Rapid City
Mount Rushmore Experience with Train Ride

Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary

Rapid City, USA
  • 8 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


There's far more to the Black Hills than the faces on famous Mt. Rushmore, and this full-day tour is the best way to get out and experience it all. Explore the neighboring Crazy Horse Memorial before venturing out through Custer State Park for sightings of native wildlife. Throughout the tour, learn about the area's wealth of history and stories, and soak up beautiful mountain scenery you'd never expect of South Dakota.
  • Enjoy a narrated tour of famous Mt. Rushmore
  • See stunning Black Hills scenery
  • Visit Custer State Park and encounter wildlife
  • All entrance fees, and round-trip transfers included

What's Included

  • Hotel pick-up & drop at 7 Rapid City locations & 1 Keystone location
  • Driver with English live commentary in tour vehicle with 11 to 40 seats (Sprinter Van or Motorcoach)
  • Parking Fees
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch, snacks or drinks
  • Bus to Base at Crazy Horse (this is an elective side option, pay on own)

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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Start time

07:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

For those in the area of Keystone, SD: We will meet in the parking lot of the Rushmore Borglum Historical Center, 342 Winter Street between 8:20-8:40 AM.

What To Expect

Crazy Horse Memorial

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Custer State Park

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Iron Mountain Road

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Mount Rushmore National Memorial

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Black Hills National Forest (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Hotel pickup will commence approximately 45-60 minutes prior to the start time of the tour, see voucher for more details
  • Service animals allowed
  • The product is seasonal due to unpredictable weather condition from September to early May
  • Typical elevations are between 3200 ft to 4400 ft.
  • **Please list lodging location~we will respond with closest (8 locations) meeting point.
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What time can I expect to be picked up for the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?

A:Depending on location, pickups typically range between 7 am and 8 am for Rapid City hotels. Be sure to call the phone number on your ticket at least 48 hours prior to your departure to confirm exact pickup details.

May 2021

Q:Can I participate in the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary if I am not staying in a hotel?

A:Yes - The tour departs from 540 Deadwood Ave., Suite 211, Rapid City, SD 57702 at 6:40 am. Be sure to call the phone number on your ticket at least 48 hours prior to your departure to confirm exact pickup details.

May 2021

Q:Are there restrooms on the bus during the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?

A:Yes, and the tour makes several stops throughout the day to locations with restrooms as well.

May 2021

Q:Will we have time for lunch during the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?

A:Yes - Lunch is not included in the tour, however, there will be a lunch break scheduled in Custer, SD.

May 2021

Q:What should I wear on the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?

A:Dress for the weather. Bring a light jacket, as it can be cooler in the hills.

May 2021

Q:How strenuous is the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?

A:There is a light amount of walking required on this tour. There are a few more moderate paths that you may choose to walk, but these are optional.

May 2021

Q:What type of transportation is used for the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?

A:This tour is conducted in a 47 seater Motorcoach.

May 2021

Q:Are there any restrictions to participate in the Mount Rushmore and Black Hills Bus Tour with Live Commentary?

A:All guests must be able to board and exit the bus and may use assistance from others in their party.

