Parking is the only entrance fee. Pedestrians willing to walk up the 8% grade roadway from the town of Keystone can get in for free. Parking for Cars in the multi-level parking structuree is $6-. RVs pay $11 and park where directed by park personnel driving golf carts. Commercial trucks can bobtail in at the RV rate. I didn't determine where motorcycles park, but this is a very popular stop for motorcycles. Don't leave your pet in the car or RV on a hot day, or you'll risk a ticket for this. But, pets are not allowed at the memorial. No engine idling, so if you have a noisy aux power motor, park further away from the main entrance.
Mount Rushmore is fairly remote and not serviced by mass transit It is in the central western part of South Dakota. It's more the area around the Monument that truly make it worth the visit and getting around will be easiest in your own vehicle.
Typical distances: Mount Rushmore National Memorial to Badlands National Park-100 miles or 2 hours. Mount Rushmore NM to Rapid City-23 miles or 40 minutes. MRNM to Custer State Park-20 miles or 35 minutes.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial does not charge an entry fee. It does however charge a $10 parking fee. This parking fee is not covered by any US National Park Pass including the generally all-inclusive America The Beautiful Pass.
Traffic at the time was not bad except for those who stopping in the roadway to take pictures. So traffic was not congested at all. They do say that traffic can be heaviest in the middle of the day.
Yet, the biggest headache is the obvious traffic back-ups occur at the parking garage. There is a huge volume of vehicles passing through the gates, which causees some congestion. Paying for parking is a quick process. Please be patient!
The parks suggestion is during June, July and August are the busiest months. July 3rd, the day of the Independence Day fireworks display, the parking garage will fill up between mid-morning and early afternoon.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 Hwy 244 Bldg 31 Suite 1
Keystone, SD 57751
We rented a small Nissan Vespa for our trip from Saskatchewan to South Dakota, and it served our needs quite well - other than the tendency to require quite a few stops for fuel. That was due to a combination of having a relatively small fuel tank and not knowing whether there would be any open gasoline stations in the small and sparse communities spread out across the Great Plains as we drove south.
The car did not have cruise control for the long stretches of highway with little traffic but I didn't seem to have too much trouble holding it at a steady 110-kph (except when it encountered a serious climb!). However, the Vespa was just fine for exploring the many attractions in the beautiful Black Hills area of South Dakota. Overall, our little car managed to average 12.7 km/litre or 36 mpg (30 miles per US gallon) for our cumulative driving distance of 2300-km. Rental cost from the National car rental agency in Regina, Saskatchewan was C$69 (US$65) for each of the four days we used it, including the cost of full insurance coverage.
As far as Mount Rushmore itself is concerned, after paying the $10 entrance fee per car (valid for the remainder of the year) at one of the multiple entrance booths, you then drive the short distance to a multi-story concrete parking complex where you can pick whichever floor suits you. We were at Mount Rushmore early (already walking into the overlook by 9:30 AM) so were well ahead of the peak crowds. We chose to park top-side among the cars shown in the 2nd photo, but found the car quite heated up by the time (11 AM) we had wrapped up our tour. It may be advisable to park below in the peak of summer!
Crazy Horse is located on Highway 16. From Crazy Horse, travel North on Highway 16 until you get to 244. If turn right onto 244, you'll be taken to Mount Rushmore! That's not too hard. From Mount Rushmore to Crazy Horse, just travel on 244 until you come across Highway 16. Travel South on Highway 16 to get to Crazy Horse!
the parking costs 8 usd and its valid for 1 year (but if u r there for the day it doesnt really help u ) anyway u can walk without ur car if u want
and there are also some trips from hotels at kingstone