Have you ever wanted to see history, etched in stone? Mount Rushmore could be the fun and historical RV road trip you’ve been looking for! The National Monument is family-friendly as well as educational. Find out what makes this place so special and why you need to plan your next trip here!
History & Culture
The president’s sculptures began to be carved into Mount Rushmore in October of 1927. Gutzon Borglum designed the sculpture and oversaw its creation until he died in 1941. His son took over after his death but a lack of funding for the project forced the building to end and the torsos of the figures were never finished. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt are the four presidents featured on the mountain. Now, more than two million visitors make their way to the monument each year.
What to See
To plan your visit to Mount Rushmore, please check out this website first to see updates and Covid-19-related news that could affect your trip.
Plan Your Vist
There are also surrounding towns and attractions that are well worth a visit. Keystone is the hometown of Mount Rushmore and is full of gift shops, like Iron Creek Leather and Gifts, Halleys 1880 Store, The Rock Shed, and Dakota Leather Outlet. They also have delicious treats available at places like Tinder Box Gourmet Popcorn, Old Fashioned Fudge, Turtle Town, and Rushmore Mountain Taffy Shop. The town is located amid Black Hills National Forest, which means there are endless outdoor activities available to you and your family like ATV rentals to see the Black Hills in style, hiking, swimming, fishing, biking, and even rock climbing!
What about going for a horseback ride? The Stables at Palmer Gulch provides extraordinary experiences for all ages! You can choose to ride for an hour or an hour and a half, and you can meet and pet the friendly horses before your trail ride! You can also take a ride in one of the horse-drawn wagons! The covered wagon takes a max of twenty people to a gorgeous meadow where you are served a steak dinner and entertained by local cowboys and ranchers who sing and play music. This is one experience you and your family will never forget! Check out their website and book online now!
Chuck Wagon Dinner Show
How about seeing some lifesize dinosaurs? You can swing by the Dinosaurs at Dawn Park to see what living in prehistoric times would have been like. This park is small and it doesn’t take long to visit the 7 dino sculptures, so you’ll also have time to check out the Reptile Gardens in Rapid City. This place is truly fun for the whole family! It has a prairie dog town, an alligator feeding pond, a crocodile, giant tortoises, a bald eagle, various birds from around the world, a skydome filled with exotic plants, snakes, pythons, and a restaurant. Don’t miss out on this unique experience that will make for great memories and photos! Reptile Gardens
Where to Eat
Here are a few of the best places to eat near Mount Rushmore.
Murphy’s Pub and Grill
This pub features some delicious menu items such as fried pickles, sausage samplers, blackened salmon salad, mango chicken, Dakota pulled pork, burgers, fish and chips, sweet potato fries, and soup. They also have a beer and wine menu. Be sure to check out this place while you are in town.
How about shaking things up a bit and dining on some Indian food? This bistro features menu items such as meat and vegetarian samosas, Reshmi kabobs, tandoori mushrooms, chicken dishes, curry dishes, and much more. They also have imported beer and wine, as well as authentic Indian ice cream and other desserts! Don’t miss your chance to dine at this bistro!
Feeling a bit fancier? Try the Delmonico Grill. This place has an exceptional atmosphere and friendly staff ready to make your dining experience unforgettable! With starters like bacon-wrapped shrimp, roasted pepper steak tips, and cheese plates, you’ll want to bring your appetite! Their entree menu includes dishes such as a prime rib, pan-seared Scottish salmon, amazing burgers, and several vegetarian options.
Where other Smart Rvers stay…
Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch
This place has everything you could want and more! Some of the amenities include but are not limited to wifi, 50 amp hookups, snack bar, cable tv, swimming pools, hot tubs, bike rentals, and even a shuttle to Mount Rushmore! This KOA is also highly rated by previous customers. Check out some of their testimonials and see more details on this website.
Mount Rushmore KOA at Palmer Gulch
Spokane Creek Cabins and Campground
This park is ideal for families or couples! It has just about everything you could want or need while you’re traveling. Some of the amenities include an outdoor pool, mini-golf, basketball, a playground, volleyball, horseshoes, an RV dump station, a coffee shop, a general store, free wifi, showers, and a laundry facility! You will want to consider staying here when visiting Mount Rushmore!
Spokane Creek Cabins & Campground
Wolf Camp offers plenty of space for all kinds of travelers including RVers! They have showers, a camp office, and shop, a cafe, a dump station, potable water, and free WIFI. The camp is also close to Mount Rushmore. Check out the website to see more details and a contact number.
Always book tickets and RV spots at least two months in advance!
When to Visit
May through October are the months that visitors prefer to visit South Dakota. These are the warmest months of the year for the state and the best times to be outdoors! So plan your road trip to Mount Rushmore, you will not be disappointed!