About Camping in Badlands National Park

About Camping in Badlands National Park
Badlands National Park is located in Interior, South Dakota, and is made up of 64,144 acres of rolling prairie and wilderness. The Oligocene epoch fossil beds that jut out of the surface in sharp, rigid designs are the highlight of the park. Camping is popular throughout the spring and summer months at the two designated campgrounds.

Sage Creek Campground

Sage Creek is a primitive campground that is located on the northern tip of the west side of Badlands National Park. There are horseback riding areas, pit toilets and covered tables.


Cedar Pass Campground

This campground provides pristine views of the fossil formations. On the 96 flat camping sites, each with running water, there are toilets and covered picnic table areas. These sites cost $10 per night with a 14-day stay limit.

Large Groups

For large families, schools or church groups there are four campsites available. For $25 a night, campers have access to large campsites, covered picnic areas and scenic views.


There is no open fire allowed anywhere in the park. Small contained propane stoves or charcoal grills are the only heat sources permitted.

Area Activities

Area activities include back country hiking, biking and horseback riding. Campers may also take the scenic 60-minute drive on the Highway 240 loop to discover the park by automobile.


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