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Fires Unknown
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Cedar Pass - Badlands National Park
National Park Service
Drive In
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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53 Reviews of Cedar Pass - Badlands National Park

Amazing hiking 😍

Fantastic views

This campground is almost surreal. It is completely open so you can see the amazing classic Badlands formations from your tent. This means there’s also no privacy, but it’s worth giving up! Each site has a covered picnic table (as found at many desert/prairie NPS).

Yay: Close to hiking. Water provided.

Nay: It’s hot, dry, and windy but that’s not the campground’s fault :)

Surprise: get up early for the sunrise!!! AND stay up late for stargazing!! Take a siesta to make up for that nature-focussed schedule haha.

Blah Campground in Brilliant Badlands

This campground is very close to the National Park's visitors center and a small market. It offers visitors the usual amenities, picnic table with integrated sunshade and a place to set up the tent. No campfires here as the risk of wildfire can be high. The comfort stations, with flush toilet and sinks perform their duties admirably, as do the pay showers. 

The layout of sites is tightly packed and somewhat cheerless, with few trees to provide shade. There is nothing particularly special about this campground, other than its location. It is little more than a place to sleep and make food; the real magic of the park is all around and should be explored on foot, on a bike, or from the windshield, rather than viewed from the picnic table within the campground. 

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Great campground for amazing views

This is the kind of campground where you camp to get some great views around the national park. Don't expect a lot of trees or really spread out sites. But, the sites are flat and clean (important when in a tent) and the bathrooms/showers are well kept. It's worth getting up early to catch sunrise over the Badlands.

Cedar Pass Badlands

This campground is great for scenic views of the Badlands, if you don't mind the crowds. The campsites at the entrance have the best views with the least crowd. Definitely choose a site on the outer loop to avoid the busy inner area near the bath house. There's at least one little dive bar nearby where the locals hang. Hiking around the campground is fun, but dogs aren't allowed on the trails.

Nice campground, can get windy.

The Badlands actually turned into a pretty cool place. I didn't think the National Park was going to be as nice and fun as it was. The open climbing policy is pretty cool for those adventurous enough to climb. There was a picnic bench with a sun/wind breaker overhead and to one side of the bench. There are flush toilets, running sink water, coin operated showers and there is pump drinking water. The sites are very open with no trees. However at times it did get pretty windy so some of our things started to blow around (Including our tent at one point). Overall, I enjoyed this campground and would have no problem going back.

Great view from the campground!

I visited the Cedar Pass campground in Badlands National Park with my brother. We arrived in the middle of the afternoon and got a good location on the side of the camp. The campground was packed by the time we finished setting up our tent.

The camp is completely open and there is basically no privacy between campsites. No trees. Nothing. It was really windy the day and night we were there. Since there is nothing blocking the wind in the open campground, make sure to secure your tent well if the weather is bad.

Each campsite has a picnic table and a small thing covering it. There is also a bathroom with running water and flushing toilets. It's not the cleanest bathroom I've seen, but I wasn't completely afraid to use it either. It's a lot better than a pit.

One of my favorite things about the campground is the view you have near the front of the park. It's incredible. Especially in the morning as the sun is rising. I'm adding a star to my review from what I would rate it for this reason alone.

As far as the park is concerned, my favorite locations were Pinnacles Overlook, Ancient Hunters Overlook, Yellow Mounds Overlook, and Panorama Point. You can drive through the park in about half a day. If you have young kids, be careful in some of the spots. After seeing it again as an adult, I now know why my dad was so strict about leaving the car in some areas.

The bathrooms!

5 star views, minus 2 stars for the absolutely filthy bathrooms. Overflowing sanitary napkin boxes, overflowing trash, dead bugs and dirt EVERYWHERE! Forget about soap or toilet paper. Even after the "just cleaned" sign was out in the morning, it was evident only the trash had been removed from ONE bathroom- nothing else done whatsoever. I'm not one to leave a bad review but it was disgusting. The campsite itself was nice with a beautiful view and the location is close to several trail heads. At night the campground was quiet. So, if you're in a camper you have nothing to fear. If you're tenting it… Get your tetanus booster before going in the bathroom

Nice Services, Beautiful Location

I've camped here multiple times and each visit have had a pleasant experience with the site locations and campground services. Sites are open (but lack of major vegetation in the area) but the picnic tables do offer a shaded awning and overall the views of the Badlands are gorgeous!

Better than Yellowstone

If you're planning a trip to this part of the country, this is a must see! Breathtaking!