The best way to see Mount Rushmore is to get up close and personal with the presidents; a feat you can accomplish by heading over to Rushmore Helicopters, Inc.
When you visit Rushmore Helicopters, you’re greeted by their friendly and knowledgeable staff. As part of the Black Hills Aerial Adventures family, they have almost 60 years of experience flying tours in the Black Hills and fly nearly 22,000 guests every summer. While you’re in the air, you’re in expert hands; Rushmore Helicopter’s pilots train to the highest standards required by the Federal Aviation Administration.
If you’ve never been in a helicopter, you can look into a short discovery tour that will introduce you to the freedom of helicopter flight and a view of Mount Rushmore. Longer tours range from 10 miles in the Keystone area to a 35 mile loop around the entire southern Black Hills. You’ll get to see Mount Rushmore, but also Black Elk Peak, Crazy Horse Memorial, and Needles Highway. If their standard tours don’t cover what you want to see, they’re happy to accommodate custom requests as their schedule permits.
Rushmore Helicopters is the only helicopter touring company with permission to operate within the Black Hills National Forest and Badlands National Park. This means no matter the tour you choose, you’ll have exclusive access to some of the best vistas in the region. See eye to eye with Crazy Horse, thread through the spires of Needles Highway, or watch the buffalo roam in Custer State Park — the beautiful Black Hills are waiting to be rediscovered from above.
Rushmore Helicopters takes walk-ins, but the best way to get the time and tour your family wants is to book ahead. You can submit a request on their website or call them directly to talk to their friendly customer service team.
Rushmore Helicopters is open seasonally, see their chamber listing here for more information.