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Top Tent Camping near Badlands National Park

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Looking for the best options for tent camping near Badlands National Park? You can find tent campsites by type, including drive-in, walk-in, and even hike-in for a backpacking adventure. Each spot offers quick access to one or more of Badlands National Park, South Dakota's most popular destinations.

Best Tent Camping Sites Near Badlands National Park, SD (14)

  1. Camper-submitted photo from Buffalo Gap Dispersed Camping

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    Buffalo Gap Dispersed Camping

    108 Reviews
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    1249 Saves
    Wall, South Dakota

    The Wall is a part of Buffalo Gap National Grasslands. It is near The Badlands National Park and is dispersed camping.

    There is only one small developed recreation area on the Buffalo Gap National Grassland. The National Grassland Visitor Center is located in Wall, South Dakota. This site provides the history behind the system of the National Grasslands located across the West.

    While there is only one developed campground, there are plenty of open spaces to camp. Bring your horse, your bicycle or your OHV and spend some quiet time in the wide open spaces of the Grassland.

    https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nebraska/recarea/?recid=30333

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  2. Camper-submitted photo from Badlands Hotel & Campground

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    Badlands Hotel & Campground

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    Interior, South Dakota

    Just a mile from the iconic Badlands National Park, our hotel and full-service campground offers a great base camp to explore South Dakota’s Badlands, Black Hills, and the historic small town of Interior.

    With a variety of rooms, RV sites, and tent sites, we are ideal for couples getaways, family vacations, or traveling groups. We also offer an on-site restaurant, outdoor pool, fire pits, and complimentary WiFi.

    Your Badlands getaway awaits. What are you waiting for?

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $24 - $174 / night

  3. Camper-submitted photo from Badlands / White River KOA

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    Badlands / White River KOA

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    Interior, South Dakota

    Welcome to the oasis of the Badlands! This KOA is just 4 miles from Badlands National Park. The rugged beauty of the Badlands includes a rich fossil bed and the nation's largest protected mixed-grass prairie, where you'll find bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs. The campground is in a quiet rural setting with hundreds of large shade trees beside the White River. Enjoy the pool, fun-bike rentals, mini golf and a large pet park. Pancake breakfasts, Indian tacos and more are served Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Choose from Deluxe Cabins, Camping Cabins, full-hookup Pull-Thru RV Sites, tepees, Premium Tent Sites (with shelter, sink and electricity), standard shaded Tent Sites and big-rig friendly sites with a patio area. Free Wi-Fi! Stop by the grocery store and gift shop. Max pull thru: 120 feet

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    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
  4. Camper-submitted photo from Sleepy Hollow Campground

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    Sleepy Hollow Campground

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    112 Saves
    Wall, South Dakota

    Sleepy Hollow is located one block from the world famous Wall Drug! The city of Wall, The Window to the West, also the west entrance of the Badlands National Park Loop and bordering the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands. Mount Rushmore and Sturgis are 65-70 minutes away!

    All of our 59 RV sites are pull thrus. We offer a heated swimming pool and cable TV. Pets are welcome and we have a new dog park.

    We are a Good Sam Park and AAA approved. Our restrooms were rated 10 out of 10 in 2015 for the 5th consecutive year by Trailer Life/Good Sam Club

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    • Reservable
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  5. Camper-submitted photo from The Wall Boondocking Dispersed
  6. Camper-submitted photo from Baja Area Dispersed - Buffalo Gap National Grassland

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    Baja Area Dispersed - Buffalo Gap National Grassland

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    104 Saves
    Interior, South Dakota

    There is only one small developed recreation area on the Buffalo Gap National Grassland. The National Grassland Visitor Center is located in Wall, South Dakota. This site provides the history behind the system of the National Grasslands located across the West.

    While there is only one developed campground, there are plenty of open spaces to camp. Bring your horse, your bicycle or your OHV and spend some quiet time in the wide open spaces of the Grassland.

    Overnight camping in developed sites is on a first-come, first-served basis. Campfires are allowed unless restrictions are posted. Red Cloud Campground site features 13 sites with picnic tables and fire grates, and a vault toilet. From Chadron, NE travel eight miles south of on U.S. Highway 385 to the campground.

    Backcountry, dispersed or primitive camping (no facilities) is allowed anywhere on the National Forest.

    Practicing Leave No Trace principles ensures that the next person to visit will have the same sense of discovery as those who came before.

    The seven principles are:

    Plan ahead and prepare, Camp and travel on durable surfaces, Dispose of waste properly, Leave what you find, Minimize campfire impacts, Respect wildlife, Be considerate of other visitors.

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  7. Camper-submitted photo from Minute Man RV Park & Lodging

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    Minute Man RV Park & Lodging

    5 Reviews
    15 Saves
    Interior, South Dakota
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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $25 - $40 / night

  8. Camper-submitted photo from Badlands Ranch and Resort

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    Badlands Ranch and Resort

    1 Review
    1 Save
    Interior, South Dakota
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    • Picnic Table
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    French Creek Camping Area

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    57 Saves
    Fairburn, South Dakota

    This small developed campground is a quiet area with picnic tables, fire rings, and a vault toilet. This site is popular for rockhounding. Adjacent to the campground is a barren hill with a layer of exposed rocks, including the occassional agate. Please recreate with respect.

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  10. Camper-submitted photo from Backcountry Camping — Badlands National Park

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    Backcountry Camping — Badlands National Park

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    Badlands National Park, South Dakota

    Permits are not currently required for overnight stays in the Badlands backcountry. Before setting out on an overnight trip contact a staff member at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center or Pinnacles Entrance Station for more information. Backcountry registers are located at the Medicine/Castle Trail Loop, Saddle Pass Trailhead, Conata Picnic Area, Sage Creek Basin Overlook, and the Sage Creek Campground.

    Campfires are not allowed under any circumstances. Use a backpacking stove.

    Pets are not permitted on trails, in backcountry, or wilderness areas.

    The location of your campsite must be at least 0.5 miles from a road or trail and must not be visible from a roadway.

    There is little to no water available in the backcountry. The small amounts of water found are not drinkable or filterable due to the high sediment content. Always carry at least one gallon of water per person per day.

    All refuse must be carried out. Use the cat hole method to dispose of human waste. Dig a small hole 6 to 8 inches deep and a minimum of 200 feet from any water source. Since animals will often dig up cat holes and scatter the toilet paper, it is preferred that you pack out all toilet paper. If you must bury toilet paper, use a minimal amount and bury with at least 6 inches of soil.

    Strain food particles from wastewater, pack out food scraps, and scatter remaining water more than 200 feet from any stream channel.

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