Two miles southwest of Keystone are the colossal 60-foot sculpted heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, one of the largest pieces of sculpture ever undertaken. Created under the direction of Gutzon Borglum between 1927-41, the site memorializes the birth and development of American democracy. Each granite face is carved with attention to detail and expression.
A visitor center and museum near the base provides programs about the history and significance of the Mount Rushmore memorial. Also of interest to visitors is the Sculptors Studio, created under Borglum's direction in 1939, which displays unique plaster models and sculpting tools used in the process. The Presidential Trail provides walking access and a boardwalk with outstanding close-up views of the famous sculpture. No overnight accommodations, campsites or picnic areas are located within the memorial grounds.