This is about the best view you can get of Mount Rushmore, since you are locked out of any closeups.
Mount Rushmore and tourists victims of political squabble
There is one good thing about the failure of Congress to reach any agreement on a budget. Timing.
Imagine if congressional squabbling shut down the government at the height of the area’s summer tourism season. Wind and Jewel caves shuttered. Devils Tower and that “Shrine of Democracy” Mount Rushmore closed until further notice.
Still, it is embarrassing to have fall tourists come all the way to South Dakota only to see that closed sign. Imagine if South Dakota slammed shut Custer State Park just in time for the buffalo roundup? Our lawmakers and governor wouldn’t have a job come next election.
So South Dakota’s Governor Dennis Daugaard has proposed the state, which continues to be fiscally and politically responsible, take over the monument … at least until or if Congress ever gets its act together.
The governor sent a letter to the director of the National Park Service offering state personnel and resources to keep Mount Rushmore open. “Mount Rushmore is a national treasure and is a special location for South Dakotans and citizens across the country,” Daugaard said in the letter. “I am confident state government could work with the federal government and private vendors to securely and competently manage Mount Rushmore during a federal shutdown.”
The governor is willing to raise private funds to pay for the lighting of the memorial and use state personnel to provide security. The visitor center would not be open for operations, but the concessions and gift shop would remain open.