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Presidential Trail

Keystone, SD
+1 605-574-2523
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If you can, take the hike!

Our teenagers and grandfather loved this! It's a great way to make the most of your Rushmore... read more

Reviewed yesterday
New Sharon, Iowa
Do the trail!

First time walking the trail and it was great! Very nice views, some steps, but nothing outrageous... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Elgin, Illinois
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Hiking trail at Mount Rushmore.
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  • Average3%
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“nice walk” (59 reviews)
Keystone, SD
+1 605-574-2523
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Reviewed yesterday

Our teenagers and grandfather loved this! It's a great way to make the most of your Rushmore experience.

Thank mailmom50207
Reviewed 2 days ago

First time walking the trail and it was great! Very nice views, some steps, but nothing outrageous. Take the 15-20 mins and check it out!

Thank jmees91
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Has some stairs, otherwise easy for anyone. More a pathway than a trail. Good closeup views and historical info and artifacts. Saw a mountain goat at base of carving adding to experience.

Thank pabrandon
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you want a full Mount Rushmore experience, walk the Presidential trail. Alrhough it is only 1/4 mile, portions are strenuous, as there are 250 stairs down, leading to the sculptor's studio. The purpose of the trail is to go visitors a chance to look...More

Thank VanEsq12
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The monument is pretty impressive itself, but do the walk around it!! It is amazing. Some of the steps are a little rough. Do the portion of the trail with the ramp last. Your legs will thank you.

Thank Beth B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a nice trail and a good spot to view the hills and Rushmore. We took the easier side since it is a loop. I'm glad we did because there are a lot of steps. The kids liked it and so did we. At...More

Thank graceison
Reviewed 6 days ago

If you do decide to go to Mt Rushmore, you have to do the trail. Not much more to do there and you do get a little better view of the sculpture. There are a lot of steps but if you are in any shape...More

Thank rex m
Reviewed 6 days ago

It looked to be fun. Why not climb this hill? However, it was way more that I could handle. Too many pebbles and the hill was a bit too steep. Still, we were closer for a better picture of Mount Rushmore. It was fun, even...More

Thank Robby G C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great addition to the visit we had to Mt. Rushmore! There are a lot of steps so keep that in mind before starting!

Thank pastparticiple
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family loved the Presidential Trail so much that my 7-year-old twins insisted we do it twice! They pretended to be taking pictures from every angle. If you can handle stairs, you should definitely do the trail! It enhances your view a bunch! Note: There...More

Thank BethB02
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Tom J
When was the presidential trail,opened?
10 June 2017|
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Response from Wendy W | Reviewed this property |
I was there in October. It was open then
Margaret M
Basically, On average, how long does it take to complete trail.
14 May 2017|
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Response from Betty E | Reviewed this property |
You can buzz through it quickly in 1/2hr or enjoy and read captions and see more special views taking 1 to 1-1/2 hr. '
Clockwise or COUNTER clockwise? Most of the other comments state counter. Also, if you send up where you start, wouldn't it all be the same? Thanks.
3 April 2017|
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Response from William O | Reviewed this property |
Depends on your stamina. I recommend clockwise, but either way works fine. My reasoning is that clockwise takes you to the close in viewing points sooner. And sometimes you will see mountain goats along that section of... More