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Fires Unknown
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Cedar Pass - Badlands National Park
National Park Service
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Cedar Pass - Badlands National Park is located in Badlands National Park in South Dakota
43.746 N
-101.948 W
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49 Reviews of Cedar Pass - Badlands National Park
Odd Layout

We loved how close this campground was to everything, but the actual layout is odd because you don’t actually pull off anywhere. Its all one way streets and parallel parking on both sides of the road, which makes it really tight for big RVs. Unfortunately we were near a curve and someone hit the back of our car. Otherwise, we had no complaints. Just didn’t like the setup.

beautiful all year round

always a gorgeous place to drive through on the way to Wall Drug!

Stunning views!

The campsites are open, without anything to provide privacy. The lack of privacy is worth it for the breathtaking scenery of the Badlands. Hiking here is enjoyable, specially if you go off the boardwalk paths a little. When I went in July the boardwalks were filled with people.

Beautiful location

Great spot with a good view of the badlands formations. The campground is exposed which gives a great view of the sky at night. Regular ranger programs are a great way to end an evening.

Clean and comfy, not secluded

The Cedar Pass campground was a great pitstop for a cross-country road trip. The sites and facilities were clean and comfortable. The picnic tables had appreciated shade coverings, and the grass was perfect for tents. There was even an informative, minimally hokey Forest Ranger presentation at the amphitheater that night. My only critique is that the campground is not very secluded, and without any tree cover, the sites are not very private. It did make for a great view of the sunset, though.

It's called the Badlands for a reason

I loved this campground. Now it could easily have been because it was our first official, set up our tent site after 23hrs of driving. But honestly the views were beautiful.

Sites were nice and level for setting up our tents, the sites had a great covered picnic area. And even though we saw quite a few others camping out, it was quiet. We visited in Oct.

The bath houses were clean and well maintained and showers were sure nice to have.

We rolled in around 7pm so was already dark but waking to the morning sunrise was amazing.

Amazing backdrop

Nice campsite and warm showers. Amazing views of the badlands.

It rained while we were there and some sites got flooded - we were lucky that we had a dry site. Will stay again.

Great location, not roughing it.

I have to say the campground was in a great location a beautiful drive down to it that got the whole family excited to be in the badlands! Our complaint (probably our fault for not doing more research) is that you don’t actually get a “campsite” you pull over on the side of the road (vehicles on both sides with a driving lane down the middle) and hook up to an electrical box. That Is it…it’s literally a parallel parking spot on the side of the road which left our door and awning (if we would have used it) facing out into the middle of the road. At least they give you a table out in the grass. It just wasn’t what we expected. lf you want to spend a day in the badlands I’d crash at this site again but I wouldn’t make it my destination for an extended period of time.

Named Badlands for a reason

Campground is awesome and unique in some ways, right on the prairie with great views of the rock formations in the Badlands. The openness that makes it so cool however leads to total exposure to the elements. Our site had some standing water around the covered picnic table. Additionally a nearby storm hit us with big time winds on our second night that broke one of our tents. Despite the weather troubles, we had a great time in the Badlands: great hiking and views. The Campstore nearby had all the basics and campground had good clean bathrooms and warm showers.No fires are allowed in the campground and the open layout and wind made using the camp stove a bit tricky to use so plan meals accordingly.

Great Views--There is a Shower House

There is a shower house.

The Badlands provide a dramatic landscape during the day and one of the most incredible skyscpaes at night. We opted to sleep sans rainfly, and simply gaze at the stars.

Due to the landscape, the sites are not very private, however, they are also not very cramped (personal space is provided). There is a shower house--bring quarters (and be prepared to lose one or two quarters along the way). I searched for hours to determine if there were showers before reserving and had to wing it. There are showers. As of the summer of 2017, the doors to the bathroom slam, so I would advise light sleepers to select a site further from the main bathroom than closer. There are picnic tables at every site, and a shelter for shade which was very nice under the hot desert sun.

For those still wondering, did I mention that there are showers!