicle
$5.00 for Seniors
Free for Active Military
Commercial Tour Bus $50.00*
Verified, nonprofit Educational Bus $25.00*

*These parking passes are valid for 24 hours from time of first entry

No reservations are needed to visit the memorial. Parking for vehicles pulling trailers or extra long vehicles is extremely limited so arriving early is highly recommended.

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, the Annual Pass – Military, the Senior Pass, the Access Pass and the Every Kid in a Park Pass cannot be used for parking fees at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. These passes cover entrance fees and in some cases provide a discount on special use fees such as camping and tours, but do not cover concession fees such as parking.

Electric Vehicle Charging
There are three Tesla destination chargers and three universal (J-1772) level 2 EV chargers available at the north corner of parking level 2 for no additional fee.

For questions concerning parking and parking fees, please call 605-574-2515.