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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  • As senior citizens found it harder than some revers stated, however it was the best way to get close to the presidents.  more »
  • This trail offers you an up close and much more personal visit of Mt Rushmore. The trail/walkway is not very stressful with plenty of room to accommodate lots of traffic. It is also ADA compliant. Par...  more »
  • We did the trail walk which goes down close to the base of the mountain. It ordinarily takes about 35 minutes to do, but half of it was closed to do refurbishment. Also the sculptors studio is on the ...  more »
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