Parking is readily available in the memorial's parking facility, operated under a concession contract between the National Park Service and Xanterra Travel Collection. A parking ticket entitles a non-commercial vehicle unlimited entry to the memorial for one year from the date of purchase. No reservations are needed to visit the memorial.
Parking fees may be paid with cash or most credit cards. For questions concerning parking and parking fees, please call Xanterra Travel Collection at (605) 574-2515.
A parking ticket entitles a non-commercial vehicle unlimited entry to the memorial for one year from the date of purchase.
$50 (valid for 24 hours from time of first entry)
$25 (valid for 24 hours from time of first entry)
The America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass, Military Pass - Annual, Military Pass - Lifetime, Senior Pass, Access Pass and Every Kid Outdoors Pass cannot be used for parking fees at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. These passes cover entrance fees but do not cover concession fees such as parking. Mount Rushmore National Memorial does not charge an entrance fee.
How to Park
Upon arrival you will be directed to the entrance gates. Lanes One, Two and Three are for non-commercial cars and Lane Four is for buses, RVs, trailers, and commercial vehicles. Parking for larger vehicles such as RVs and trailers is very limited. During peak summer season it is best to arrive earlier in the day. Overnight parking is not allowed.
ADA Accessible Parking
For more information about ADA accessible parking please visit our Accessibility page.
How to Pay
There are many different locations where you can pay for your ticket.
Pay-on-foot stations are located:
At any checkout in the Carvers’ Café and Gift Shop
At the parking facility vehicle exit gates:
How to Exit
After you pay for your ticket, keep it to use to exit the parking facility. Paid parking tickets that have been validated at the exit gate are valid for one year. In order to use your ticket for parking during that time, you must insert your ticket into the machine at the exit gate. This validates your ticket and opens the gate. Before driving away, take your validated ticket out of the machine.
Last updated: January 30, 2023