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National Park Service Facilities Closed, Concession Facilities Open During Government Shutdown

  • Services available include those operated by Xanterra, authorized park concessioner: Parking Facility (fee required), Carver's Marketplace (food, beverages and restrooms) and Gift Shop. Contact Xanterra for operating hours at (605) 574-2515.
  • Sculpture Not Illuminated During Government Shutdown

    The sculpture lights will not be turned on during the duration of the government shutdown.

Wolves, moose and bears, oh my!

There’s all kinds of wildlife in the Black Hills. We have lots of bison, deer and elk. There are populations of bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Coyotes and mountain lions are around, but elusive.

But there are three species — moose, bears and wolves — that you probably won’t see see.

At least not yet.

Honor our veterans on Nov. 11

The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month of 1918. It's the day that World War I came to an end. The following year, Americans celebrated Armistice Day on November 11.

Jefferson's other American contribution

Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, is also credited with bringing the first written ice cream recipe to America.

Here’s another fact: you can get vanilla ice cream at Mount Rushmore National Memorial’s Memorial Team Ice Cream shop that uses the same 1780 recipe. Produced by Pride Dairy for Mount Rushmore, this rich ice cream gets its sweet vanilla flavor from vanilla beans sourced from where Mr. Jefferson would have gotten them in his day.