Standard (tent/RV)
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Unknown
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Cedar Pass - Badlands National Park
Operator
National Park Service
Access
Drive In
Features
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ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Sanitary Dump
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Location
Cedar Pass - Badlands National Park is located in Badlands National Park in South Dakota
Latitude
43.746 N
Longitude
-101.948 W
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49 Reviews of Cedar Pass - Badlands National Park
Location, location, location

The location is great, as this is in the national park. The bath houses and shower house were kept clean and served our needs for the two nights we stayed, as tent campers. Each site has a picnic table with wind screen (because it can get windy). There is also a lodge (with groceries/ice/camping items/souvenir section) and restaurant) very closeby. Be advised that you cannot have a fire and the sites have abslutely no privacy. Certain sites also are horrible for tent campers if it rains. Trailers remain on the side of the road, as they are blocked from pulling on or backing onto any site. While we were there (5/2018) there was significant digging being done throughout the property that was poorly done with muddy walkways, etc. It was apparent, between the condition of the maintenace and by the checkin service we experienced, that they don’t need to pay much attention to their customer service. Location is why you would want to stay here.

Great location, mediocre facilities

As far as location, this campground gets 5+ stars. The campground is located in one of the 'valleys' and there are no trees, so you have an absolutely incredible view of the hills from every spot in the campground. Sunrises and sunsets are worth it alone, and the star viewing is great. I also loved hearing coyotes all night in the background (but you'll hear cow bells as well!). And while there are no trees in the campground, the NP did at least provide some shade - each picnic table has a hardcover awning, which is absolutely needed in late spring through early fall during the day.

In terms of amenities, I give this campground a 2 or 3 - the shower houses are some of the worst I've encountered in any campground. To start, the showers are not free (which is fine), but they are terrible. The water pressure is actually so high it's painful.. it felt like I was being hosed with a pressure washer, and it got literally everything I had in the shower stall soaking wet including my clothes and towel that were hanging up on the door. The water was also scalding hot, and there was no way to adjust the temperature. After a hot day of hiking and driving in the park, it was the last thing I wanted; I would have much preferred a cold shower (or at least an option to turn the temp down!). If those things weren't bad enough, the shower houses also have a vent fan that automatically turns on when someone enters the building (and stays on for ~20 minutes after the last person leaves), which sounds like a jet plane taking off and can be heard throughout the whole campground. So basically, you can forget about taking one at odd hours without disturbing everyone in the vicinity. They REALLY need to overhaul their whole shower facility.

THE VIEWS

First come, first serve campground with an open concept. On the way to the campground you see prairie dogs and bison at every turn. In front of where we placed our tent, there were prairie dog holes right in front of it. Sitting on chairs outside the tent, watching bison graze in the distance, and hearing coyotes howl in the background. It was a beautiful sunset, and an even more beautiful sunrise. I hope to go again some day!

Plus side: beautiful views of the Badlands

Did an overnight here on my way to the Black Hills National Forest. No privacy but it's the Badlands and there's no trees. The covered picnic table was great! The toilets and showers were clean and hot water(!). I was in site #2 which is pretty secluded based on the rest of the sites. Be prepared with food that doesn't need to be warmed up! I have a Coleman propane portable grill that wouldn't stay lit because of the wind. There's also a great little diner just up the road if you need it! Would highly recommend for a night or two!

Great spot

Great campground for easy access to the park. Good way to beat the crowds. If it's warm bring something to protect from the sun.

Amazing Views

Panoramic views in every direction of this campground but very little privacy exists. No fire allowed to dry condition, but sun shade cover over picnic table was provided. Hot, pay showers available within walking distance of site. Great access to hiking, badlands car loop and wildlife of the park!

Hiking

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. 

Reservations can be made at http://www.cedarpasslodge.com/campground/

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.