Day Hikes

The Presidential Trail begins near the main viewing terrace and proceeds west through the ponderosa pines to the talus slope at the base of the sculpture. The trail is .6 mile long, and a large portion of it is accessible to travelers with disabilities. The other portion consists of many steps, and depending on which direction a visitor walks, the trail can be a steep climb. The boardwalk circles the southeastern slope of the mountain before arriving at the Sculptor's Studio. In addition to decreasing crowding on the memorial's viewing terraces, this trail takes visitors into the woods and affords vantage points from which to view the four presidents.

A Native American Heritage Village is located on the first section of the Presidential Trail. The village illustrates the history, customs, and traditions of local American Indian communities.


Rock Climbing

Although climbing on the Mount Rushmore sculpture and within the restricted zone adjacent to the sculpture is prohibited, much of the park is open to climbing. The park is known as a world-class sports climbing area, with its massive spires and large rock faces nestled amid tall ponderosa pines.

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