If you’re visiting Mount Rushmore, it’s likely that you want to see the sculptures of four American presidents—Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. While they are definitely worth seeing, there are many other things you can do to enjoy your trip to this historic site as well. Here are just a few top things to do at Mount Rushmore besides seeing the sculptures! [note: here are just a few top things to do]
Go on a Hike
Bring your hiking clothes if you enjoy being in the great outdoors when you visit Mount Rushmore. Before trying out the paths to Sculptor’s Studio and Borglum View Terrace, you may warm up with Presidential Trail and get a close-up view of the sculptures. Make sure to check out Point Lookout, which is the highest point on Mount Rushmore and offers spectacular views. To round off your adventure, try some old fashioned snow shoeing on Hunter Creek Trail (only accessible from December 1st through March 31st).
Check Out Sculptor’s Studio
Gutzon Borglum utilised the Sculptor’s Studio as his on-site studio when he was creating Mount Rushmore. You may view the original plaster scale model for the monuments, as well as various artefacts from the time period, and discover more about Borglum and how the sculptures were carved. Learn More About the President’s: Learn more about the presidents who’s faces are carved into the mountain. Each president has a self-guided audio tour explaining their life story and contributions to American history
Camp at Horsethief Lake
Why not stay put and take advantage of other things to do while you are already there? The National Forest Service-run Horsethief Lake campsite is a short distance from the monument. Everything you want for a fantastic camping trip can be found here, and you’ll also have a base for other activities like fishing, rock climbing, and mountain biking. You could even climb the mountains with your family if you’re so inclined. You can rent rowboats on Horsethief Lake or hike around its 1.8 miles worth of shoreline trails which offers some good views of Mount Rushmore in between trees and rocks.