Presidential Trail, Keystone

4.7
#1 of 16 in Trails in South Dakota
For an expansive view of the faces on Mt. Rushmore, set out on Presidential Trail, a short walk that will take you to the base of the mountain. The trail is an easy-to-moderate, 800 m (0.5 mi) boardwalk track with signs along the way that offer information about presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. An information hut features material about Danish-American sculptor Gutzon Borglum and his son, who sculpted the 18 m (60 ft) heads of the presidents between 1927 and 1941. As you stroll along the boardwalk, you will get views of presidents from a number of angles. In addition to looking up, be sure to take some time to look all around for a glimpse of some local wildlife. Put Presidential Trail at the forefront of your travel plans using our Keystone road trip planning site.
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  • This was my favorite part of my time at Mt. Rushmore. The trail is about a mile, lots of stairs but plenty of places to rest and great photo ops of multiple angles of the monument. Definitely take.....  more »
  • Really nice trail. The only mistake we made is we took our stroller. It was a lightweight stroller so it wasnt too bad. We still enjoyed the walk around the trail. Lots of great spots to take...  more »

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