Badlands Camping, Interior, South Dakota, Vacation Sightseeing
The Badlands National Park In the southwest corner of South Dakota about 60 miles east of Rapid City and Mount Rushmore offers RV and tent camping at two locations.
Cedar Pass Campground, on the eastern end of the loop road, is near the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Sage Creek Campgrounds is located deeper within the park at the western end. Both campgrounds are within some stunning landscapes and great views.
Cedar Pass campgrounds is located on the loop road with its frequent pull-outs. The Loop Road traverses the eroded landscape of stratified layers of variously colored deposits that spreads over a huge area of grasslands.
Enter from Route I-90, the east coast to west coast interstate highway at either the east end or west end of the park. At the east entrance you find helicopter rides.
At the west end you find the town of Wall, an old western town worth a visit.
The east, west loop road covers just a small portion of the immense Badlands National Park.
Badlands National Park offers Tent and RV camping for $15 per night. at the park's Ceder Pass Campground.
Cedar Pass has an RV Dump station with a fee of $1.00 for those passing through.
($15 per vehicle entrance fee for park entrance)
The Cedar Pass campground has a Self-pay kiosk that accepts credit cards or correct change for the first come campsites. The sites are small, undeveloped sites with no electric or shade. trees at the sites. Water and bathroom facilities are located at a central building within the campgrounds
Drive through the campground, pick an unoccupied site, pay at the kiosk, and clip your receipt to the post. (open year round)
Group sites are available with reservation.
Private campgrounds are nearby in the town of Interior.
From the parks overlooks and viewpoints you can see wild animals grazing in the flat grassland below. Binoculars help to see them as they keep their distance from the road except in early morning or at dusk when they are more apt to be on the move.
Lynx or bobcat work the roadsides for road kill and a large Prairie dog town lies on both sides of the road at about the midpoint of the loop road.
RV vacationers use the park as a convenient stopover on the way west or east on route 90; the park's loop road is an east/west road. Bikers on the way to the first week in August rally at Sturgis ND make the park a stop on the way. ( $10 entrance fee for Motorcycle)
( $7 for hiker or biker)
In the 1870s homesteads covered the land below the overlooks. Most were abandoned and consolidated into large farms or are now parkland. Just before the east entrance to the park, a typical homestead still stands as a museum and is a worthwhile stop to learn about the history of the area.
The Badlands Loop Road opens up great views and has vista points, overlooks, and hiking trail heads along its route.
The east west loop road runs about 40 miles between the east and west exits on I-90
Badlands National Park Camping
Camping is available at two locations in the park:
Cedar Pass Campgrounds is near the Eastern Park entrance off Highway I-90
Sage Creek Campgrounds located near the west exit of the park.
There is a private campground nine miles from the Visitor Center,east entrance in the Town of Interior. (9 miles to KOA)
How to Reach the Badlands:
The nearest large city is Rapid City South Dakota. Air service reaches Rapid City from hubs in Denver and Chicago.
Rental cars are available at the airport. From Rapid City take scenic Route 44 east to Interior and the National Park campground or take Route route 90 east to Wall and find the Park entrance and loop road.
Best Time To Visit Badlands South Dakota:
May 40 f at night 65 f days
The weather is perfect June, July, August but the mid day temperature can reach over 100f. June is a wet month. July and August can have thunderstorms with hail.
September, 40 f at night 65 f days
Cold and winter snows possible October to April Total snow 2 feet per year.
Sage Creek Campground has no water or other amenities. It has pit toilets and dirt road access but is open to RVs (difficult road for large RV)
The stay limit is 14 days for both campgrounds. Sage Creek has no fee
Wilderness camping (back country Camping) is allowed in the park. Open fires are not. Use of a stove is recommended.
Campers should set up at least 1/2 mile from a road.
The vast Sage Creek wilderness area is recommended by park officials for back country camping. Campers should register although the wilderness camping is without fee.
Sage Creek primitive campground is 20 miles from the town of Wall.
Many wild animals inhabit the park, common sights being the prong horn antelope, the mule deer, and in certain sections of the park, the wild buffalo. Buffalo were reintroduced and now number 800 animals. The animal pictured above is a captive animal in a coral about a half way between the cedar Pass campground and the village of Interior.
Badlands Camping, Interior, South Dakota offers Vacation Sightseeing in the Badlands. Camping gives great access to Sightseeing on the viewpoints above the Badlands National Park's grasslands where animals graze.
Motorcycles touring the Badlands Loop Road
Sunset touring on the Badlands Loop Road
Badlands Camping, South Dakota, Vacation Sightseeing
Badlands Camping, Interior, South Dakota
|Park entrance Fees
$7. individual Hiker or biker
Camping with electrical hookup $28
Badlands Loop Road