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Presidential Trail, Keystone

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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 trail is only .6 mile long BUT there is a LOT of steps I would say unfortunately if wheelchair bound or have a hard time with stairs do not do this trail, there are no ramps. The trail is nice.....  more
    This trail is only .6 mile long BUT there is a LOT of steps I would say unfortunately if wheelchair bound or have a hard time with stairs do not do this trail, there are no ramps. The trail is nice.....  more »
  • While visiting Mount Rushmore I would highly recommend taking a stroll on the Presidential Trail. It is an easy paved path at the base of the monument. Trial runs clockwise from the Avenue of Flag... 
    While visiting Mount Rushmore I would highly recommend taking a stroll on the Presidential Trail. It is an easy paved path at the base of the monument. Trial runs clockwise from the Avenue of Flag...  more »

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