My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights while were on a road trip up through the badlands and over to Devils Tower, WY. We did a 10mi round trip day hike and couldn't have had more fun. There was a ton of wildlife and the sunsets were amazing. I only wish we would have a seen a rattlesnake on our hike. We stayed at the lodge, but am planning on going back and backpack for a few nights. Loved it!
We stayed at the Cedar Pass Campground in Badlands National Park the first weekend in March 2016. The weather was unseasonably warm, and the tourists were few. Most of this campground is closed during the "off-season", so we pulled our RV into a pull-through (really, a shoulder) site in the group camp area. During our stay there was only one other person camping, and he camped with a tent. There are pit toilets there, and this time of year they were fairly clean and well-maintained. The sites in the group area are spread apart well. Each area has a covered picnic table. There are no fire pits or grills here, as the fire danger remains high most of the year. Plan to bring a gas or charcoal grill of your own for cooking if you don't use an RV. On occasion we were able to pick up the Wi-Fi from the Cedar Pass Lodge, which is located nearby, but don't plan on campsite internet. This is a rustic campground. That said, water is available at the entrance, as well as a dump station, In addition, electric hook-ups and flush toilets are available in the summer season. This is one of only two campgrounds in this national park. and the other, Sage Creek Campground, is on the far west end of the park, remote, and very rustic (and also FREE). This campground is located within walking distance of the Ben Reifel Visitor Center. Reservations open in March for the summer season, and we recommend making them, as this campground is almost always full in season. Or, visit like we did, in the off-season, which can be much more temperate for weather.
I stayed overnight on a cross country trip and our time was definitely memorable. The park offers vast 360 views of the canyons and rock formations. I remember feeling really small and very far removed from civilization and that was one of the coolest things about the park. After a full day of hiking we set up camp at the Cedar pass campground and watched the sunset and a lightning storm off in the distance. The campground has covered picnic tables to give you some shade from the sun and the bathrooms weren't too far either. Night came and we went into our tents but couldn't sleep long before we were woken up by the wind. We peaked our heads out and saw tents and canopies tipped over and blowing all over the place so we ended up going into the car that night. Turns out there was a tornado a few miles away from the park. The poles to my tent bent but I was just happy it didn't blow away! There was a large storm that night but it gets windy at night in general. Just a heads up!
Host were extremely friendly, beautiful view of the landscape and great campground.
The campgrounds here are definitely nothing special but are sufficient and worth staying at just to see the views in the park. Each site is very open and nearby to the neighboring site. You are provided with a picnic table and a shelter which works for setting up a hammock and staying out of the hot sun. You can also drive right up to the site but be prepared to have no privacy. They come around at night to check up on you and that was very nice to know things were taken care of. We made sure to drive down the road a little ways and get a good view for sunset. Stop in at the welcome center and they will help you out with directions. And make sure not to miss out on some serious night sky stargazing since there is no other light for a good distance you can see EVERYTHING!
site: some more private/larger than others. great views. amenities: clean facilities. attractions: hiking trails near. I will go camping here next time.
This is an OK campsite. Our camp spot wasn't flat. There was water across from us. The worst thing was the outhouse. It stunk really bad and wouldn't think about returning there
Most people doing the great American roadtrip think Rushmore is a must, and most people have barely heard of the badlands. I'm gonna let you in on a secret, Rushmore is not as amazing as you think it is. They're tiny and it's boring. A short drive away (in the across America timeframe) is the Badlands. And they're not overrated, they're underrated and amazing. Spend your time in this amazing American landscape (and pass up Rushmore).
Camping in the badlands area is a must! There are so many hikes in the area that a couple days is necessary to soak up the greatness of the scenery! We enjoyed our stay at Cedar Pass. Nice sites with good amenities.