Are you wondering where to stay for visiting Mt Rushmore and what are the best Mount Rushmore hotels? This accommodation guide is for you!
If you have done some research for Mt Rushmore hotels or cabins, you probably already know that there is no overnight accommodation available at the monument itself. However, there are plenty of nice hotels, lodges, and cabins located nearby, giving you easy access not just to Mount Rushmore National Monument, but also to other places of interest in the Black Hills.
But what are the best places to stay near Mount Rushmore? I’ll save you the time for research – the closest town to stay near Mt Rushmore is Keystone, SD. If you don’t mind driving just a little bit further, then consider Hill City or Custer – both excellent options for a longer stay visiting Mt Rushmore as well as the Black Hills.
In this article, I’ll mostly focus on the best accommodation options in Keystone, Hill City, and Custer. If you rather stay in a big city close to the airport and make a day tour to Mount Rushmore, then Rapid City is the best option for you. In that case, you can find the best deals for Rapid City hotels here.
Best hotels near Mount Rushmore
With a big variety of accommodation in the area, finding the right hotel to suit the needs of your group isn’t always easy. Not to mention that it takes a lot of time to research… The good news is that I’ve done the research for you. This Mount Rushmore accommodation guide is intended to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Whether you are looking for the best price-quality hotel for your trip, budget accommodation or a luxury resort for a family vacation near Mt Rushmore, in this selection, you should be able to find the very best Mount Rushmore accommodation for your trip, travel style, group size, and budget. Find out!
Please note that this selection of the best Mount Rushmore hotels is made based on customer reviews on various websites, location, and facilities of accommodations, as well as the price and the ease of booking. This post is not sponsored and all opinions are solely my own and are meant to save you time and make your vacation planning easier. At no extra cost to you, we make a small commission if you book accommodation using the links in this post.
There is just one drawback when planning to stay near Mt Rushmore. There aren’t many really nice, luxury lodging options in this part of the Black Hills. There are, however, plenty of really nice, excellent-value 2-3 star accommodations near Mount Rushmore. So it’s a perfect area to stay for everyone who’s looking for a nice family vacation at affordable prices.
TIP: Mount Rushmore National Monument is extremely popular in the summer months, so if you are traveling between June and August, make sure to book your Mount Rushmore lodging well in advance.
Mt Rushmore Hotels - overview:
Keystone SD hotels – closest to Mount Rushmore
As already mentioned, the closest town to stay near Mount Rushmore is Keystone, South Dakota. It’s located just 3 miles and less than 10 minutes drive from Mt Rushmore. Therefore, it doesn’t really matter that much where exactly you are staying in town.
Whether you are only visiting Mt Rushmore National Memorial, or are staying in the Black Hills for a few days, Keystone is a very good home-base, right in the center of the Black Hills region.
It’s a small town but has a lot more to offer than you’d think at first sight. With a big choice of restaurants, interesting shops, and a big variety of family-friendly activities, Keystone is one of those little American towns that make your vacation more memorable.
Below, you can find a selection of the best-rated hotels in Keystone that customers rave about. Take a look!
- K Bar S Lodge, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member. This hotel featuring queen-rooms for up to 4 people, has the best customer reviews in town. People especially like its parklike setting in nature and the very cozy common areas. Great price-quality ratio.
- Ramada by Wyndham. Renovated in 2018, this is one of the premier hotels in Keystone SD. With a swimming pool and big rooms for up to 5 people, it’s an excellent choice for families as well.
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Keystone is one of the most popular hotels in Keystone, SD. An indoor pool and American breakfast included.
- Baymont by Wyndham. This is one of the better hotels in Keystone SD. With rooms for up to 5 people, an indoor pool, and a hot tub, this is a popular choice for a vacation in the Black Hills.
- Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore. One of the closest hotels to Mt Rushmore. Excellent reviews and a great price-quality ratio. Perfect for a short stay in the area.
- Quality Inn Keystone is one of the best budget accommodations in Keystone, especially good value if you are staying with a family of 4.
- Rushmore Express & Suites is also worth mentioning. Good simple hotel with big family suites for up to 6 people, and good customer reviews.
- Battle Creek Lodge. Simple, good value accommodation in Keystone SD.
- Under Canvas Mount Rushmore isn’t a hotel, but it has much better ratings than most Keystone SD hotels, so I think it deserves a mention. It’s a glamping accommodation where you sleep in luxury tents (some have private bathrooms), and it has a really nice location in the forest.
