Mount Rushmore National Memorial Sees Surge in Visitors from Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

by Quentin Blount

Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country have made their way to the 81st annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. And as part of their trip, many people made a visit to the iconic American monument, Mount Rushmore.

For more than eight decades bikers have made their way to Sturgis, South Dakota. There, rallygoers spend time with thousands of others who also share a love of motorcycles. Not only do they bond over a shared passion, but the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally also offers all kinds of festivities and events. There are bikes lined up as far as the eye can see, and of course, it also offers some great food.

And as if all of that wasn’t enough of a reason to make a trip to Sturgis, the area there is home to some of the best views in the entire country. One of those is the neighboring Mount Rushmore. Keloland Media Group caught up with a couple of bikers who said that about ten years ago, they first decided to mark the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally off of their bucket list.

“For a hundred miles around there is stuff going on,” said Jim Corban, a biker from Kansas. “You never get to every place. In 12 years I don’t think I’ve seen half of it yet. It’s fun, it’s fun. The first time I was here was in ’93. I’ve been here seven or eight times, always coming up for the rally. I’ve had my kids here, it’s a lot of fun.”

Mount Rushmore Is a “Must Stop” for Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Bikers

By the sounds of it, there is plenty to do at the annual motorcycle rally. So much, in fact, that even bikers who have been going for more than a decade feel they “haven’t seen half of it all.” But that doesn’t stop a large swath of them from making a trip over to one of the most patriotic sites in the country.

Brian Mapps, a biker from Pennsylvania, explained as much. This year was his second time coming to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and to Mount Rushmore.

“It’s something that you have to see in person, ya know? You can see it a million times on TV or on video but it’s nothing like walking up underneath it and seeing it.”

As for COVID-19 restrictions at the national memorial, wearing a facemask is required. That rule stands for all of the buildings on-site, regardless of one’s vaccination status.

“Some of us have masks in case we want to go in and go shopping,” Mapps said. “And some of us don’t.”

Meanwhile, the content director for even made the trip from Sturgis to Mount Rushmore. He posted proof of his visit to his official Instagram account.