Those wishing to camp at Badlands National Park have two options. The Cedar Pass Area sports a 96 unit camping facility with cold water, flush toilets, sheltered picnic areas, and a dump station. Overnight fees are $10 per campsite and are available on a first come first serve basis. RV's are welcome but be aware there are no hookups. A dump station is available with a $1 fee attached for it's use. Your second option is the Sage Creek Primitive Campground. Accessible only by dirt road at the far northwestern corner of the Sage Creek Wilderness Area, recreational vehicles are discouraged from attempting to reach this destination. The site offers primitive camping with pit toilets. No water, and no open fires are allowed. You can register for a free permit at Ben Reifel, White River, or Pinnacles Ranger Stations. Camping is limited to a total stay of fourteen days. Backcountry camping is not allowed in the park.
If you want more comfortable accommodations, you can stay at the Cedar Pass Lodge which is open from April to October. Offering a restaurant, the Cedar Pass Lodge also provides a number of air conditioned cabins for overnight stay. Reservations are strongly recommended during the summer months.
The 19 mile long, paved, Badlands Park Loop Road cuts through the Cedar Pass Area and runs through a narrow strip of the park west bound from Interior, South Dakota, to Wall, South Dakota. This road offers eleven scenic views and twists and turns through the alien landscape of Badlands. Changing Scenes Overlook, about 3/4 of the distance of the road, is considered by most visitors as the best in the park if you don't care to hike. If you plan to drive through the park, it is best done at sunset or sunrise, when the shadows on the landscape create a sea of changing and vibrant color.
Wildlife of Badlands National Park & Things To Do In The Area...