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'Your GPS is wrong': sign corrects GPS directions that send travellers to a parking lot instead of Mount Rushmore

Travellers relying on GPS to guide them to one of America’s most famous landmarks are being led astray – and a nearby camp has taken matters into their own hands to put tourists back on track.

"Google Maps has a little problem with their GPS for Mount Rushmore. We have resorted to posting a sign. Some folks are sure since their GPS says so that Mt Rushmore is somewhere in our parking lot. We will see if this helps".
“Google Maps has a little problem with their GPS for Mount Rushmore. We have resorted to posting a sign. Some folks are sure since their GPS says so that Mt Rushmore is somewhere in our parking lot. We will see if this helps”. Image by Storm Mountain Center Facebook

A glitch on Google Maps has tourists looking for Mount Rushmore sent about 13 miles off course, reports the Rapid City Journal.

The glitch has been occurring on-and-off for five years, and the Storm Mountain Center, a nearby camp, often has to set tourists back on track. While there is no issue when travellers search for the ‘Mount Rushmore National Memorial’ on their GPS, searching for the vaguer ‘Mt. Rushmore, SD’, causes them to be sent off course, reports the Journal. While the camp has had Google try to address the issue, it keeps coming back.

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture of past U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln (left to right)carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States.
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a sculpture of past U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln (left to right) carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore near Keystone, South Dakota, in the United States. Image by Alexander Howard

The 60-foot tall carving of past American presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt is located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and is the top attraction in the state with almost 3 million visitors a year.

The Storm Mountain Center has attempted to set the record straight, by putting up a sign at their driveway that reads: “Your GPS is WRONG. This is NOT Mt. Rushmore. Go Back to Hwy 16 and take a Right Follow signs to Keystone”.

The centre posted an image of the sign to their Facebook page with the note: “Google Maps has a little problem with their GPS for Mount Rushmore. We have resorted to posting a sign. Some folks are sure since their GPS says so that Mt Rushmore is somewhere in our parking lot. We will see if this helps”.