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Mount Rushmore National Memorial
National Park Service
13000 Highway 244 Building 31 Suite 1 Keystone South Dakota 57751
Building 31, Suite 1
Keystone, SD 57751

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Travis Mason-Bushman
Phone: 605-228-3867

Mount Rushmore National Memorial will reopen for visitors 5:00 a.m. 4-1-21

244 Fire Wildfire
News – 3/31/2021

Mount Rushmore National Memorial News Release
For Immediate Release
Release Date: March 31, 2021
Contact: Maureen McGee-Ballinger,, 605-574-3115

Ready for Visitors

KEYSTONE, S.D. – Mount Rushmore National Memorial will reopen for visitors 5:00 a.m. Thursday morning April 1. State Road 244 east and west entrances will reopen at midnight tonight. Iron Mountain road will remain closed through tomorrow allowing firefighters to continue mop-up operations.

“Fire response in the Black Hills relies on the interagency collaboration and the coordination of Resources by the Great Plains Interagency Dispatch Center in Rapid City,” stated Superintendent Wheatley. “We are grateful to the multiple agencies and firefighters that provided a swift response enabling the reopening of the park. I would like to thank the Incident Commanders Joh Stahl, Matt Spring, Eric Allen, and Brandon Sanchez, for their leadership during this incident and United States Forest Service Agency Administrator Tracy Anderson for her support.”

Responders included firefighters from Black Hills National Forest, Tatanka Hotshots, Custer, Hill City, Lead, Rapid City, Rapid Valley, Spearfish, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Highway Patrol, South Dakota State Wildland Fire, South Dakota National Guard, Campbell County Wyoming, United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service.

Media with questions about the fire, please contact Fire PIO Travis Mason-Bushman at 605-228-3867. For media updates concerning the park opening, please contact Maureen McGee-Ballinger at 605-574-3115.

For information, please visit Mount Rushmore National Memorial’s official website at

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