Absolutely breathtaking views of the badlands right outside the tent. The camping is primitive as there is no water at this location. We had a fire ring for our campfire. Didn't see any bison on our time here but other campers we spoke with saw them right near their campsite!!
This campsite is actually pretty empty. I came last year and it was really basic with a table and fire ring. It gets pretty hot out there. This is a first come first serve site so i recommend coming early. There is nothing to burn out here so please bring your own supply of firewood. At night the temperature drops dramatically and the stars come out which is really pretty. In the morning the temperature come back up pretty early and it gets swarm pretty quickly. About a 15 minute drive away was the cliff shelf trail which I definitely recommend exploring. it is a boardwalk that's about half a mile and it shows you the geographic formations up close. When your out there you see so much animals such as prairie dogs and long horn sheep This park has similar feature to the grand canyon.
Looking for free camping in Badlands National Park? Perhaps a halfway point between your park activites and the black Hills/Mount Rushmore?
Very simple but fun campground. It's an open field space, with picnic tables (some with pergolas), bathrooms, and a secondary area for larger campers. It's fun because you have access to simple, 300-800 ft gain hikes all around you, because you're in a small Valley (think camping on the field inside a soccer stadium). I highly recommend making one of these hikes part of the morning or evening you're there, to see the sunrise/set. Being a free site, it's first come, first served. There are no plots, and so it's quite well understood you should pick an area to make camp that balances privacy to your neighbor with accommodating those yet to arrive.
You'll see prairie dogs and bison, whether by accident or on purpose.
Bathrooms exist on either end of the camping area. No showers or potable water.
I woke up to Bison grazing in the fields by the campground site.
Your tax dollars well spent.
site: covered picnic table. good size. not shaded.
amenities: no water. pretty clean bathrooms. attractions: great national park. wildlife. hiking. I would go camping here again (there were many chipmunks which made camping rough, so another season might be better?)