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Presidential Trail

Keystone, SD
+1 605-574-2523
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Great views of Mt. Rushmore Monument

Don't just stop at the grand view terrace. The Presidential trail offers great views. The trail is... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2017
Bharat A

At only one kilometer long, this trail should’ve been a no-brainer my last two visits here but I... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
jesse o
Jackson, Wyoming
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Hiking trail at Mount Rushmore.
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Keystone, SD
Keystone, SD
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Don't just stop at the grand view terrace. The Presidential trail offers great views. The trail is not difficult and can be explored in 30 min.

Thank Bharat A
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

At only one kilometer long, this trail should’ve been a no-brainer my last two visits here but I had never seen it until last June. I recognized it later on the movie “National Treasure: Book of Secrets.” With easy ups and downs between rocks and...More

1  Thank jesse o
Reviewed 30 October 2017

It's part of the whole experience when visiting Mount Rushmore. Don't skip it. Depending on which way you start (left or right), you'll be required to walk up steps but what's a little exercise. There are excellent photo ops along the trail.

2  Thank bjm1271
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

This well-constructed trail is easily walked. It does have a fair amount of steps, but also has plenty of railings and support along the way. There are fantastic views of the four faces to behold on this gorgeous loop, and several places to stop and...More

1  Thank Esther W
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Be sure and take the short walk on the Presidential Trail. Great views of the Memorial and beautiful landscape! Loved it!

1  Thank david b
Reviewed 24 October 2017

The Presidential Trail gets you as up close and personal to those majestic sculptures as Park Service allows! An easy to moderate walk with some elevation gain along with stair climbing, this trail allows you to view the presidents from a myriad of viewing perspectives....More

1  Thank TheSimpleTraveler
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Be sure to take this easy path up to get a closer view of the presidents. There was even a small cave where you can get a peek of them. We even ran into a mountain goat on the path. We only walked up to...More

Thank Joyflnoise
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Great walk! We did the audio tour and learned so much! Their book store inside isn't nearly as big. It had great puzzles though. You can see Mt Rushmore from every angle and quite close up if you take this trail walk.

Thank Tami V
Reviewed 19 October 2017

After you spend time in the main part of Mount Rushmore, be sure to walk along Presidential Trail. It can be a bit strenuous (lots of stairs on one half of the trail) but there really are some very picturesque areas with which to see...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Sure, Mt. Rushmore impresses viewed straight-on from the deck. But take the time for the trail to see different angles, as if each face in turn were looking straight at you. If you start the trail to your left (as you stand on the deck...More

Thank DebbiesOnTheRoad
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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. '
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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