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Presidential Trail at Mount Rushmore

Keystone, South Dakota

based on 3 reviews



0.71 miles

Elevation Gain

137 ft

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The closest possible access to Mount Rushmore National Monument is achieved by walking the Presidential Trail, which takes you to the bottom of the rock pile below the carving. This loop trail is just shy of 1 mile and offers a unique perspective with a chance to view some wildlife.

Expect there to be crowds as it is a very popular trail, but there are ample opportunities to grab a great photo at different spots and rest points. There are 422 stairs that lead to multiple viewing deck areas and viewpoints.

Due to stairs on the eastern portion of this trail, this trail is only partially wheelchair and stroller accessible and is better accessed in a clockwise direction. In order to access the monument and trail, there is an $11 entrance fee per vehicle. The trail is open between May and November.

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Presidential Trail at Mount Rushmore Reviews

Good loop to see Mt. Rushmore from diff angles. Make sure to stop off for some refreshments, it gets hot there!

Great views of the monument await you. Be sure to do the full loop as you can stand very close to under the monument. After the short hike which for the most part is on pavement or boardwalk be sure to check out the visitor center and other exhibits.

This is a nice walk around and you get different views of the heads. I wouldn’t recommend going during sturgis as my mom and I did when we were passing through cause everything in the vicinity is packed, but worth the stop to see it! Crazy to think they did it all from hanging on a rope

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