camping in badlands is like camping on mars. No trees, hard ground- plan accordingly. This is actually the land of a small motel so it’s super basic. But there’s a little store and restaurant and bathrooms.
The Tilson’s keep their campground and motel well maintained, have hookups for campers, and fire rings for campsites. Can purchase wood from them. Amazing view of the Badlands, and can walk into the park. beautiful pastures with horses surround. minutes from Highway 90.
Ccampground with basic amenities (small pool, clean showerhouse) and attached motel for those who prefer to stay indoors. Storms can come up quickly in this part of the country and blow through unexpectedly so make sure your tent/camper is well secured!
We had a FHU site for our travel trailer. The sites are level, although a bit close to each other. There is some shade which was welcome! We had great views of the Badlands National Park since this campground is located just outside the park. Bathrooms are a bit dated, but adequate.
A pretty minimal campground but they had the essentials. I loved that it was close to hiking trails and the views were amazing.
The campground was convenient for the short amount of time we had to explore. Although, camp sites lacked shade and were closer than we would have liked. Grounds were neat and tidy but showers could be cleaner and updated. All in all, not bad.
This is a minimalist campground. Know that coming in. Not a lot of trees but nice bathrooms and shower houses. Went over mothers day weekend and it was raining. The plan was to backpack but I opted for the campground not knowing what Mother Nature was going to throw at me. Opted to use my hamock to stay off the wet ground. Turned the picnic shelter into a covered hammock set up. Great little restaurant where I treated myself to a mother’s day Indian taco and bottle of adventurer wine!
Great views of park, far enough away from your neighbor. Each site had a bench and a cover, the tents sat in a grass area, not gravel or sand. Great price for the night. Large enough to fit 4 tents.
Be prepared for any type of weather if you go before May. We got a windstorm, rainstorm, and snowstorm all in a 24 hour period. It was worth every minute though. It is at the start of the badlands and in the morning the sun rises and opens up the most spectacular views! At night the stars are stunning to look at (when it’s clear). We woke up one morning just before sunrise and drove to one of the higher parts of camp to watch the sunrise, simply amazing! Early morning was also the best time to see wildlife too! I had heard it wasn’t uncommon for campers to wake up with bison or deer lumbering around their tents, we didn’t see that but it sounds like a great experience. Beware of snakes! Lots of places for them to hide. The facilities at the campground were good, just bathrooms hat we could find.
One of my favorite national parks. Has so much to offer and beautiful viewpoints throughout. Easy hiking and mildly busy during the summer!