Mount Rushmore is a sculpted mountain, bearing the heads of United States Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Lincoln, carved 60-70 feet high into its granite. It is the largest such sculpture in existence, and took fourteen years to complete. Finally finished in 1941, today it draws large crowds of tourists, and is off limits to hikers and climbers, a restriction which is strictly enforced. Mount Rushmore is the best known landmark in the vast Black Hills National Forest, which covers over 1.2 million acres in western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming. The park includes plenty of hiking, climbing, and caving opportunities, and is home to Harney Peak (7,242 ft.), the highest point in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains. The forest's boundaries also encompass Devils Tower (5,117 ft.).
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Rapid City, South Dakota|
|Convenient Center:||Rapid City, South Dakota|
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
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