Scenic Chairlift

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For over fifty years the scenic chairlift has provided breathtaking views of Mount Rushmore and the beautiful Black Hills’ scenery. The scenic chairlift allows people of all ages to enjoy a full nature immersion as you float through the Ponderosa Pines on your way towards our mountain-top summit.

The scenic chairlift is a great way for family and friends to effortlessly connect to nature and the Black Hills. Simply sit back and let yourself experience unparalleled views of Mount Rushmore and endless miles of the Black Hills National Forest!

After relaxing at our summit oasis, ride the chairlift back down if you’d like or if you’re feeling more of an adventure, check out the thrills of the Alpine Slide!



$ 10-12
  • Ages 2-5


$ 15
  • Ages 6+
  • Round-trip ride to the summit and back
  • Full access to flower gardens, decks, trails and George’s Grill
  • Weight limit – 350 lbs. per person
  • Prices are date dependent – see pricing calendar for specific dates and prices

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

All ages and abilities are welcome to ride the chairlift.
It takes 8 minutes each way.
Yes, if you need the chairlift slowed or stopped just ask the lift attendant and they will be more than happy to help.
Of course you can. There are views of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial from the chairlift as well as from the summit.
No, unfortunately the terrain is too steep for visitors to walk to the summit.
Yes, there is a restraint bar that lowers over guests during their ride up and down.
  • Obey all signs, warnings, and instructions
  • No smoking on the chairlift
  • Weight limit – 350 lbs. per person