Hill City hotels
Hill City, SD is the second-closest town to Mount Rushmore. The town itself is about 12 miles, 25 minutes driving distance from the National Monument. However, some Hill City hotels are quite far from the town itself, so even closer to Mt Rushmore.
Hill City is the oldest existing city in Pennington County, SD and probably best-known for the Old West Shootout, 1880 Train that runs between Hill City and Keystone.
Just as Keystone, Hill City is a small town that comes to life in the summer season. There are several good accommodation options, and also some restaurants and shops. It’s also very well located for visiting Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and other popular areas in the region.
Below is my selection of the best-rated Hill City hotels. Accommodation choice is very similar to what you find in Keystone, but for some reason, Hill City hotels seem to have higher customer ratings than comparable Keystone hotels. A quick comparison also shows that you get more for your money if staying in Hill City.
- Lodge at Palmer Gulch is located just 6,5 miles and 15 min drive from Mt Rushmore. It’s probably one of the best hotels for a longer vacation in the area. With big family rooms for up to 12 people, a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool with slides, hot tub, children’s playground, and a barbecue, this is a very good value accommodation for a longer stay near Mount Rushmore.
- Comfort Inn & Suites Near Mt. Rushmore. With a customer rating of 9.4, free breakfast, and well-equipped rooms and suites for up to 6 people, this is one of the top choices among Hill City hotels.
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites. Simple good-quality 3-star hotel with an indoor pool and complimentary breakfast. Probably the best price/quality hotel in Hill City.
- Best Western Golden Spike Inn & Suites. Located in the town center close to all amenities and featuring indoor and outdoor swimming pools, comfortable rooms for 2, 4, 5, 6, or even 8 people.
- Quality Inn Near Mount Rushmore. Within walking distance to shops and restaurants in Hill City, this hotel has an indoor pool, a hot tub, and big well-equipped rooms for up to 6 people. Breakfast is included.
- Whispering Winds Cottages & Campsites. Located 5 miles outside the town of Hill City and 10 miles from Mt Rushmore, this simple accommodation has great customer reviews. Rooms and cottages for up to 6 people at unbeatable prices.
Located 20 miles (30 min drive) from Mt Rushmore, Custer is not as close to the Mt Rushmore National Monument as Keystone or Hill City. However, it’s very well located for Custer State Park, Crazy Horse Memorial, Jewel Cave National Monument, and Wind Cave National Park.
This charming mountain town is a bit bigger than Keystone or Hill City, but it’s also a place that comes to life in high season. With a big choice of outdoor activities, Custer calls itself a ‘playground for all adventure seekers’.
There are several nice dining options, a couple of nice hotels, as well as several motels in Custer. However, lodging prices seem to be higher in Custer than in the other two towns near Mount Rushmore. Below, you can find our selection of the best-rated Custer hotels.
- Bavarian Inn. This cozy motel with an indoor pool and fantastic customer reviews looks like the very best price/quality accommodation in Custer.
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Custer. One of the more luxurious Custer hotels, this is a great option for those looking for a bit more comfort. Beautiful spacious rooms, indoor pool, fitness, and complimentary breakfast.
- Rock Crest Lodge & Cabins. Beautiful accommodation with big rooms with all the amenities and for all group sizes.
- Comfort Inn & Suites. Simple hotel with an indoor pool, all amenities, big rooms for up to 6 people, and great customer reviews.
- Best Western Buffalo Ridge Inn. This 3-star hotel with an indoor pool and big family rooms looks very comparable to the Comfort Inn, but the room rates are somewhat lower. One of the cheaper decent hotels in Custer.
- Super 8 by Wyndham Custer. Good chain motel with big rooms, indoor pool, and complimentary breakfast.
- Black Hills Mile Hi Motel, Rocket Motel, and Chief Motel all offer good simple accommodations and have excellent customer reviews.
Family accommodations and cabins near Mt Rushmore
Big families or groups of friends will have no difficulties finding affordable quality lodging near Mount Rushmore. The choice is really big, with accommodations ranging from simple cabins and 3-star hotels to luxury lodges.
You can easily find rooms and cabins for a family of 6 or 8, and there are quite a few accommodations that offer apartments and cabins for up to 10-12 or even 14 people.
Keep in mind that some Mt Rushmore cabins have a minimum stay requirement, which can vary from 3 to 5 nights or even longer, depending on the season.
Below, you can find a selection of the best-rated and excellent price/quality accommodations with big family rooms and cabins near Mount Rushmore.
