The Rushmore Parking concessionaire also built a multiple level parking structure that allows parking close to the entrance instead of sprawling acres of parking lots. Much nicer than the old parking. Plus, the parking pass is good for a year, so you can return at no extra fee. We returned for the night lighting ceremony a few nights later. I don't begrudge any of the NP concessionaires, they have changed hands a number of times in Yellowstone and other parks I frequent. They remain competitive to keep their leases. I don't like the prices anymore, I remember when a cabin in YNP could be had for under $25, it's now over $90 a night. Of course I used to buy gas for $.28.9 too!
Bob & Donna
'98 Gulf Stream Sun Voyager DP being pushed by a '00 Beetle TDI