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Presidential Trail, Keystone

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Must see · Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
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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  • No spoilers here, but be sure to keep your eyes open for additional adventure along the Presidential Trail. Some maintenance was happening when we were there, so the full trail was not accessible...  more »
  • The Presidential trail loops from the center viewing platform around the base of the Monument back to the platform. For those challenged by the 422 steps on the right side path we recommend taking...  more »
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