Why Under Canvas Mount Rushmore is a World’s Best

Wake up to the scent of ponderosa pines from the comfort of your luxury tent, then step out onto your private deck to bask in the breathtaking views of the scenic Black Hills, with the iconic Mount Rushmore just a few miles away. After a night spent wrapped in luxe linens in a king-size bed under a canopy of stars, it becomes clear why Under Canvas Mount Rushmore, the perfect basecamp for Mount Rushmore activities, is recognized by Travel + Leisure as a ‘2022 and 2023 World’s Best Hotel.’ While Mount Rushmore’s iconic presence is undoubtedly captivating, see how comfort in nature and unforgettable experiences make this one of the best glamping destinations.

A World-Class Retreat in Nature

Nestled within the lush serenity of nature, Under Canvas Mount Rushmore sits on an original gold mining settlement, less than 4-miles from Mount Rushmore National Monument. As you settle into your luxurious tent, with majestic views of the monument and the hills beyond, you’ll realize that you have unparalleled access to exploring the wonders of South Dakota. All the while enjoying the peace that surrounds away from the bustle of the summer crowds.

Luxurious Accommodations and Amenities

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore’s accommodations and amenities are designed to provide a luxurious experience in the heart of nature. Each safari-inspired tent offers the utmost comfort, featuring cozy king-sized beds adorned with plush linens for a restful night’s sleep. As the evening air turns crisp, the wood-burning stove creates a cozy atmosphere, perfect for unwinding after a day of adventure. Freshen up in your private ensuite bathrooms fitted with a pull-chain shower and organic bath products, ensuring an environmentally conscious bathing experience. With a range of tent types, including the Suite, Stargazer, Deluxe, Safari, and even Kids Tents, guests can find the perfect sanctuary to suit their needs, promising an unforgettable stay amidst the picturesque beauty of the Black Hills.

On-Site Dining and Daily Camp Programming

Culinary Experience

At Under Canvas Mount Rushmore, dining is an experience that delights the senses and complements the natural beauty of the surroundings. You’ll find the restaurant in the main tent, where we offer a range of delectable options for breakfast and dinner. Culinary offerings cater to every palate, from premium espresso and a full breakfast menu to Grab N Go picnic lunches and enticing smoked, grilled, and roasted entrees for dinner. Our dishes are meant to be enjoyed al fresco, where the fresh mountain air and views of Mount Rushmore enrich the experience. In the evenings, top it off with the timeless delight of complimentary nightly campfire s’mores beneath the starlit skies.

Camp Programming

Immerse yourself in the tranquil surroundings with daily programming, such as rejuvenating yoga sessions and live acoustic music, providing a serene experience overlooking the iconic Mount Rushmore and the surrounding landscape. Keep the kids entertained with complimentary outdoor activities. Connect with nature just steps from your tent, and explore the on-site Nature Trail, offering a tranquil pathway through the wilderness. When the sun goes down, watch Mount Rushmore’s evening lighting ceremony from the comfort of our lobby tent. The breathtaking views of the four presidents’ massive sculpture can be appreciated both from the Under Canvas grounds and up close after a short 10-minute drive along the enchanting and scenic Iron Mountain Road.

Unforgettable Experiences with Under Canvas Adventures

Enhance your stay at Under Canvas Mount Rushmore by adding the “best of” adventures to your trip to create lasting memories. After booking your tent, add adventures to your stay with the help of our Adventure Concierge. With Under Canvas Adventures, the possibilities for exploration and excitement are boundless, ensuring an extraordinary stay that goes beyond expectations. Check out a few of our favorite adventures.

Driving Tour

Embark on a half or full-day driving tour, immersing yourself in the heritage of the Black Hills as you visit renowned destinations such as Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, and the winding scenic beauty of Iron Mountain Road.

Guided Hiking

For those seeking to explore the Black Hills on foot, join a guided hiking experience that unveils hidden trails and breathtaking vistas, allowing you to truly connect with the region’s natural wonders.

Kayak & SUP Tour

Take to the pristine waters with a guided paddleboard or kayak tour on Pactola Lake, where you can glide along the glassy surface surrounded by the serene beauty of the Black Hills.

Jeep Safari & Private Hiking Tour

Embark on a Jeep safari for thrilling wildlife viewing, offering up-close views of the magnificent bison herds that roam Custer State Park. Then spend the afternoon exploring the trails.

Private Horseback Riding

And for a truly immersive adventure, embark on a private horseback riding excursion through the stunning landscapes of the Black Hills National Forest, immersing yourself in the timeless beauty of nature.

Things to Do Around Mount Rushmore

Under Canvas Mount Rushmore opens the doors to a world brimming with exhilarating activities, inviting you to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of South Dakota, like the Great 8 destinations.

Hike in the Black Hills

Lace-up your boots and embark on a hiking adventure through the enchanting Black Hills, where hidden waterfalls, breathtaking vistas, and diverse wildlife await at every turn.

Explore Badlands National Park

Immerse yourself in the surreal landscapes of Badlands National Park, where rugged rock formations rise dramatically from the earth, creating a stunning backdrop for hiking, photography, and a profound connection with nature.

Paddleboard on Sylvan Lake

Experience tranquility on the serene waters of Sylvan Lake as you paddleboard amidst the majestic beauty of the Black Hills. Let the peaceful surroundings and stunning reflections on the water create a truly memorable and peaceful escape.

Hike or Take a Scenic Drive around Custer State Park

Discover the wonders of Custer State Park, where scenic drives wind through picturesque landscapes and pristine hiking trails lead to encounters with buffalo herds and other captivating wildlife. Lose yourself in the beauty of nature as you explore this expansive wilderness.

Visit Mount Rushmore National Monument

Stand in awe before the iconic Mount Rushmore National Monument, where the faces of past presidents are etched into the granite cliffs. Marvel at the incredible craftsmanship and the enduring symbol of American history.

Explore Local Wineries and Breweries

Indulge in the flavors of the region by exploring the local wineries and breweries, where you can savor exquisite wines, craft beers, and spirits. Immerse yourself in the unique blend of craftsmanship and local culture, creating a delightful experience for your taste buds.

Staying at Under Canvas Mount Rushmore

Prepare to be delighted by the harmony of luxury and adventure at Under Canvas Mount Rushmore, where you can camp under the stars without sacrificing the comforts of a hotel. Immerse yourself in the splendor of the landscape, embark on exciting adventures, and feel at home with luxury accommodations. With Mount Rushmore as your backdrop and the allure of the Black Hills at your doorstep, your stay at Under Canvas Mount Rushmore will undoubtedly be an unforgettable retreat into nature.

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