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So you’re headed to Mount Rushmore National Memorial to see the iconic faces of U.S. presidents!

There is no national park entry fee for Mount Rushmore National Memorial, but there is a cost for the Mount Rushmore parking.

 

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Is mount rushmore free? Can you see mount rushmore for free? Cost of mount rushmore parking. south dakota travel blog

Is it free to visit mount rushmore national memorial? Can you see mount rushmore for free? Cost of mount rushmore parking. south dakota travel blog

 

Once you get inside the Mount Rushmore National Memorial park, you’ll start to see signs for the Mount Rushmore parking.

You’ll basically just follow the signs.

 

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driving to mount rushmore parking. getting to mount rushmore national memorial parking. south dakota travel blog

driving to mount rushmore parking. getting to mount rushmore national memorial parking. south dakota travel blog

 

Then, there will be a spot where you will take a parking ticket. You won’t pay at this time. You will just grab the ticket. You’ll pay for the ticket separately.

 

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Then you’ll drive ahead to go park in the Mount Rushmore parking garage.

 

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driving to mount rushmore parking garage. getting to mount rushmore national memorial parking garage. south dakota travel blog

 

 

How to pay for the Mount Rushmore parking ticket

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To pay for your Mount Rushmore parking ticket, you’ll look for a pay station. It doesn’t matter when or where you pay. You can do this at any time before you exit the parking garage.

You can find a pay station in the parking garage, and you’ll be able to find pay stations at the start of the Mount Rushmore walk.

 

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cost to visit mount rushmore national memorial. south dakota travel blog

how to pay for mount rushmore parking fee. cost to visit mount rushmore national memorial. south dakota travel blog

 

At the exit of the parking garage, you’ll need to submit a paid ticket in order to leave.

 

 

Cost of Mount Rushmore fee in 2023

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The Mount Rushmore parking fee is $10 per vehicle.

This will give you an annual Mount Rushmore parking pass.

This is the ticket that you’ll insert into the exit station as you exit the parking garage, and you’ll get the ticket back so you can go back to Mount Rushmore without paying the parking fee again!

 

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Aside from the parking fee, there is no admissions fee for Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

So the cost to go to Mount Rushmore is $10, since you’ll need to pay for the parking fee.

There is a reduced Mount Rushmore parking rate for seniors of $5.

You can check for current entry fees here.

This was my experience with Mount Rushmore parking in August 2021. Parking situations can change!

 

More below on going to see the Mount Rushmore president faces!

 

 

 
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Can you see Mount Rushmore for free?

You can see the faces of all 4 of the Mount Rushmore presidents as you are driving through the main road (only major road) of Mount Rushmore National Memorial without paying this parking fee. But it will be a distant view.

 

 

So then…

Should you pay the cost to go to Mount Rushmore to get a closer look of the presidents?

So you have seen the pictures of Mount Rushmore.

It is more or less a personal preference of whether or not you think the Mount Rushmore parking fee is worth it.

Do you want the chance to see the Mount Rushmore president faces up close? Or rather, as close as you can get! The faces are BIG, so even though you are not super close, they can still look close!

If yes, then the Mount Rushmore fee will be worth it to you.

The main thing to do after you have parked your car at the Mount Rushmore parking lot is to walk the Avenue of the Flags. As you walk, the faces of the presidents will get closer and closer. Walking the Avenue of the Flags is basically a given, and you will end up on it naturally after parking.

And to get more out of your money, you will want to consider walking the Presidential Trail. This is a walk with a few stairs that will allow you to see the Mount Rushmore president faces from a different angle. This will again give you a closer look compared to if you were just driving through.

Well, all of this actually comes with an *asterisk! As long as the weather is good enough, then you can see the top of Mount Rushmore and the president faces! I went to Mount Rushmore in the rain, and sometimes the clouds obscured the faces.

 

Cost of mount rushmore parking to see mount rushmore president faces. south dakota travel blog

Cost of mount rushmore parking to see mount rushmore president faces. south dakota travel blog

Cost of mount rushmore parking to see mount rushmore president faces. south dakota travel blog

 

While you are at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, you will also want to consider visiting the Sculptor’s Studio where you can learn about the process of carving out massive faces into massive rocks. Park rangers give talks throughout the day (May through October) about how the Mount Rushmore president faces came to be in the Black Hills.

If you are already having your doubts about seeing Mount Rushmore, then you may not think it’s worth it. There are certainly people who would pass on paying the fee to see a closer look of the faces.

If you are in the area though, then you might as well at least do a free drive by to see the Mount Rushmore presidents!

 

And that’s a bit about parking at Mount Rushmore!

 

If you are interested in Mount Rushmore, you may also be interested in these road trip activities:

 

HAPPY DRIVING TO MOUNT RUSHMORE!

 

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Here are some ideas for a classic South Dakota road trip going from east to west!

After you go to Badlands National Park, you can head west to Wall Drug and then onwards to Mount Rushmore!

You've made it to the Black Hills, where you'll find Custer State Park.

While you're in the area, you can also go to Wind Cave National Park and/or Jewel Cave National Monument and/or the Mammoth Site!

Drive the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway on your way west out of the Black Hills and South Dakota as you continue your epic road trip to Devils Tower National Monument and Wyoming!

Then, onwards to the best places to visit in Wyoming with your grand finale of Wyoming being one day in Yellowstone National Park!

Read more for your South Dakota road trip: Best places to visit in South Dakota

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