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We came in late, and although its seems like there are only about 10 designated sites with tables and the like, there's a bit off allowance for overflow and no one seemed to mind. Got to the Badlands just in time to see it in the fading light while our eardrums got used to the silence. After that we had to force our way though a herd of bufallo, but they weren't hostile or scared. It's a long trek to get back there, just don't get in a hurry.
There is one vault toilet and some trash cans scattered about.
You have to travel down 12 miles of gravel road in the Badlands to reach this campground but it is so worth it! The campsites are all on the outward edge of a big circular road, pretty close together, but still very quiet and respectful. There is NO COST and there are 2 vault toilet facilities provided. The adorable prairie dogs are everywhere but go to sleep with the sun. During the evening, a wild bison came to the campground edge to graze. The campground filled up by dark, so be sure to get there early for a place to camp. Picnic tables are also provided, some with sun shades.
Friendly staff at check in. We were tent camping and were given a weird site at the back of the tent area when nobody was there. Sorta weird but we rolled with it. They have a camp store, pool, laundry, showers and clean restrooms. The pool was nice but got crowed because it was smaller.
The best draw to this campground is that it’s a 2 block walk to the famous wall drug store. So there is tons to do. The badlands national park is a must see and very close as well. I would recommend this campground again for its location and friendly staff.
Great campsite, easy access within the park. Badlands rock formations directly output tent window.
For a National park campground run by a contractor we were very disappointed. Our time at the campground was from Sept 10th to the 16th. For the price you had to pay for the showers and if you showered before daylight the lights turned off mid shower so you showered in the dark. The campgrounds really needs to be updated also. Besides us we saw two other rigs get hung up on the short posts that surround the camping area. The small roadside type camping/parking areas aren’t big enough for some rigs. Many of the water fountains didn’t work either.
Brkft at the lodge was a buffet and it was a joke, glad we checked before going. Factory baking powder Biscuits, boil in a bag scrambled eggs, etc.
for the National park it advertised that night sky’s viewing would be until the 14th of Sept, not! Was told Labor Day weekend was it. Same for fossil talk which had know one when we made our appearance at the prescribed time. The campground was full every night and we saw lots of people everywhere we went.
Pluses, the views and animals that we saw.
Very quiet and scenic site. We arrived a little after dark and most of the sites were taken. While this site is “free” they ask you to go to the visitors center to pay the park entrance fee. We could hear the buffalo in the field next to the grounds all night. As well as the coyotes howling and yipping all night. We will certainly come back to this site on our next trip west! Be careful setting up after dark as there are prairie dog holes all around you.
Nothing special about the campsites here (not very spread out and just off the main road), but they provide a good view of the badlands and it’s very close to the park itself.
Main problem was that, given the amount of storms that roll through in the summer, you’d hope the campgrounds were a little raised. I picked the highest spot I could and the tent still flooded a bit during a heavy storm that night. When I got up the next morning, other spots were in much worse condition, though. Basically ponds everywhere and the one couple a few sites down from me had to move in the middle of the night because the flooding got so bad. May have been a particularly bad storm, but the lady said that there are a lot of big storms that roll through at that time of year (mid August)
(Make sure your tent is durable in the wind and staked down really well because if a t-storm does roll through, the winds can exceed 50mph easily. It was a good test for my tent and I was lucky that it survived.)
The owner was really nice though and let me come back the next afternoon to shower after hiking in the Badlands all morning (despite not staying that night).
Pros: you are camping in badlands national park. Night time star gazing program with the park during the summer.
Cons: sites are tightly packed together. No trees. No wind protection. Pay showers. Showers not super clean. Bathrooms and showers do not have counter space or other areas to place personal items.
During our stay sustained winds collapsed our tent during the day. If you are tent camping, using a tent designed to handle windy conditions would be recommended.