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1. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

Has anyone been to Mt. Rushmore in December? I'm wondering how much more difficult the roads are to navigate since I imagine it snows quite a bit in South Dakota in mid-December and I'm also wondering if it's even possible to see the presidents due to the snow covering their faces. Thanks for any help!!

2. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 10y

As a matter of fact, I have indeed been to Mt. Rushmore in December with quite a bit of snow on the ground. If anything, it's better. Hardly any tourists, and if the sky is cloudy with snow on the ground, your pictures will turn out great.

That doesn't necessarily mean that there will be snow on the ground. The Black Hills are still pretty far away from the Rockies (elevation isn't really the issue), but be prepared for anything on the plains! The wind can be very nasty in the winter. My advice? Take plenty of blankets and those little emergency aluminum blankets, and look in the hunting/fishing/sports section of a large department store for these little packets filled with a powder that, when shaken and exposed to air cause a chemical reaction that creates heat for 8 to 16 hours. The plains are notorious for having a gorgeous, 60-degree day, followed the next day by negative wind chill factors.

Otherwise, heck, yeah. Rushmore in winter is fabulous!

3. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

Awesome! Thanks very much for the reply. Here's to hoping everyone doesn't back out - we're hoping to get there and back from Louisville, KY in four days. I know that's not nearly enough time to see everything, but it's all I've got.

4. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 10y

Just don't go right now.

Bit messy out just now. Feel free to stop in St. Louis and look us up if you need help!

5. Posted by farleyUL (Full Member 125 posts) 10y

We leave on Wednesday - I can't wait. Going to be a helluva drive to get there and back in 4 days (it's about 20 hours one way). The only thing I've been able to find so far that's a neat little stop-in type place along the way is the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD. Any other recommendations? We'll be traveling across Missouri (through St. Louis and KC) and then we'll follow the Missouri river up to Sioux Falls and head west to Rushmore after that. Always open to suggestions. Thanks!