Presidential Trail, Mt Rushmore

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Presidential Trail, Mt Rushmore is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Keystone, South Dakota that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 0.5 miles Elevation Gain: 108 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

walking

paved

views

wildlife

historic site

no dogs

As of 5/28/19, hikers report that half of the trail is closed due to weather/trail conditions.

Trail was partially closed. Otherwise loved it.

hiking
5 days ago

Under construction but worth the steps to see the Presidents up close.

hiking
7 days ago

I enjoyed the trail, however I would consider it more easy with just steps. The trail was partly closed off due to construction when we were there today. Beautiful views and very crowded trail!

hiking
9 days ago

Not really a hike. Nice paved path with lots of steps. You get different view points and angles along this path. Informational boards with facts about each president.

hiking
9 days ago

Don’t know if you could really call this a hike :). But it’s a beautiful walk with a number of stairs on one end and different views of the faces. I know they are doing construction right now so check their website if you only want to go when you can do the whole loop.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice little hike with kids. Beautiful view up close of the 4 presidents.

hiking
14 days ago

Definitely worth doing BUT the second half of the hike is not easy. There are a couple hundred steps down, followed by the same amount back up. If you want a flat hike just go out halfway and come back.

hiking
28 days ago

Easy trail with plenty of stopa for photos and rest. There is an off trail section you can climb to see an overlook of the park but, requires a little climbing up some boulders.

hiking
29 days ago

Great trail. Love this area! Free parking for active military. Easy trail, lots of stairs. My pregant wife (4 months along) and 3 year old son completed it with no issues.

This trail has cool views of the Presidents. It’s an easy stroll for the reasonably fit. The stairs made the less fit in our group breath hard but there were plenty of places to stop for a breather.

hiking
1 month ago

If you’re looking for a less stair-heavy walk, start the loop after you’re already up in the amphitheater (trail to the left) and most of the stairs you’ll take will be down rather than up! Good views, less crowded than the main viewing areas.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walk, paved. I've been coming to Mt. Rushmore for over 40 years, this trail is new to me, it's WAY closer to the monument then you ever used to be able to get, very neat!

Easy stroll that takes you as close as you can get to the faces on the mountain. It's paved and has easy wooden stairs to get you from one level to the next. It's really more of a nature path than a hiking trail.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail is concrete and mfg wood with steps that are easy to manage... the audio tour has stops along the way and gives you advantages to see the sculpture up close and personal. The end of the trail are stone steps stairs that lead back to the top viewing area.

1 month ago

Very civilized, easy and very few people on it

hiking
closed
1 month ago

Heavy traffic but there was still some snow on the trail and scattered around the trail. Half of the trail was closed (I assume because of the snow) but even half was still beautiful!

2 months ago

Easy. Cool view below the sculpture.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is a nice addition to the park since my last visit in the early eighties. Try to catch a walk with a Ranger for some interesting facts about the monument.

9 months ago

This was a nice trail at the foothills of Mt Rushmore. Too bad half of the trail was closed for reno (closed until spring 2019). Grateful to have a ranger Dot take us on a quick guided tour of the trail to point out numerous facts about the mountain.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy paved trail with views of Rushmore, gets you away from the crowds. This place was kind of strange.

10 months ago

Easy paved trail. Great views of the monument. Partially closed for renovations.

walking
11 months ago

Majestic view of the Presidents. Easy and paved with a few stairs and wooden decking. Unfortunately at time of my visit part of the loop was under renovations. August 8, 2018

11 months ago

It’s a simple trail at Mt. Rushmore, more of a walking path to see different angles of the faces. Very busy but still really cool to see.

11 months ago

Easy walk to take in views at Rushmore.

walking
11 months ago

Easy, paved, very accessible. Partially closed when I went, so I was unable to complete it.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Closed

hiking
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Great site. HIke is a simple walk to the base of the monuments.

hiking
Thursday, July 05, 2018

This is a nicely maintained trail. I wish I could have seen all of it.

walking
Friday, June 15, 2018

The view is definitely worth the extra walk!

hiking
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Some closure to the trail which surprised us. Not our first trip to Rushmore so we were ok missing some of it. if you are standing at the viewing area and go to the south, the trail is concrete and will take you around to the closeups of the mountain with just a few stairs at the end. If initially you go towards the sculptures museum you'll climb about 200 boardwalk stairs to make it to the viewing areas. The pines along the trail are beautiful and you are so close you always have a view of the carving. if you have kids and need to wear them out, take the stairs :) they'll love it as well.

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