Presidential Trail at Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, is a short trail that leads past the portraits of the founding fathers, graved in stone.
Whoever wants to see the founding fathers of the United States from up close, should visit the Presidential Trail at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The trail is easily accesible and offers breathtaking views of the enormous stone-portraits up above. There is also a museum, a shop, and a large amphitheater at the site.
Our short hike on the Presidential Trail starts at the parking lot. From there we walk towards the large entrance porch, through the reception building and to the amphitheater where we turn to the right. Via some stairs we reach the trailhead of the Presidential trail, a paved and easily accessible trail through sparse pine forests. We head for Grand View Terrace, where we enjoy a wonderful view over the presidential heads, and then - via 250 steps - to the so-called Scultor's studio. This small museum building displays worker tools related to the sculpting processes as well as plaster models. Along the entire path, blue info-signs give us information on the presidents above us (Roosevelt, Jefferson, Washington, Lincoln). After half an hour we reach the amphitheater again and a little later we are back at the main building with its coffee shop and the museum.
Coming down from Rapid City on US16, switch to US16A for Keystone and turn on South Dakota Highway 244 to get directly to Mount Rushmore National Memorial.