- Lodge at Palmer Gulch in Hill City has family rooms for up to 12 people, excellent location, and great facilities. One of my top picks for family hotels in Mount Rushmore.
- Rock Crest Lodge & Cabins in Custer. Very cozy accommodation with beautiful cottages and suites for up to 10 people. Complimentary breakfast included.
- Whispering Winds Cottages & Campsites near Hill City. Great reviews and good value accommodation for up to 6 people.
- Black Hills Cabins & Motel at Quail’s Crossing near Hill City and 20 minutes drive from Mount Rushmore. Budget cabins for big groups of up to 14 people. Outdoor pool available.
- Svenmar Nightly Rentals is a highly-rated 3-bedroom house, located in the countryside a few miles outside of Keystone. It can accommodate up to 8 people and is a perfect choice for a big family or group of friends.
- Best Western Golden Spike Inn & Suites in Hill City has excellent facilities, including outdoor and indoor swimming pools, and big family rooms for 4, 5, 6, or 8 people.
- Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore in Keystone has big family rooms for up to 6 people and a swimming pool – perfect for families with kids.
- Rushmore Express & Suites. This hotel in Keystone SD has family suites for up to 6 people. It also has an indoor pool.
- Rockerville Lodge & Cabins is one of the cheapest Mt Rushmore accommodations, offering budget family rooms and bungalows for up to 6 people.
- Trails End Cabins & Motel in Hill City. Motel-style rooms and apartments for up to 8 people.
- Quality Inn Near Mount Rushmore in Hill City has excellent reviews, an indoor pool, and very spacious rooms for 6.
- Restmore Inn & Cabin Rentals near Hill City. Surrounded by nature, this accommodation offers cozy rooms and cottages for up to 7 people and a kids’ playground.
- Comfort Inn & Suites and Best Western Buffalo Ridge Inn – very comparable hotels in Custer SD, both with an indoor pool and family rooms for up to 6 people.
- Beaver Creek Cabin. Beautiful lodge close to Wind Cave NP, 30 min drive from Custer State Park, and almost an hour drive from Mount Rushmore. 4 bedrooms can accommodate 14 people. Minimum stay applies.
Mount Rushmore hotels with an indoor pool
There are lots of hotels in the Mt Rushmore area that have swimming pools. Here I selected the ones that have indoor pools – perfect for if the weather is less good.
- Baymont by Wyndham in Keystone SD
- Roosevelt Inn Mount Rushmore in Keystone SD
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites Keystone in Keystone SD
- Rushmore Express & Suites in Keystone SD
- Quality Inn Keystone in Keystone SD
- Best Western Golden Spike Inn & Suites in Hill City SD
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Hill City SD
- Quality Inn Near Mount Rushmore in Hill City SD
- Bavarian Inn in Custer SD
- Comfort Inn & Suites in Custer SD
- Best Western Buffalo Ridge Inn in Custer SD
- Super 8 by Wyndham in Custer SD
Cheap hotels near Mount Rushmore
I find that most hotels near Mount Rushmore are really quite affordable, but if you are traveling on a budget and are looking for the best cheap hotels near Mt Rushmore, take a look at our selection below.
These are all budget hotels, but I looked at the customer ratings as well and only listed the highest-rated cheaper lodging options. I think that everyone deserves good service and clean rooms, no matter the budget.
- Rockerville Lodge & Cabins. Located in Rockerville, about 10 miles and 15-20 minutes drive from Mt Rushmore. With free breakfast and fantastic reviews, this is one of the best-rated cheap accommodations in the area.
- Whispering Winds Cottages & Campsites near Hill City. Fantastic customer reviews and great value.
- Super 8 by Wyndham Custer. Very good reviews, nice rooms, and free breakfast.
- Chief Motel in Custer.
- Black Hills Mile Hi Motel in Custer.
TIP: It’s worth noting that also the more expensive hotels sometimes offer discounts, especially if you are traveling outside the high season. So if you want to visit Mount Rushmore on a lower budget, you should try coming in September. The weather is still nice and most places are open, but it’s much quieter and more affordable than in the summer.
So, this is our guide to the best hotels near Mount Rushmore National Monument in the Black Hills. I hope that it will help you plan your trip to the area.
Just please remember one thing – booking well in advance is essential! The best price-quality accommodations near Mt Rushmore sell out months in advance, especially for the summer months.
***Read also our complete guide to visiting Mt Rushmore and things to do near Mount Rushmore.***
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