Monday, January 24, 2022


The back side of Mount Rushmore most never knew about

By Chuck Woodbury
Everybody knows Mount Rushmore, the most famous tourist attraction in South Dakota. The heads of presidents Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln loom large over the Black Hills. They are the work of Gutzon Borglum and his helpers, who blasted and chiseled the faces into the mountainside for 14 years beginning in 1927.

Today, about 2.5 millions visitors from around the world visit the National Memorial site near Rapid City every year.

Now, a bit of trivia for you.
What tourists do not see, and will likely never see, is the other side of Mount Rushmore. Yet, if you visit any tourist shop within 100 miles, you will find it difficult to miss seeing the many postcards, posters and tee-shirts that depict “the other side of the mountain.”

With a bit of tongue in my cheek, I am willing to share the scene with you. Simply click here.



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Dave J
11 months ago

OK, jokes aside there IS something worth noticing behind the faces. The unfinished “Hall of Records”. A place designed to be the receptical of our nation’s vital records. Original constitution, original copies of the “Bill of Rights”, etc. Like the monument itself, it never got finished.

Rick Seely
1 year ago

If you really want to see what is behind Mount Rushmore, go to Google Maps, go to satellite view
then turn on Globe view (that will put you into 3D mode) Then copy & paste these co-ordinates. 43.879170, -103.459490
There is all kinds of neat stuff back there.

RV Staff(@rvstaff)
1 year ago

Sorry, Peg. It’s still working for me, and as far as I know, no one else has had a problem with it. Hopefully you’ve since been able to get it to work for you. 😀 —Diane at

Scott Taylor
1 year ago

Actually… there is a rock climbing area just behind Mt. Rushmore known as Wrinkled Rocks… kind of fitting, eh?

1 year ago

Too many ads! And I have been on the back side of the mountain. There is an Indian village leading to it. And it’s actually a nice little walk.

1 year ago

Got me hook, line & sinker! Good one!

Tim Mountford
1 year ago

Might want to re-think the phrase, “tongue in cheek ” , in the intro 😉

Janette Herrin
1 year ago
Reply to  Tim Mountford

OMG! True story! hahaha

1 year ago

And I thought I had seen about everything! Obviously not since I had never seen the backside of the mountain.
Slightly related: I have often thought that if the NPS allowed visitors to take home a rock from under the faces that mess would be cleaned up in no time.

Elaine Schuster
1 year ago

If you have seen the movie North by Northwest, the top of Mt. Rushmore is shown as a luxury ranch. Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint have to claw their way up the face side. That part was actually a movie set, so the luxury ranch was as real as the backside postcard here.

1 year ago

Great movie though!

1 year ago

Worked for me too…

1 year ago

Suckered me into looking at behind Mt Rushmore, darn funny Chuck.

Bob p
1 year ago

Worked for me

Ralph Pinney
1 year ago

Good one. I remember those shirts now.