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 and other Keystone attractions into our Keystone trip builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This is an nice walk there are some stairs . Great opportunity for pictures and we saw chipmunks eating wild strawberries. The rocks are very shiny in this area very cool.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Wonderful trail that gets you very up close to the monument. You basically go right under it and can see up their nostrils! It can be a bit strenuous at times, so keep that in mind if you tire easily....  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Great trail that gets you up close and some great pictures. There are some quite a few stairs, but we took our time and had no problem.  more »

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As a resort town, Keystone has far more guest beds than residents, and you have your choice of lodging type. Stay right in town in simple, clean hotels and motels, or opt for lodges, cabins, and bed and breakfasts that take advantage of the natural beauty of the Black Hills surrounding Keystone. You'll find a few campgrounds and RV parks in the area. A handful of restaurants reside inside the town, so choose accommodation in Keystone if you want easy access to a wider array of dining options.
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