May 2021

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515 reviews
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Disaster tour NO SHOW
lbordo1356, Jun 2023
My experience with Viator tour was a disaster. Their tour never happened. I booked another tour locally and it was GREAT. Viator tours sent me a couple of text from telling me how to download my tickets for the tour. So I assumed everything was a go. So I got my tickets but then the morning of the tour we waited outside of your hotel for the bus to pick us up. No bus when I finally got a correct telephone number to call the tour group said they are not running any tours this summer and the tour group keeps telling Viator Tours but they keep taking people's money. Hopefully I will get a refund soon. I did end up getting on a tour from a local tour and it was wonderful . Please wait till you arrive and book your tour locally.
When I first saw Mt...
Cynthia_A, Sep 2022
When I first saw Mt Rushmore in real life. The majesty of it looming high on that mountain It was a dream come true
Response from Host, Oct 2022
All true, thank you so much for coming to the Black Hills!
Relaxing, educational and a variety of historical sites.
Steve_O, Sep 2022
Our driver Bruce was excellent. His commentary made the trip very educational and enjoyable. His driving skills on narrow winding roads was truly impressive. He was friendly and funny. Thanks Bruce!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Bruce and Dakota Tours! Perhaps we will see you again sometime!
The guide made the bus portion very enjoyable!
Jenny_P, Sep 2022
The guide was very informative and knowledgeable of the various historical and current facts of the subject matter. It was also apparent that he enjoys people and sharing his knowlege of not only the tour sites, but the local and regional culture.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
For sure, our two driver's do enjoy this area and taking that beautiful drive into the Black Hills with you. Thank you!
Worth the effort to book the trip
Chris_F, Sep 2022
Bruce was a great guide. He helped us all experience the trip to Mt Rushmore the Crazy Horse Memorial and Iron Mountain with no worries and great background information.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Bruce can certainly take good care of all that visit our beautiful Black Hills. Experience and a truly kind person, he makes your day a joy. Thank you!
Bruce was an excellent...
Stacey_P, Sep 2022
Bruce was an excellent driver. He definitely made the ride for us. Loved the commentary. Learned a lot
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much for your excellent review of Bruce and our Mount Rushmore & More Tour!
Bruce was assume . Nothing fake about this.
donrice7, Aug 2022
Bruce our driver was excellent. The bus was another story. 1. Overhead air adjustment missing. 2,Right overhead speakers worked maybe 15 % of the time. Cutting in and out. 3. Very Annoying 4. No leg room, cramped.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for your kind words about Bruce, he is an excellent driver and tour guide. On the motorcoach, true it is on the smaller side, but that is needed in order to enjoy beautiful Iron Mountain Road with the narrow tunnels.
Bruce our driver was so...
Carlene_M, Aug 2022
Bruce our driver was so friendly and knowledgeable. We all enjoyed him so much. The itinerary was great and interesting. Learned lots of interesting facts of history. Just loved seeing Mt. Rushmore- it was amazing as well as Crazy Horse work of art and background.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
We thank you for choosing Dakota Tours Mount Rushmore & More Tour and traveling with Bruce on your tour day!
First Rate Experience
Steve_C, Aug 2022
The bus driver was very knowledgeable and humorous in giving us information of the history, routes, and construction of Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monuments, as well as the Norbeck Highway into Custer and the Needles Highway.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for your review of our Mount Rushmore and More Tour with Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park with Iron Mountain Road, we really love hearing from you!
A must do!
Bernard_H, Aug 2022
The narration of the tour by Bruce was outstanding. His driving of the bus on those narrow hills was very impressive.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you!!
Amazing way to Tour the Black Hills
Corey_B, Aug 2022
After being in South Dakota (Rapid City) for two days and driving since deplaining to explore various sights, including a 2.5 hour trip to North Dakota, it was a pleasure to sit back and relax on this AMAZINGLY commentated tour. Bruce was a human library of knowledge when it comes to South Dakota, the Black Hills, and everything in between! Let's not forget his OUTSTANDING driving skills while navigating us throughout the winding roads with narrow, one-way tunnels, several switchbacks, and the looped bridges of Iron Mountain, with a calmness that only comes with repetition. I will definitely recommend this trip to anyone visiting Rapid City or a nearby place that is interested in seeing Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, having lunch in the quaint town of Custer, Custer State park, and Iron Mountain all in one day without feeling rushed!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you so much! True, Bruce has been doing this for a few years, but like myself, we truly love the Black Hills. Your review gave a lot of detail with all true statements, and we really appreciate it!
To of ten places must see.
Serhiy_C, Aug 2022
Beautiful scenery, amazing memorable places. Marisa is great and very knowledgeable guide. Thank you for trip.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thank you for your beautiful words about our Black Hills area and kind comments on Marcia as your Dakota driver/guide, we appreciate it!
Black Hills experience
Stephen_Y, Jul 2022
The best part of the tour was Mount Rushmore and also our great guide and driver Bruce. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. We were very disappointed with the Crazy Horse memorial because we expected it to be further along in its progress and also the poor viewing angle.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Glad to hear from you and appreciate your rave review of Dakota Tour driver/guide Bruce. Mount Rushmore is certainly something to see in your lifetime. Crazy Horse, it is progressing at a slower pace since it is privately funded, but one day it will be done. Thank you for coming to Black Hills!
Summer trip
Alicia_H, Jul 2022
The whole tour. Neil ,the guide was very informative. He recommended baker’s cafe. Excellent service & food.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Wonderful to hear from you and your review of Dakota Bus ~ Mount Rushmore & More Tour. Good to hear that you enjoyed your day and that a small Custer restaurant took good care of you as well. Thank you!
Excellent Experience
Kerrin_B, Jul 2022
Neal was an excellent tour guide. He had a very positive attitude and provided a wealth of accurate historical information as well as tips at each site. He was clear about when everyone needed to reboard and where he would meet us, and it was great to have someone else maneuvering around those switchbacks and pig tail turns.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for the "Excellent Experience" review! Neal certainly does love the Black Hills. We appreciate you so much!
Thanks much Dakota Travel
Nannette_S, Jul 2022
All of the above. We especially liked the Iron Mountain Dr. Great tour compliments to Neal. Chuck and Nann Stoflet
Response from Host, Jul 2022
We thank you for your wonderful review!
Outstanding tour
Darla_H, Jul 2022
Neil did a wonderful job of history in the area and pointing out sites while driving. Recommend this as an alternative to driving so you have the ability to enjoy the sites of the national forests and parks.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
We appreciate your "outstanding tour" review and your kind words for Neal. Thank you!
Fabulous day in the Black Hills
Evon_B, Jul 2022
The whole day was a wonderful experience. Our driver Neil was great and shared information the whole way. Mt Rushmore was awesome and we liked the hiking trail for a closer view. Crazy Horse was an unexpected treat- with lots of background information shared by our bus driver. This bus tour is the way to go! All the highlights - we just sat back and enjoyed.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
True, it is nice to sit back and relax and let Neal and Dakota Tours take care of you. Thank you for your review!
Neal is extraordinary!
Michele_B, Jul 2022
Neal was an extraordinary tour guide. Extremely professional and relatable - he is expert in his direction of the tour and managed a full bus of diverse people with care and attention. He was extraordinary?
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Oh, thank you for your extraordinary review of Neal and Dakota Tours! We appreciate it!
Great tour of the Black Hills area.
Stacie_C, Jul 2022
This bus tour was very informative. Mount Rushmore is amazing. The Crazy Horse memorial was very interesting. I would recommend taking the extra bus ride that is available at Crazy Horse I learned a lot from that tour guide. The drive in Iron Mountain rose was unforgettable. Our tour guide had a lot of fun information about the surrounding area.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thank you for your review of the Mount Rushmore & More Tour with Dakota Tours! Nice to hear how your day went and how our driver/guide took care of you. I am also a big fan of Iron Mountain Road, always a beautiful drive.