The History of Rushmore Tramway Adventures
50 years of operation; 15 years of renewed renovation!
In 1965, the Rushmore Aerial Tramway opened to the public. Situated about
two miles west of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, each of the sixteen,
two-person gondolas offered visitors a remarkable, aerial view of this
cherished, national treasure. When guests disembarked at the summit, they
were treated to even more spectacular and rarely-seen views.
The original mountain-top park consisted of viewing decks and walking trails,
along with waterfalls and flower beds that were crafted out of the mountaintop's
Fifty years later, these pristine elements remain the foundation of our
Mount Rushmore attractions—but there is now so much more to enjoy!
New ownership and all new attractions!
In 1999, Rushmore Aerial Tramway was purchased by new owners and Rushmore
Tramway Adventures was born! A variety of changes took place:
- The first additions to the summit were a restaurant and restrooms—giving
visitors the opportunity to prolong their stay at the top with food and drink.
- Shortly thereafter, the alpine slide was added. Getting down the mountain
had never been so much fun!
- The original gondolas were replaced with a modern chairlift of 36 continuously-moving chairs.
- We offer sparkling mica-strewn pathways, along with all-new and ever-expanding
- In 2013, another treat for sight-seeing, thrill-seekers was added to the
Rushmore Tramway Adventures lineup—a brand-new zipline.
Our mountaintop park has always offered unparalleled, birds-eye views of
historic Keystone, SD and the surrounding region, but there have
never been so many ways to enjoy the mountain or supplement your visit
to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial!
Call us at (605) 666-4478 to learn more. Better yet, come see us in person!