Rushmore to remain accessible during government shutdown


During the federal government shutdown due to the lapse in appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures, the National Park Service (NPS) said in a release.

Park roads and grounds at Mount Rushmore National Memorial will remain accessible to visitors. However, emergency and rescue services will be limited.

There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. This includes public information, restrooms, trash collection and facilities and road maintenance, including plowing.

Some restaurants and other services may be available when provided by concessioners or other entities.

Services available include those operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts, Inc., authorized park concessioner. They include the parking facility (fee required), Carver’s Marketplace, which provides food, beverages and restrooms and the gift shop.

Contact Xanterra for operating hours at 574-2515.

Due to the federal government shutdown, NPS  social media and websites are not being monitored or updated and may not reflect current conditions, the NPS said in a release.

The NPS also will not be providing services for its operated restrooms.

In addition, the sculpture lights will not be turned on during the duration  of the federal government shutdown.

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